The Department enjoys strong relationships with scholarly organizations in its field locally and further afield. Below is a brief overview of some community organizations regularly hosting CNERS faculty members as speakers. CNERS faculty also frequently serve on boards of these organizations.


Pharos, The Canadian-Hellenic Cultural Society was founded in 1980. Lectures are presented on all aspects of Greek culture – from ancient to modern. The final Pharos evening of each season is, by tradition, a presentation of Greek music. Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the last Monday of October-November and January-April in the Upper Hall of the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Everyone is welcome.

American Institute of Archaeology

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity.  The AIA Vancouver Society has been around for over 50 years and hosts an annual series of local public lectures and other events.

Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquity

The Vancouver chapter of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities’s mandate is to generate interest in ancient Egypt in and around the Greater Vancouver through:

  • coordinating a lecture program with monthly lectures on all things Egyptian: history, archaeology and language.
  • educating the public about the history, culture and archaeology of Egypt, from prehistory through modern times.
  • organizing field trips to museums that host an Egyptian exhibit, e.g. we visited Tacoma to see ‘Wrapped’
  • collaborating with other societies around Vancouver to reach out into the community, e.g. a sponsored lecture with the Greater Vancouver Biblical Colloquium.

The UBC Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics

The Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics is held by Dr Gregg E. Gardner.  Its aim is to enlarge the understanding of the profound Jewish involvement in the development of law and ethics through outreach activities, research and publication, and teaching. With its emphasis on outreach and public programming, the Diamond Chair is an important tool for promoting contact between UBC and the communities beyond the university. Since Dr Gardner’s arrival in Vancouver in July 2011, he has fulfilled the outreach goals of the Diamond Chair by giving public talks, by organizing events and speakers, and by establishing and maintaining contacts outside the university community.