IRISH POET TO SPEAK. Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m., Gordon College, Jenks Library 112, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Princemere Writers Series of Gordon College presents Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail, winner of the Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature. O’Siadhail will read from his newly published “Collected Poems” (Bloodaxe, 2013), which draws on 13 books of poetry. Free. Professor Mark Stevick, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCEANS AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Friday, March 21, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, will discuss the ways climate change is affecting the oceans and marine life, particularly in New England waters. Warren has monitored North Shore salt marsh systems since 1999 and has participated in developing the Wetland Health Assessment Toolbox. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
“BEHIND THE SMILE.” Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., Peabody. Peabody Historical Society presents “Behind the Smile: Orphaned by Hitler’s Madness,” a lecture by the Rev. Peter K. Brenner. Brenner reflects on his experiences as an orphan who was taken from his Norwegian mother at birth by the Nazis during World War II. Five years and three orphanages later, Brenner was brought to America and adopted. Free/Peabody Historical Society members, $5/nonmembers. 978-531-0805.
“UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS.” Monday, March 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Historian Nancy Coffey presents an illustrated lecture about indoor immigrant workers, including maids, butlers, cooks and footmen, who worked behind the scenes on the affluent Beverly Farms estates during the late 19th and early 20th century. 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.
“DIPLOMACY IN BLACK & WHITE.” Monday, March 24, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum host an evening lecture by Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson and signing of his new book, “Diplomacy in Black & White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance.” Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering begins the program with remarks about his ancestor, Col. Timothy Pickering, who played a part in the subject of Johnson’s book. $20/Athenaeum or Pickering House members, $25/nonmembers. For tickets, visit www.salemathenaeum.net.