Since its founding in 1836, the Lowell Institute, opens a new window 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.
“Moments in History,” the 2020 Lowell Lecture series, will commemorate important moments in Boston and Unites States history and the experiences of living this history, including hearing from the first woman to enter and run the Boston Marathon, the Boston bussing crisis, and perspectives of black journalism in the city. This year’s slate of speakers, curated for their historical expertise, will aim to enrich attendees’ understanding of some of the critical moments in history that have shaped our present-day reality.
Special thanks to the Lenox Hotel for the support of the Lowell Lecture series.