2024 Ena H. Thompson Lectures

Shadia Taha

Shadia Taha is a heritage specialist from Sudan concerned with what heritage means to people, their experiences, and their values. Her field of work included living with a community she studied, using a range of anthropological techniques. She studied and currently resides at Cambridge.

“Ancient Nubia Heritage: Perspectives by a native specialist in heritage and archaeology, challenging previous views and interpretations”

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19

Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center

Stuart T. Smith

Stuart T. Smith’s research centers on the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Nubia. He has published on the dynamics of Egyptian imperialism and royal ideology, as well as the ethnic, social, and economic dynamics of interaction between ancient Egypt and Nubia.

“Black Pharaohs? “Egyptological Bias, Racism, and Egypt and Nubia as African Civilizations”

7 p.m., Thursday, March 21

Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center


About the Lectureship

Endowed in 1980 through the generosity of Ena H. Thompson, these annual lectures encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of history. Generally held in the spring semester, the lectureship brings a distinguished historian to the Pomona College campus for a week of intensive interaction with students, faculty, and alumni. The visiting lecturers are elected both on the basis of their past contributions to the discipline and of the importance of their current research in advancing the field. Typically, they offer two public lectures on campus during the week of their residency and another lecture for alumni at a dinner event in the greater Los Angeles area.

Past Ena H. Thompson Distinguished Lecturers


2023 Kelly Lytle Hernández
2022 Natalia Molina
2021 Angela Davis


2019 Kate Brown
2018 Andrew Bacevich​
2017 James C. Scott
2016 Greg Grandin
2015 Kasia Cwiertka
2014 Tiya A. Miles
2013 Gail Hershatter
2012 Fred M. Donner
2011 Gilbert Gonzales
2010 Thomas R. Metcalf


2009 Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
2008 Pamela H. Smith
2007 David Roediger / Stanley Nelson
2006 Patricia Ebrey
2005 Dominick La Capra
2004 Robin D. G. Kelley
2003 Gilbert M. Joseph
2002 Patricia Nelson Limerick
2001 Linda Colley
2000 Vicki L. Ruiz / Antonia Castańeda


1999 Allan Bérubé
1998 Lynn Hunt
1997 Peter Brown
1996 Tetsuo Najita
1995 Ramón Eduardo Ruiz
1994 John Higginson
1993 G.W. Bowersock
1992 John H. Elliot
1991 Bernard Bailyn
1990 Ramón Gutiérrez


1989 Wolfgang J. Momsen
1988 Jonathan P. Spence
1987 A.W.B. Simpson
1986 Keith Thomas
1985 Natalie Zemon Davis
1984 Carl E. Schorske
1983 Richard Pipes
1982 Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
1981 Emmanuel Leroy Ladurie
1980 Peter Gay