Schwartz Visiting Fellows

The Schwartz Visiting Fellowship brings the world to our doorstep.

Since 1989, world-renowned experts in their fields have visited Pomfret School under the auspices of the Schwartz Visiting Fellow program. This extraordinary speaker series is the result of the vision and generosity of Michael ’66 and Eric ’69 Schwartz. Past fellows include the writer Joyce Carol Oates, marine archaeologist Robert Ballard, author Bill Bryson, human rights activist Madame Jehan Sadat, and historian David McCullough, to name a few. These eminent visiting fellows have enriched both the School and the Pomfret community. We extend our profound gratitude to Michael and Eric.




2023 Schwartz Visiting Fellow 

Jessica Bruder, Author of Nomadland

Visit: Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27
Public Lecture: Friday, January 27 @ 7:00 PM in Hard Auditorium

Pomfret is pleased to welcome Jessica Bruder as the 2023 Schwartz Visiting Fellow. Bruder is an award-winning journalist who writes about subcultures for publications like The New York Times, WIRED, and Harper's Magazine. She is perhaps best known for the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. In 2020, Fox Searchlight Pictures released a film adaptation of the book, starring Frances McDormand and directed by Chloé Zhao. 

During her visit, Bruder is expected to deliver lectures, visit classes, hold a book signing, and share meals with students and faculty. Bruder will also deliver a public lecture on Friday, January 27  at 7:00 p.m. in Hard Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is NOT required. For those who cannot attend in person, a livestream will be available at

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