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Since its founding in 1836, the Lowell Institute has
sponsored free public lectures and other educational programs throughout the Boston area. The Lowell Institute was conceived of and funded by Boston businessman John Lowell, Jr., who upon his death left a substantial portion of his estate to a charitable trust dedicated to “the maintenance and support of public lectures for the promotion of moral and intellectual and physical instruction or education of the citizens of said city of Boston.” Lectures were to be free and open to all citizens regardless of gender or race.

The Boston Public Library’s 2018 Lowell Lecture Series features prominent activists, speakers, and writers who explore social justice issues relevant to today’s world.

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