Syosset High School Hosts Author Marc Aronson

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On April 12th, Syosset High School hosted author, professor and historian Dr. Marc Aronson. After reading his book Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials, ninth grade students gathered for a culminating event and an interactive discussion of the Puritan Society, witch hunts, and the societal effects of silencing and ostracizing minority community members. A kickoff assembly featured the chorale students singing an adaptation of Where Is The Love?, a song by the Black Eyed Peas, accompanied by an interpretive dance performance and sign language students signing the lyrics. In breakout sessions proceeding the assembly, Dr. Aronson demonstrated the contemporary relevance of the witch trials that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, and emphasized the importance of speaking up for what is right. He also discussed how young citizens can have a big impact on society, and the importance of taking an active role and voicing opinions in governmental affairs. The events were coordinated by Sarah Wasser, Library Media Specialist. 
Dr. Marc Aronson holds a Ph.D. in American History from New York University and is the recipient of numerous awards including the LMP award for editing, the ALAN award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature, and the Robert F. Sibert Medal for nonfiction. He believes that young people are smart, passionate and capable and his mission is to inspire them to engage with new and challenging ideas. 

Dr. Aronson is pictured here signing copies of his book for Syosset High School students following an interactive discussion.