“THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NORTH SHORE IN THE GAMES INDUSTRY.” Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m., Salem Atheneum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Lecture by Tom Dusenberry. Dusenberry has worked in the games industry for the past 30 years. $15 nonmembers, $10 members, free to students with ID. 978-744-2540 or www.salemathenaeum.net.
“REMEMBERING THE NORTHERN IRELAND ‘TROUBLES.’” Monday, March 17, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Historian Margo Shea of Salem State University will discuss how and why memories of the past, and their expressions in public life, have become so important to the reconciliation process in Ireland since the 40-year period of protracted political conflict known as “The Troubles.” Shea will talk about how very different understandings among nationalists and unionists, Catholics and Protestants, and of the legacies of British involvement in Ireland and the history of Northern Ireland, shape and inform efforts to establish an equal and open post-conflict civil society. She will share stories and observations about the reconciliation process from her work in Derry. Program part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to adults. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. email@example.com, 978-921-6062.
SEVEN LECTURES AT SEVEN GABLES: LISA GRAVES. Wednesday, March 19, 6 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Author and illustrator Lisa Graves kicks off the Seven Lectures series with a discussion on some of history’s most colorful women and their amazing, courageous and often times humorous adventures. Graves will share her process of researching and writing her books “History’s Witches” and “Trail Blazers.” Reservations recommended; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free/Essex Heritage and Seven Gables members, $15/nonmembers. Details at www.7gables.org.
BUILDING A BETTER ROBOT LOBSTER. Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Daniel Blustein, graduate student at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab, will talk about his work studying animals and trying to create robots similar to these creatures. Blustein will bring a lobster robot, a lamprey robot and a flying robot. Blustein works with students using Legos to create robots. Free admission. All are welcome. 781-596-8867.