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Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

aka American School of Classical Studies at Athens   |   PRINCETON, NJ   |  http://ascsa.edu.gr/

Mission

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the leading American research and teaching institute in Greece dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture from prehistory to the present. Founded in 1881 as the first American overseas research center, the School is a consortium of nearly 200 universities, colleges, and academic institutes in the United States and Canada, centered in Athens with an administrative base in Princeton, NJ. Its facilities, programs, and resources include excavations in the Athenian Agora and Ancient Corinth, two distinguished libraries, a laboratory for archaeological sciences, and an award-winning publications program.

Ruling year info

1932

Executive Director

George T. Orfanakos

Main address

321 Wall Street

PRINCETON, NJ 08540 USA

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EIN

13-5658824

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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If you are interested in society and how it should function, you would do well to study the past. Whether we are talking about Democracy, Art, Philosophy —it doesn’t really matter what the subject is....it begins in Greece. The study of Greece from antiquity to the present day is critical for understanding the civilizations, history and culture of the Mediterranean, Europe, and Western Asia.

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General Support of the American School

Founded in 1881, the American School offers students and scholars unparalleled opportunities to explore Greece, excavate at ancient sites, study in our renowned libraries, conduct research in our state-of-the-art laboratory, and share discoveries through our lectures, exhibitions, and award-winning publications. Although we are the oldest and largest U.S. overseas research center, we cannot do this alone. Our historic institution has been privately funded since its inception, so we depend on support from friends like you.
Funding our appeal will support the American Schools academic programming, excavations, publications, public programming, research, and scientific discovery.

Population(s) Served

The Schools nine-month Regular Program offers North American graduate students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the topography, art, architecture, and archaeology of Greece and the Greek world from pre- Hellenic times to the present through travel, excavation, and research. The School
also offers Summer Programs, which are open to graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and teachers.

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Located in the heart of modern Athens and attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the Agora was the commercial, political, and legal center of Athens in ancient times. The School has been excavating at the Agora since 1931, and this work has brought to light a rich history of continuous habitation that extends over more than 3,000 years. The major public buildings of ancient Athens are now displayed in a carefully landscaped archaeological park with all the excavated artifacts and excavation records housed in the restored Stoa of Attalos and available online at ascsa.net. These finds have significantly expanded our knowledge of ancient Athens and the origins and practice of democracy, which lies at the foundation of our shared western heritage.

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The School has conducted archaeological excavations at the site of Ancient Corinth almost continuously since 1896. Excavations have documented the history of the site and its territory from the Early Neolithic period (ca. 6,500 B.C.) to the modern day. The ancient city center, where St. Paul preached, and which is toured by more than 150,000 visitors annually, is dominated by impressive Greek, Roman, and Byzantine architectural remains. In addition to its training program in archaeological research, the Corinth Excavations have embarked on an ambitious outreach program for school audiences throughout.

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The Gennadius Library is one of Greeces national treasures. Opened in 1926 with the collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, it now holds over 150,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. In addition to its role as an internationally renowned library and research institution, the Gennadeion is also an active participant in the Athenian and international cultural community through its public lectures, seminars, concerts, exhibitions, and publications.

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The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, extensive comparative collections, and resources for independent scientific research. The Laboratory was founded to serve the interests of archaeological scholars in Greece through long-range, multidimensional programs of research focused primarily on human osteology, faunal analysis, organic residue studies, and a range of geoarchaeological and paleoenvironmental studies. The Laboratory is collaborating with the Greek archaeological authorities to study the ancient cemetery at Old Phaleron, including the analysis of ca. 1,000 individuals buried there.

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The Publications Office disseminates the work of the School in Hesperia, its award-winning quarterly journal, in the extensive Agora and Corinth monograph series, and in various other volumes devoted to Hellenic studies. These works are essential reference tools for anyone researching the archaeology and history of the Mediterranean world. The reputation of the Publications Office for scholarly and editorial excellence attracts submissions from foreign as well as North American scholars.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens aims to advance knowledge of Greece in all periods, as well as other areas of the classical world, by training young scholars, sponsoring and promoting archaeological fieldwork, providing resources for scholarly work, and disseminating research. The American School is also charged by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism with primary responsibility for all American archaeological research, and seeks to support the investigation, preservation, and presentation of Greeces cultural heritage.

The School supports a multidisciplinary approach to Hellenic studies, encompassing the fields of archaeology, anthropology, the archaeological sciences, topography, architecture, epigraphy, numismatics, history, art, language, literature, philosophy, religion, and cultural studies. As an institution in Greece sponsored by a consortium of institutions of higher education in North America, the American School makes its resources available to qualified scholars, promotes the highest standards of research and archaeological fieldwork, and shares the results of its work.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the leading American research and teaching institute in Greece dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture from prehistory to the present. Founded in 1881 as the first American overseas research center, the School is a consortium of nearly 200 universities, colleges, and academic institutes in the United States and Canada, centered in Athens with an administrative base in Princeton, NJ. Today the School is the largest of the 18 foreign research institutes in Greece and the only one that provides a regular program of instruction for advanced students.

Its facilities, programs, and resources include excavations in the Athenian Agora and Ancient Corinth, two distinguished libraries, a laboratory for archaeological sciences, and an award-winning publications program. The School offers students and scholars wide-ranging opportunities to engage in research initiatives centered on Greek history and culture. In addition, the School fosters a dynamic environment through exhibitions, lectures, and concerts that encourage the exchange of knowledge and promote interaction across many audiences. As its founders envisioned, the School remains a primarily privately funded, nonprofit educational and research center.

The American School is blessed with uncommon leadership and vision that have made excellence endemic. By fostering a culture where ideas can be turned into action, we are poised and ready to bring the lessons of Greece's past to the world. Below is a sample of some of our accomplishments:
1) Teaching: providing intensive on-site instruction for graduate students, undergraduates, and secondary school teachers, empowering them with high-quality education and fostering their intellectual growth.
2) Research: maintaining world-class libraries, laboratories, and archives that serve as crucial resources for students, scholars, and researchers. These facilities offer unparalleled opportunities to delve into the rich history of Greece's past.
3) Archaeological Exploration: sponsoring excavations, covering diverse time periods and regions across Greece. These endeavors enable us to unearth historical treasures and contribute significantly to the understanding of ancient civilizations.
4) Publications: creating in-depth studies encompassing the fields of Greek archaeology, art, language, and history. Additionally, we facilitate the publication of final excavation reports, disseminating critical findings to the academic community and beyond.
5) Outreach: informing the global classroom through our webinars, lectures, exhibitions, public programs and award-winning films and publications.

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Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
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Board co-chair

Alexander E. Zagoreos


Board co-chair

William Loomis

Constantine M. Dakolias

Jacqueline C. McCabe

Stathis Andris

Jane E. Buikstra

Jonathan Z. Cohen

Henry P. Davis

Jack L. Davis

Robert J. Desnick

Andrew S. Georges

Greg Lavender

Mary R. Lefkowitz

J. Robert Maguire

George M. Marcus

Arianna Packard Martell

Theo Melas-Kyriazi

Nassos Michas

Sebastien Missoffe

William Slaughter

Charles W. Steinmetz

Phaedon T. Tamvakakis

Andreas M Zombanakis

Frederick W. Beinecke

John McK. Camp

Mark L. Lawall

Kannon Shanmugam