Friday, September 20, 2013

A New Undergraduate Intern and the CIG on Tour in Canada

The Institute is fortunate to have for most terms of each academic year an undergraduate intern from a Canadian university. These individuals assist us in realizing our goals for the ongoing development of CIG. At the moment we are focused on the cataloguing the new acquisitions of the Library and in preparing for the public launch of the CIG Portal to the Past on October 30th.

A week ago Sophie Goldberg arrived from Canada as our undergraduate intern for three months this fall. She’s a third year major in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is no stranger to Greece as this summer she participated for six weeks in the WLU archaeological field school associated with the SUNY – Buffalo excavations at the Minoan settlement at Gournia in eastern Crete. This research is under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Sophie’s goal is to become a cultural heritage resource manager. As CIG is presently engaged in organizing and digitalizing its archives, her hands-on experience with us in digital heritage management practices and procedures will be useful for her future career.

You will be able to meet Sophie at the Institute’s fall events. Please welcome her warmly into the Athenian archaeological community!

CIG Canadian Lecture Tour
It is ironic that the overwhelming focus of CIG’s visible activities is here in Greece but that the principal consumers of our potential services are mostly resident in Canada. Despite our broad presence in cyberspace many individuals there are mostly unaware of who we are, whom we serve and what we do. To help rectify this unnecessary lack of awareness I am going to Ontario and to Montreal on the 23rd for ten days to give seven lectures. My lecture is entitled, “Canadians Take the Field Throughout Greece. Over Three Decades of Archaeological Discoveries by the Canadian Institute in Greece”. I will highlight what is CIG, what we do and what we have accomplished in the course of 33 years of archaeological fieldwork. This tour is part of Canadian Ambassador Robert Peck’s program of celebrating 70 years of Canadian / Greek diplomatic relations. Air Transat generously donated my roundtrip ticket.

On the 24th of September I will speak at the University of Toronto followed by giving the lecture on the 25th at McMaster University. On the 26th the Ottawa Friends’ Association of CIG, the local AIA society and the Parnassos Hellenic Society will host me at the University of Ottawa. Belle Quebec and Montreal are my next destinations for the lecture at McGill University on the 27th. Then I am on to the Niagara Peninsula Society of the AIA and Brock University on the 29th. A stop in Peterborough to give the lecture to the Trent University Archaeological Society has just been added for the 30th. I close in Waterloo on October 1st giving the lecture there. It is sponsored jointly by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

So, for all of you who read this blog regularly from a location in southern Ontario or in Montreal, please come to my lecture at a location nearest you. Our website ( has more details for each lecture. I would like to meet you in person!

David Rupp

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