Boston Public Library Announces 2022 Lowell Lecture Series

BPL Speaker Series focuses on themes of equity, hope, resilience, and healing

BOSTON, MA – January 19, 2022 – The Boston Public Library today announced the 2022 Lowell Lecture Series marquee speakers. This year’s lineup will explore the themes of equity, hope, resilience, and healing through a range of engaging speakers. The goal of the Lowell Lecture Series is to provide free and accessible programming to the citizens of Boston. Each discussion will be moderated by BPL President David Leonard, followed by an audience Q&A session.  

The events will be held virtually; patrons can register for the Zoom Webinar link at, or tune in on Facebook Live 

Speaker Schedule: 

February 2, 2022: Philonise Floyd 

  • The brother of the late George Floyd, activist Philonese Floyd tirelessly advocates for an end to systemic racism and police injustice. With perspectives informed by his brother’s legacy, he illustrates how to turn pain into purpose.  
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March 7, 2022: Christine Carter  

  • A sociologist, author, and happiness expert, Dr. Carter empowers us to thrive through 3 surprising, science-based strategies that help individuals lead joyful, productive, and meaningful lives.  
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March 21, 2022: Angela E. Oh  

  • A nationally recognized expert on race relations, Zen Buddhist priest, and attorney who served on President Clinton’s One America Initiative Advisory Board, Oh examines the future of race in America, and how communities in crisis can turn tragedy into opportunities for healing.  
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May 2, 2022: John Jacobs 

  • Life Is Good Co-Founder John Jacobs will discuss the power of optimism, sharing how a Boston-based family business grew into a million-dollar lifestyle brand that changes lives through its charitable foundation and simple wisdom.  
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June 8, 2022: Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.  

  • The New York Times Bestselling author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, confronts America’s history as a country that is “always changing, but never changes;” delving into the ethics of anti-racism, and the complexities of democracy.  
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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.