The stipend of the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lecturer was never lavish but, by 1989, it was judged to be inadequate by the Lecture Program Committee which recommended cutting the number of lectures given in half. Also in 1989, an anonymous donor established the President’s Lectures Fund to yearly support a special speaker to deliver the lectures not given by the Norton Lecturer.
The President’s Lectureship became the Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lectureship in 1993. In 1998, the endowment was increased to support two Joukowsky Lecturers. Martha Sharp Joukowsky is past President of the AIA and Professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University. She has conducted archaeological research in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Jordan. She is currently excavating the Southern Temple in Petra (Jordan).
The Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturers are distinguished archaeologists and may be of any nationality and work in any field of our discipline. The Joukowsky Lecturers are selected by the Lecture Program Committee and together lecture to twenty-seven local societies annually.