Gala 2020 Postponed Until May 6, 2021

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Gala 2020 until Thursday, May 6, 2021. Please save the date!

Fifth Annual Gala

Experience an extraordinary evening of culture, cuisine, and inspiration at Gotham Hall, a landmark venue in New York City. Celebrate Greece's rich heritage with the Hellenic world’s most influential leaders and scholars, and help support our vital mission. The Gala provides an important source of funding for the School and its academic programming, excavations, outreach, publications, research, and a wide range of free public lectures, exhibitions, and concerts. If you cannot attend, we hope you will consider supporting the School with a monetary or auction item donation at

Schedule of Events

Cocktails: 6:00 PM
Dinner and Program: 7:00 PM
After-party: 10:00–11:00 PM


At the Gala, we will be honoring two distinguished scholars: Edward E. Cohen and Curtis Runnels.

Edward E. Cohen, Recipient of the Athens Prize: Edward E. Cohen is an economic historian specializing in Classical Athens and Imperial Rome. He is the author of many articles and several books on Athens, including Ancient Athenian Maritime Courts; Athenian Economy and Society: A Banking Perspective; The Athenian Nation; and most recently Athenian Prostitution: The Business of Sex (Oxford 2015). He is presently preparing for publication Roman Economy and Society: Elite Slaves and Financial Inequality. Since 1995, he has been Adjunct Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania. His belief that academic economics benefits from insight into the realities of business activity led him into a parallel career as the founder and leader of prominent enterprises in energy, real estate, and banking. In 2011, he was honored with the prestigious Hart Publications’ award as the year’s outstanding energy executive in North America. He holds doctorates in classics (Princeton) and in law (Pennsylvania), as well as an honorary doctorate in economics from Panteios University of Athens, Greece. An alumnus of the American School (Regular Member 1961–62), he was a Trustee from 1981 until 2009, when he became an Overseer of the Gennadius Library.

Curtis Runnels, Recipient of the Gennadius Prize: Curtis Runnels is Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Classical Studies at Boston University. He has been a pioneer in the promotion of long-term studies of landscapes through the integration of geological and archaeological approaches, and his fieldwork and publications on the very earliest periods of Greek history (Paleolithic through Neolithic) were recognized in 2019 when he was given the Archaeological Institute of America’s highest award—its Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. His work on Greek prehistory has also resulted in publications on 19th-century pioneers in that field, notably George Finlay and Heinrich Schliemann. In the course of that work, he has become a prolific collector of early books, diaries, maps, and drawings, which he has been donating to the Gennadius Library and the Archives of the American School. An alumnus of the American School (Associate Member 1977–78), he has been a member of the Managing Committee since 2006 and was elected an Overseer of the Gennadius Library in 2019.

Silent Auction

Our Gala will feature a silent auction at which you can bid on unique and exciting items. We are currently soliciting in-kind donations of unique and varying experiences, jewelry, wine, restaurant gift certificates, apparel, and various other items. All contributors will be acknowledged on this site and in the Gala program. Once all items have been confirmed, we will commence online bidding. Be sure to visit us again soon to view the auction items.


Tables and individual tickets can be purchased at For more information, please contact Nancy Savaides, Director of Stewardship and Engagement, by email at or by phone at 609-454-6810.

Donate Today

The Gala provides an important source of funding for the American School. If you cannot attend this event, please consider supporting us with a monetary or auction item donation. To offer an in-kind gift, please click this link, or contact Nancy Savaides at or 609-454-6810. Thank you for supporting the American School.