Keith Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. During his 15-year tenure, he has conducted the Boston Pops in more than 1,300 concerts and introduced the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, which feature the Pops performing with some of today's most prominent jazz and indie artists.
Rabb Lecture HallJim Koch
In 1984, Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Company, brewed his first batch of beer in his kitchen using his great-great grandfather's original recipe. Six weeks after its introduction, Samuel Adams was picked as "The Best Beer in America" at The Great American Beer Festival; the beer has won more awards in international beer tasting competitions in the past twenty years than any other lager in the world.
Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the United States. Goodman's Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Her first book, Turning Points (1979), detailed the effect of the changing roles of women on the family. Six collections of her columns have been published and she most recently co-authored "I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women's Lives" (2000).
Jonathan Kozol has devoted over four decades to the issues of education and social justice in America. His Death at an Early Age, a description of his first year as a teacher, was published in 1967 and received the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion. In his most recent work, Letters to a Young Teacher (2007), Kozol draws upon four decades of experience to guide the newest generation of our nation's teachers into the ethically complicated challenges as well as "the sheer joy and passionate rewards" of what he calls "a beautiful profession."
The Boston Public Library welcomes three enormously talented chefs – Jody Adams, Barbara Lynch, and Lydia Shire – for a roundtable discussion moderated by former Boston Globe dining critic Alison Arnett. These culinary experts will explore the evolution of their extraordinary careers, the launching of their groundbreaking restaurants, and the transformation of Boston dining scene. Moderator Alison Arnett is a restaurant and food consultant, freelance writer, and editor. She served as the Boston Globe's restaurant critic and chief food writer for fifteen years.
Jody Adams runs Rialto, in the Charles Hotel and has published a cookbook, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant (2002).
South Boston-born Barbara Lynch's restaurants include No. 9 Park, which was named one of the "Top 25 New Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit, and her acclaimed new fine dining restaurant, Menton.
After opening Seasons and Biba, Lydia Shire restored the opulence and tradition of Locke-Ober. Her most recent venture, Towne, is a collaboration with chef Jasper White, Patrick Lyons, and Ed Sparks.
Malcolm Rogers assumed the role of Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1994. During the past 16 years, he has expanded the Museum's collection, presented a variety of innovative exhibitions, enhanced arts education programs, significantly enlarged the MFA's campus, and welcomed new audiences. Under his leadership, the MFA has renovated and reopened both historic entrances and undergone a transformative building expansion and renovation, including the new wing for the Art of the Americas collections and the glass-enclosed Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard.
The Lowell Lecture series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge. During the series' long history, speakers have included Charles Dickens, William James, Margaret Mead, William Makepeace Thackeray and, more recently, Salman Rushdie, Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, and Dennis Lehane.
Rabb Lecture Hall is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices are available. To request a sign language interpreter or for help with other special needs, call 617.859.2295 or 617.536.7055 (TTY) at least two weeks before the program.