Join us for six exciting lectures in a series that brings the greatest names in their fields through our doors. Hear from innovative visual and performing artists, composers, critics, and authors in an ongoing conversation with you—their audience—on stimulating issues in culture today. Chosen for their creative brilliance and fresh perspectives, these speakers share their vision, their working process, and their insights.

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted pricing for lectures. For more information, please call 617-369-3310.



Ticket Packages

Purchase a package of any three lectures of your choosing.

Three-lecture package: members $96; nonmembers $120
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In This Series

Photograph of Juan Felipe Herrera

Lectures and Courses

Juan Felipe Herrera: Sharing Stories in Diverse Communities
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:30 pm7:30 pm

In 2015 Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed the 21st United States Poet Laureate, the first Mexican American to hold the position. In his statement of...

BD Wong- Image courtesy of Royce Carlton, Inc.

Lectures and Courses

BD Wong: An Actor's Journey, An Artist's Vision
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 pm7:30 pm

Award-winning actor BD Wong is one of America’s most versatile performers. BD has been on screens big and small for the last 20 years, appearing in...

Photograph of Ann Patchett

Lectures and Courses

Ann Patchett: A Life in Letters
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:30 pm7:30 pm

In 2011, when the last of Nashville’s bookstores closed, Ann Patchett declared “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” In...

Frederick Wiseman

Lectures and Courses

Frederick Wiseman: In Conversation
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:30 pm7:30 pm

Frederick Wiseman is revered as one of today’s greatest living documentarians and filmmakers, having directed, produced, and edited more than 40 full...

Photograph of Angelique Kidjo

Lectures and Courses

Angélique Kidjo: Spirit Rising: Live Your Dreams
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6:30 pm7:30 pm

Three-time Grammy-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo is considered one of the most important international musicians of our...


The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures are funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.