American School Hosts Annual Board Dinner in New York City
Professor Kathleen Lynch presents a lecture on ancient Greek symposiums at the American School's annual board dinner.

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens hosted its annual board dinner at the prestigious Princeton Club of New York. Members of the American School’s Board of Trustees and Overseers of the Gennadius Library, as well as several special guests, attended the event that was held in Midtown Manhattan.

Alex Zagoreos, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, extended a warm welcome to the audience, which included American School staff members from Athens and Princeton. During his opening remarks, Mr. Zagoreos announced the launch of the School’s Annual Appeal campaign and the corresponding leadership challenge. “The Trustees of the American School have already pledged more than half of the $450,000 goal,” the Chairman proudly proclaimed. “It is our hope that we exceed expectations this year and for others to join us in supporting this historic institution.”

Following the dinner, William Loomis, President of the Board of Trustees, revealed the date for the American School’s fifth annual Gala: Thursday, May 14, 2020. The American School's premier event of the year will be held at the landmark venue Gotham Hall in New York City and will honor Edward E. Cohen, recipient of the Athens Prize, and Curtis Runnels, recipient of the Gennadius Prize.

The evening concluded with a presentation by Kathleen Lynch, Vice-Chair of the Managing Committee of the American School and Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Lynch is a specialist in ancient Greek ceramics, especially pottery produced in Athens. In her lecture, The Ancient Greek Symposium: Where Wine Brings Wisdom, she shared with guests fascinating insights about these key social institutions and the significance of such forums in ancient Greek society, including the role of wine, topics of discussion, and types of pottery used at these events. To learn more, you are encouraged to read Professor Lynch’s award-winning book, The Symposium in Context: Pottery from a Late Archaic House near the Athenian Agora, published by the American School’s Publications Office.

Both the Annual Appeal and Gala help the American School continue preserving, protecting, and promoting Greece’s rich heritage. Gifts directly benefit its acclaimed research, archaeological exploration, publications, outreach, and academic programming. For more information or to donate to the Annual Appeal, please visit ascsa.org/give. For more details about the Gala, please visit gala.ascsa.org.