The Paideia Institute's Second Annual Gala



Michael C. J. Putnam and Daniel G. Cohen

presented by

Adele Chatfield-Taylor

Former President, the American Academy in Rome

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The University Club

1 W. 54th St. New York, NY

Cocktails: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:30pm

About The Honorees

The Paideia Institute is proud to present the Arete Award to Michael C. J. Putnam. Professor Putnam is Professor Emeritus of Classics at Brown University and one of the preeminent living scholars of Vergil. He joined the Brown faculty in 1960 after teaching for a year at Smith College. He was Acting Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies 1961-62 and served as one of its Senior Fellows from 1971 to 1986. In 1963-64 he held a Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome where he was later a Resident (1970) and Mellon Professor in Charge of the Classical School (1989-91). Since 1991 he has been a Trustee of the Academy and a Life Trustee since 2010. He received its Centennial Medal in 2009 and Trustees' Medal in 2010. His many acclaimed books include The Poetry of the Aeneid (1965), Vergil's Pastoral Art (1970), Artifices of Eternity (1986), and The Humanness of Heroes (2011). He served multiple terms chairing Brown's Department of Classics and in 2003 received the University's John Rowe Workman Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.

We are also pleased to honor Daniel G. Cohen with the first Paideia Award in recognition of his years of service to the Institute. As the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paideia Institute, he has been instrumental in its early growth and the ongoing development of its mission. He has been the Chairman of The Bancorp, Inc. and Chairman of its Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and its U.S. subsidiary since 1999. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Star Asia Finance Ltd., American Academy in Rome, Areté Living Arts Foundation, and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and is a Member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania.

We are proud to honor Mr. Cohen and Professor Putnam for their years of service to Classics.

About The Paideia Institute

The Paideia Institute seeks to promote the study of the classical humanities through a variety of programs in education, community outreach, and support for alternative-academic careers. We work to spur grassroots interest in primary schools, offer unique study opportunities for high school and college students, support the professional development of graduate students and recipients of advanced degrees, and provide opportunities for non-academics to engage with Classics alongside their professional lives. In 2015, the Society for Classical Studies, the principal learned society for the study of Classics in North America, honored Paideia with its President’s Award, one of the highest honors in the field, citing our work in “significantly advancing public appreciation and awareness of classical antiquity.” All proceeds from the 2019 gala will go to support the operations of the Institute.


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