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“There is nothing like an author reading from his or her own works,” said Francis Sweeney, S.J., who founded what is now the Lowell Humanities Series in 1957. Among the distinguished writers, artists, performers, and scholars the series has brought to Boston College have been Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Sontag, and Seamus Heaney.

Carlo Rotella, director of American Studies and professor of English, directs the Lowell Humanities Series. He can be reached at You may also contact Katie Daily-Bruckner at 617-552-2203 or with any questions.

Many recent Lowell Humanities Series events are available at Boston College Front Row.

All events are free and open to the public. Directions and parking information.

The Lowell Humanities Series is sponsored by the Lowell Institute, Boston College's Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office.


spring 2014 events

April 9, 2014

Emma Donoghue: Slippery Characters: Writing Historical Fiction in the Information Age
Fulton 511
7:00 p.m.

Born in Dublin in 1969 and now living with her family in Canada, Emma Donoghue is the award-winning author of the novels Room, The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Slammerkin, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths, Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch; and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two literary history anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Frog Music, her new novel, will be published in Spring 2014.

FAll 2014-Spring 2015 Events

November 12, 2014: Peter Fallon

March 18, 2015: Diarmaid Ferritter


Recent Lowell Events

Spring 2014

March 26: George Packer

March 19: Michael Bérubé

March 12: Tracy Kidder

February 20: Tracy K. Smith

fall 2013

November 6: Paul Elie

October 30: Heather Nathans

October 24: Bill McKibben

October 9: Paul Tough

September 25: James Wood


Spring 2013

April 17: Michael Chabon

March 20: Carol Gluck

February 21: Teju Cole

February 6: Karen Russel

January 31: Elaine Pagels

Fall 2012

December 5: Laurent Dubois

November 29: Susan Choi

November 28: Jane Mayer

November 15: Anthony Grafton

October 17: Paul Muldoon

October 3: Katherine Boo