Gala 2021: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ Virtual Gala
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ will hold a Virtual Gala 2021 on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6:30 PM, for a sneak peek of The Free and the Brave: American Philhellenes and the Glorious Struggle of the Greeks (1776–1866). This upcoming exhibition in the new Makriyannis Wing of the world-renowned Gennadius Library will commemorate the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence and pay tribute to American philhellenism.
The Virtual Gala will be an evening of inspiration, education, and celebration that supports the American School’s 139-year mission to preserve, promote and protect all aspects of Greek culture from prehistory to the present day. The School will celebrate Greece’s rich heritage with the Hellenic world’s most distinguished and influential leaders, scholars, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and philhellenes and honors those who have made significant contributions to the study of Greek culture. All proceeds from the Gala will directly benefit the School’s academic programming, excavations, outreach, publications, research, and a wide range of free public lectures, exhibitions, and concerts.
The Gala will...
*Honor Professor Curtis Runnels of Boston University with the Gennadius Prize for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge of post-antique Greece
*Showcase the world premiere of a new American School film that shares the story of Professor Runnels and his passionate pursuit and acquisition of rare Greek books, manuscripts, and artifacts
*Take us to Ancient Corinth to witness the major restoration of Roman Wall paintings discovered by the American School
*Show how innovative technology is helping bring ancient Greece's past to life
*Provide exclusive Post-Gala Breakout Groups for our guests to interact with American School scholars