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Civic Life Lunch - The Salem Witch Trials: Hauntings from our Civic Past

Tuesday, September 14 | 12 PM ET | Virtual Event

You’ve read The Crucible and watched Hocus Pocus. Now join Tisch College for a conversation with author, illustrator, and researcher Marilynne K. Roach and the Director of Education of the Salem Witch Museum, Rachel Christ, AG21 as we dive into what occurred in Salem, Massachusetts. The devil, fights for power, and fungus have all been to blame for the hysteria that led to over 200 people being accused of witchcraft in 1692. But could the real cause be far more complex than we realize? By examining the social, cultural and civic structures in place, we may get one step closer to understanding this historical tragedy and finding an answer to our ultimate fear: how do we, as a community, ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself? Roach has written for the Boston Globe, the New England Historic Genealogical Register and the Lizzie Borden Quarterly. She has authored 7 children’s books and two adult books including Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. She is also a member of the Gallows Hill Project that verified the correct site of the 1692 hangings. Christ holds a BA in Global History from Clark University and MA in History and Museum Studies from Tufts University. She began working at the Salem Witch Museum in 2015 and has been the Director of Education since 2017. Within this role, Christ works with students and teachers, curates the museum’s exhibits, directs staff training and coordinates the museum’s educational programming.

This event is generously cosponsored by the History Department, the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), the Civic Studies Program and the Women's Center

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