High Table is a venerable tradition in Lowell House dating back to Lowell's first faculty dean, Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematics professor and ardent anglophile. He instituted High Table, much like the Oxford and Cambridge traditions, as a formal dinner with select seniors and Senior Common Room members of the House.
Over the decades High Table has evolved both in flavor and frequency. It no longer occurs every Monday night but four times each semester, with about 50 people per dinner and carefully assigned seating. It is dressy, it remains on a Monday evening, and it is still seniors-only.
High Table is an opportunity to dine closely with faculty, administrators, and other esteemed guests you would not otherwise encounter. It is an opportunity to network with professionals in various fields or find a connection to a novel undertaking. You may be surprised by who you meet, you might learn something new, or have your imagination inspired. Without a doubt you will meet fascinating people and have an excellent meal!
Logistics for seniors: High Tables have been planned throughout the year. Invitations will be sent directly to you (grouped by entryway) about two weeks ahead of your scheduled High Table. Please respond; we do need responses to these invitations in order to arrange seating. If you cannot attend your scheduled High Table please email the office and reschedule yourself for one of the other dates. The House Office is very happy to accommodate rescheduling.
Due to public health concerns and covid guidelines at Harvard, we will be having two High Tables in the fall of 2021 with seats limited to class of 2022 seniors and SCR members on the current Harvard testing cadence.
Dates of Fall 2021 High Tables are October 25th and November 8th.