Friday, March 15, 2013

The Secrets Are Out!!!

The Institute has secrets??? Min mou peis!!! What possibly could we be hiding from our loyal members and supporters when Jonathan puts everything, and I mean everything, on facebook???

Well, for the past three years we have been working steadily on making the Institute more accessible and visible digitally. As you already know we updated our website, created a facebook page, began tweeting on Twitter, established a RSS feed and started a regular blog. What could be next in the social media realm you ask???

Chris Stewart, our clever and hardworking volunteer, after experimenting with web cameras and software since last spring has now made it possible for us to dependably live stream our lectures and events. That means you can watch our lectures and events as they happen here at the Institute on Wednesday evenings! While you won’t be able to enjoy our convivial reception afterwards, you can hear and see the lecture and view who is in attendance. The lectures are recorded as well so that we have a digital copy for our archives.

Is that it??? Only live streaming??? Oh, come on that’s so last year, so other archaeological schools!!! Wait a second, as I said “secrets”, there is something else I want to share with you. We have established, with Chris’ initiative, our own YouTube Channel where the lectures and events will soon be available to enjoy at your leisure. There is a caveat here, however. Not every lecturer may wish to have his/her material made public in this way for a variety of reasons. So while it will not be complete, the CIG YouTube Channel slowly, slowly will have an interesting repertory of past lectures and events for you to watch when it is convenient; clothes optional.

So, please, those of you who are not in Athens, join our Wednesday night audience at the Institute. I announce the lectures and events here in this blog on the Friday before the Wednesday and they are listed on our website as well. Mark your dance card now!

Let us know what you think of these new ways to stay connected with the Institute. YOUR Institute!

David Rupp

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