Friday Coffees

For all Explorers and Guests

Spring 2018 Semester 

“Friday Coffee” presentations begin at 10:00 am


March 16
Inside the Middleton Jail-a Female Corrections Officer’s Perspective
Allisson Hernandez- Assistant Director of Training, Essex County Correction Facility  Having worked at the Middleton jail for ten years, our guest will give an inside look into prison culture. She will relate her experiences as a new hire and will offer a realistic view of the lives of both corrections officers and prisoners.
Senior Corrections Officer, Allisson Fernandez has hired and trained over 250 new recruits of the 400 uniformed staff at Middleton Jail.
March 23
Revealing Massachusetts Hidden History-Our Submerged Heritage of Maritime Archaeology
Victor Mastone, Director and Chief Archaeologist of the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources of Massachusetts
 There is a diverse range of underwater cultural artifacts in our state’s waters, including over 3000 shipwrecks; also Native American sites, now submerged, as well as wharfs, bridges, and aircraft. Studying these archaeological sites can help to better understand sea level rise and global warming.
 Victor Mastone holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from SUNY, Binghamton, and a B.A. from U Mass, Boston. He is affiliated with Salem Sound Coastwatch, and is a board member of the Massachusetts Archeological Society.
April 6
The Geography of Separate and Unequal: Mapping Modern Day Segregation in the Boston Area 
Marcos Luna, PhD, Professor, Department of Geography, Salem State University
 Despite decades of legal and social change, racial segregation still exists in Boston and surrounding communities. Using geographical mapping techniques, our guest will demonstrate segregation’s material impact on the health, welfare, and sustainability of our communities. Dr. Marcos Luna is Coordinator of the Geo-Information Sciences graduate program at Salem State. His research focus is on environmental justice and applying Geographic Information Systems to the analysis of social and environmental inequities.
April 20
Coach Your Mind: Create Success through the Power of Thought
Jill Kanter, President, Jill Kanter Associates
 In this highly interactive session, our guest will practice several mind coaching techniques to encourage positive thought, release negative thought and deal most effectively with challenges. Participants will learn key principles to create more of what they want (such as enhanced performance and greater self-confidence) and less of what they don’t want (such as feeling overwhelmed).
For 25 yearsJill Kanter was an executive and team coach in large financial services, healthcare and higher education organizations. She founded her independent practice after earning her Ed.M. from Harvard University.
May 18
A Primer on Local Sustainable Food -From both Sea and Land
Niaz Dorry, coordinating Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), Gloucester
Advocating Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) as well as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), our guest will redefine “efficiency” in food production.  Instead of promoting high volume, low value, single species animals or crops, she will relate how a shift toward low volume, high value production systems focuses on the diversity that nature provides, yielding much ecological, social, and economic value.
 In her work throughout the country, Niaz Dorry seeks to advance the rights and ecological benefits of small-scale fishing as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity.  Time Magazine has named her as a “Hero for the Planet”.
May 25 
The Hidden Domestic Lives of Puritan Women
Lori Stokes PhD, Historian, Partnership of Historic Boston
 The spiritual narratives of 17th-century Puritan women reveal that they were completely focused on interpreting events large and small for evidence of God’s outreach to the individual soul. For these women, raising children and creating homesteads in new colonial settlements, the domestic labor was unceasing. How did these women live both as independent spiritual seekers and as wives and mothers?
 Lori Stokes is an independent scholar who specializes in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th-century.  Dr. Stokes is an editor for a digital history project called “New England’s Hidden Histories”, dedicated to transcribing and studying newly discovered 17th-19th-century New England church records.