The Framingham Public Library and Framingham State University are collaborating on a free series of lectures this spring that will explore literary genres, history, and art. The series, which started last month, takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m. through April 18 at the library’s Costin Room, located at 49 Lexington St. Professors from local schools including Boston College and Framingham State will deliver lectures in their fields of expertise. There is no registration necessary, and refreshments are served. Upcoming events include a lecture on the history of Germany from 800 to 1914 on March 7; the work and life of Catholic nuns in 19th-century America on March 14; German history circa 1870 on March 21; paintings about the sea on March 28; American sea literature and female authors on April 4; the whaling trade in New England on April 11; and a discussion on “Moby-Dick’’ the book and John Huston’s 1956 movie, on April 18. For more information on the lecture series, contact the library at 508-532-6347 or visit the library’s website at framinghamlibrary.org. The Friends of the Framingham Library is sponsoring part of the series.