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Lowell Lecture Series

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. This year marks the 175th anniversary season of the Lowell Institute’s funding of free public lectures and educational programs throughout the Boston area.

The Boston Public Library’s 2016 - 2017 Lowell Lectures series will celebrate William Shakespeare in the 400th anniversary year of his death and feature transformative coming-of-age authors.

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square. A book sale and author signing will follow certain lectures. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

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These programs are presented as part of Revolutionary Boston, a citywide commemoration. To see a full list of programs, visit www.bpl.org/revolution.

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