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 2019 Lowell Lecture Series theme is “Notable Women”. Over the next several months our series will feature prominent authors, journalists, playwrights, curators, and activists who through their lives and work advance women and women’s rights.
Special thanks to the Lenox Hotel for the support of the Lowell Lecture series.