AIA News

November 11, 2019

Larissa Bonfante Lecture Endowment

Larrissa Bonfante (Courtesy James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, NYU)

As we remember Professor Larissa Bonfante and her long association with the AIA, please consider donating to a fund to name a national lecture in her honor. One of Larissa’s great pleasures was speaking to societies and meeting members. Larissa served the AIA as vice president of the New York Society, as a member of the Governing Board, as a lecturer, and as a member of the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Archaeology. In 2007 she was the recipient of the AIA’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. Please honor Larissa’s many contributions to the AIA, but especially her role as an AIA lecturer, by supporting the effort to fund a national lecture in her name. In this way, her dedication to the AIA will live on for many years to come.

We are very happy to report that an anonymous donor has offered up to $10,000 in matching funds towards this campaign. Gifts can be made online HERE, or by mailing a check to the AIA at 44 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 (please write Bonfante Lecture on the memo line). If you have any questions about this effort, please contact Elizabeth Bailey, the AIA’s Director of Development, at

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