The Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies enjoys strong relationships with scholarly organizations both locally and further afield.

Explore community organizations that regularly host AMNE faculty members as speakers and where our faculty also frequently serve on their boards.

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, organizing events and speakers, and establishing and maintaining contacts outside the university community.

Archaeological Institute of America Vancouver Society

We host the Archaeological Institute of America Vancouver Society (AIA). The 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. In addition, it supports archaeologists, their research and dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology.

The AIA educates people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery and advocates the preservation of the world’s archaeological heritage. The AIA Vancouver Society hosts a regular series of free public lectures and other special events at UBC that help fulfill this mission. See our website for information on our society and these events.

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