“RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE ARAB SPRING.” Thursday, Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m., Gordon College, Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Jennifer Bryson will present a lecture titled “Religious Freedom and the Arab Spring.” Bryson is director of the Islam and Civil Society Project at The Witherspoon Institute, and is a visiting research professor for peace and stability operations at the U.S. Army War College in the Army’s Institute for Peacekeeping and Stability Operations. Bryson also served as an interrogator at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps and written in favor of human, rapport-building interrogation and against the use of torture. Free. Cyndi McMahon, email@example.com, or www.gordon.edu.
DOUGHNUTS FOR DELEGATES. Friday, Feb. 15, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 9 Mill St., Beverly. North Shore Community Development Coalition will host the third annual Doughnuts for Delegates meeting with North Shore legislators. Event features a discussion about the legislative agenda as it relates to housing and community development throughout the North Shore region. Meet legislators and tour Holcroft Park Homes. All city stakeholders and residents of Gloucester Crossing Neighborhood are welcome to attend. Reserve a spot at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.northshorecdc.org.
LEARN ABOUT HERBS. Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St., Danvers. Essex County Horticultural Organization features herbalist Margi Flint presenting an hour-long lecture and demonstration on how herbs and essential oils can enhance the showering and bathing ritual. Learn about relaxation, stimulation and the therapeutic qualities of plant ingredients. Bring food or drink to share. $5 donation appreciated from guests and members not-yet paid up.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main St., Ipswich. Author and re-enactor William Hallett presenting “Newburyport and the Civil War.” Presentation complements museum’s winter exhibit, “Ipswich and the Civil War.” Refreshments served. $10/nonmembers, free/members. Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. www.ipswichmuseum.org.