Exploring the Roots of the Vine: the history of wine, an otherworldly drink
Stephen Batiuk recently presented his findings on one of the most enjoyed alcoholic beverages, wine! “Exploring the Roots of the Vine,” focused on the history of wine dating back to the Neolithic period. The Georgian Embassy generously contributed to the event by donating a unique selection of Georgian wines. The Ambassador, H.E. Aleksander Latsabidze, also graciously presented opening and closing remarks which were well received by over 70 participants.
Symposium: Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Art
Sunday, March 5, 2017 10:30AM The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive.
Are cultural rebellion and lyrical reflection key features of Iranian art today, or of contemporary art in general? Be inspired by keynote talks and lively discussion when Canadian and International artists and scholars gather for this one-day symposium. Tour of the Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians exhibition included.
Time ad the Calendar in Babylonian Astrology
Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Earth Sciences Centre auditorium (5 Bancroft Ave.)
Presented by, John M. Steele, Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University
This free public lecture is sponsored jointly by the Jackman Humanities Institute, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
It is no surprise that time played a central role in Babylonian astronomy: the beginning of the new month was determined by the visibility of the new moon crescent; schemes were developed for the length of a shadow cast by a gnomon at different times of day; and eclipses and other celestial events were timed by means of water clocks or observations of the stars. But time also played a major role in Babylonian astrology. This talk will examine some of the ways that time was used to interpret the present and predict the future in Babylonia.
21st Annual NMCGSA Symposium
The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Student Association, (NMCGSA) will be hosting their Annual Symposium at Hart House, Thursday March 9th beginning at 8:45am.
The NMCGSA would like to thank Pathways and Milestones for contributing $5000. The NMCGSA also expresses gratitude to the many sponsors that make it possible for this event to take place including, FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE; SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES; GRADUATE STUDENT UNION; DEPARTMENT OF NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATIONS; CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE; DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE; DEPARTMENT FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION; CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL STUDIES; DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY.
10th Annual Coptic Studies Symposium
Saturday April 1st 2017, Earth Sciences Centre, ES B142, 5 Bancroft Ave. Toronto Ontario, 9:00am 5:15pm. Please register for this event.
This year’s annual Coptic Studies Symposium will focus on Saint Shenoute the Archimandrite and the extraordinary scope of his writings presented by keynote speaker Professor Stephen Emmel, Department of Coptology, Münster University, Münster, Germany and Secretary, International Association for Coptic Studies. This event is co-sponsored by The Canadian Society for Coptic Studies, and The University of Toronto Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.