Congratulations to Mary Sturgeon, Professor Emerita, Department of Art, affiliated faculty in Classics and the Curriculum of Archaeology, on being named one of 2017’s two recipients of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Almuni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The award honors exceptional service to the School, especially by those who have done the most over the years in support of its mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication. The chair of the Award Committee describes Mary as someone who has made outstanding contributions not just in some, but in all these areas!
Founded in 1881, the ASCSA is one of the best resources in Greece for American scholars of ancient and post-classical studies in Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art. (See ascsa.edu.gr.) It offers a variety of programs for graduate students, who receive comprehensive training through visits to archaeological sties and museums and attend seminars led by resident and visiting scholars.
Professor Sturgeon was chair of ASCSA’s 300-member Managing Committee from 2007 to 2012, with a budget of $10 million. Committee members are tasked with overseeing two important libraries, publications, personnel, excavations and surveys, technology, summer schools, and a scientific lab, as well as handling admissions and fellowships. She acted as liaison to the two important excavations at the Athenian Agora and Corinth and to the Board of Trustees, while finding time (somehow!) to be involved in development.
Professor Sturgeon will receive the award in Toronto next January at the annual joint meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies. We congratulate her on her outstanding achievement!