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 animal science professor Temple Grandin; author Bill Bryson; human rights activist Madame Jehan Sadat; historian David McCullough; and celebrity chef Ming Tsai. These eminent visiting fellows have enriched both the School and the Pomfret community. We extend our profound gratitude to Michael and Eric.

2024 Schwartz Visiting Fellow

Ndaba Mandela, Grandson of Nelson Mandela

Visit: Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26
Public Lecture: Friday, January 26 @ 7:00 PM in Hard Auditorium


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Pomfret is pleased to welcome Ndaba Mandela as the 2024 Schwartz Visiting Fellow. Ndaba is the grandson of Nelson Mandela and the founder of the Mandela Institute for Humanity, an organization dedicated to continuing the legacy of the iconic leader by inspiring and uniting people to build a fair and just world. His most recent recent book is Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, which chronicles the years he spent living with his grandfather. Ndaba also served as a global ambassador for UNAIDS — which seeks to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

During his visit, Mandela is expected to deliver lectures, visit classes, sign books, and share meals with students and faculty. Mandela will also deliver a public lecture on Friday, January 26  at 7:00 p.m. in Hard Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For those who cannot attend in person, a livestream will be available at