Gala 2021 Goes Virtual!

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the American School is re-envisioning this year’s Gala as a virtual event. We will host the online celebration on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM EDT and honor Curtis Runnels, distinguished Professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Classical Studies at Boston University. Experience an extraordinary evening of culture, education, and inspiration from the comfort of your own home!

Fifth Annual Gala

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 gala.ascsa.org.

Schedule of Events

Virtual Cocktail Hour: 5:30–6:30 PM EDT
Program: 6:30–7:30 PM EDT
Breakout Rooms: 7:30–8:30 PM EDT

Highlights

• Virtual Cocktail Hour: Join John Camp on a journey of Ancient Greece through Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey, a video game featuring a virtual world created using the American School's research.
• Gennadius Prize Presentation: Celebrate Professor Runnels’s outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge of post-antique Greece.
• World Premiere of the School’s New Short Film: Follow Professor Runnels’s passionate pursuit and acquisition of rare Greek books, manuscripts, and artifacts.
• Sneak Peek of the Upcoming Gennadius Library Exhibition: Enjoy a preview of The Free and the Brave: American Philhellenes and the Glorious Struggle of the Greeks (1776–1866).
• Conservation of Paintings at Corinth: Witness the major restoration of Roman wall paintings discovered by the American School in Corinth.
• Innovative Technology: Learn how innovations in technology are helping bring Greece’s past to life.
• Breakout Rooms: Interact online with renowned scholars, including Professor Runnels, and special guests.

Honoree

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.

Tickets

Tables and individual tickets can be purchased at gala.ascsa.org. For more information, please contact Nancy Savaides, Director of Stewardship and Engagement, by email at nsavaides@ascsa.org 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 nsavaides@ascsa.org or 609-454-6810. Thank you for supporting the American School.