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Salem State Series features Red Sox president, PBS ‘Masterpiece’ executive producer

SALEM — Salem State University will bring two influential speakers to campus as part of the long-running Salem State Series. Sam Kennedy, president of the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox, will take the stage on April 2. Later this year, on Sept. 10, Emmy-winning television producer Rebecca Eaton, who has had recent hits with “Sherlock,” “Victoria,” and “Downton Abbey,” will appear with Jared Bowen of WGBH’s “Open Studio with Jared Bowen,” serving as moderator.

Salem State University’s public lecture series celebrates 37 years of bringing influential speakers to the North Shore, including Tom Brady, Jay Leno, President George H.W. Bush, Maya Angelou, and John Legend. The series is presented under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation.

Kennedy will speak at Salem State’s Twohig Gymnasium at the O’Keefe Complex, while Eaton’s lecture will be at the university’s Sophia Gordon Center. Tickets, ranging from $10 to $120, for both events go on sale Wednesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at or by calling 978-542-7555. Salem State faculty, staff and students may purchase in advance of the general public on March 5 by calling 978-542-7555 or visiting the Series box office at 331 Lafayette St., second floor, between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kennedy is entering his 18th season with the club and his third as president and chief executive officer. In addition to his role with the Red Sox, Kennedy also acts as chief executive of Fenway Sports Management, a sports marketing and sales agency that is a sister company to the Red Sox under the Fenway Sports Group family. Along with leading the Boston team to victory, Kennedy has focused on providing entertainment for the Boston area. He was instrumental in the transformation of Fenway Park into a year-round venue, including concerts, hockey, soccer, football and even a “Big Air” skiing and snowboarding competition.

Sam Kennedy 

Eaton took the helm of the PBS series “Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!” in 1985, and later oversaw a successful relaunch of “Masterpiece” that attracted a new generation of viewers. She has brought American audiences “Wolf Hall,” “Victoria,” “Sherlock,” Poldark,” and “Downton Abbey” — the most-watched drama in PBS history.






         Rebecca Eaton (Anthony Tieuli)

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