Salem Speaker Series announces fall schedule




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                Salem for All Ages has announced its schedule of speakers for its fall 2022 series. Commencing on Tuesday 13 September with a talk by Peabody Essex Museum’s executive director Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, the series of Tuesday evening presentations showcases speakers with important ties to the Salem community.

                The Salem Speaker Series, held at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center in Salem and co-sponsored by the city’s Council on Aging, is entering its third season. In addition to the PEM’s Lynda Hartigan, schedule speakers include three other notable speakers and topics. 

On September 27, Norene Comito Gachignard will discuss “Decision Day”--giving life-coaching advice on wise planning for the end of life

On October 4, Salem State University President John D. Keenan will discuss the future of higher education and the changing role of Salem State.

On October 11, award-winning local poet and Salem educator January Gil O’Neill will read from her work and discuss how poetry is created from our daily lives.

The speaker series was initiated to promote community engagement in Salem and to draw members of the community to the new Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center. Previous speakers included Mayor Kim Driscoll,  Chief of Police Luke Miller,  local historians Jim McAllister and Gwen Rosemond,  Superintendent of Salem Schools Stephen Zrike, and many others.

All of these talks run from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Community Life Center at 401 Bridge Street in Salem. The events are open to the public and free, but advance registration is recommended. Registration and information is available at