|Canadian Ambassador Robert Peck|
On Wednesday evening at the Italian Archaeological School’s auditorium the CIG Portal to the Past was unveiled to the public. After over a year’s efforts by a diligent and enthusiastic team, the dream of the Canadian Ambassador Robert Peck for a “virtual photograph exhibition” and my goal of creating a digital archive for the Institute came forth as the Portal. It is now open to the public at: www.portal.cig-icg.gr . In the medium term it will become trilingual, with the French and the Greek versions comparable to the present English one. The Portal will be a living entity in that it will be added to on a regular basis, with additional materials from older projects, more imagery from the Frederick Winter B/W Negative Collection, the latest material from each year’s fieldwork and the work of new projects. Other collections of images relating to Greek archaeology are contemplated as well.
|At the reception|
Our first event of the fall for our Athens Association of Friends of CIG is on the coming Wednesday, November 6th at 7:30 pm at the Institute’s Library. We are featuring the 2002 Canadian film “Men with Brooms”. This offbeat comedy, centered on curling, tells the story of a reunited team from a small Ontario town, north of Toronto, which longs for the glory of the big win at the “Golden Broom” that they sought ten years earlier but various personal issues had intervened on. It was directed (and performed in) by Paul Gross, with Molly Parker, Leslie Nielsen, Conner Price, plus others. While south of the border this gentle comedy received mixed reviews, in the True North it was appreciated for its wry take on Canadian sensibilities, the “sport” of curling and its sound track that includes songs from The Tragically Hip, Kathleen Edwards, The New Pornographers and Our Lady Peace, among others.