With the spring season right around the corner, I extend warm greetings to our AIA Toronto members. This was a very special year for our Toronto society as the AIA Annual Meeting was held right here in early January of this year. This was an exceptional opportunity for us to showcase our society's dedication to archaeology, as thousands of archaeologists and Classicists from around the globe visited us, witnessing the vibrant city and the warm spirit of its inhabitants on an icy winter week. We decided that it would be fitting for us to introduce to our larger community some of the rich and diverse academic panels and workshops that were organized by our local Torontonian and Canadian archaeologists, showcasing exceptional local talent on an international arena. Please scroll down to read the official welcome letter from our very own Prime Minister, the Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau!
At this meeting, with the help of generous donors, we were also able to host an AIA Toronto reception in the sky lounge of the Sheraton, in honor of Joseph and Maria Shaw, who are the pillars of our local society. We thank all of you who were able to join us and make such an exciting and meaningful event possible. For more information please follow us on our various social media outlets, and our award winning website. Yes, at this year’s Annual Meeting, our Society received the Local Society Best Website Award! Our congratulations and gratitude go to our webmaster, Amrita Maharaj.
Our public talks throughout the year boast a list of esteemed speakers who lecture on a diversity of topics, locations, and time periods. We've had wonderful talks this year on topics from our very own Great Lakes region all the way to Neolithic Georgia, not to mention the extended Mediterranean basin covering Egypt and Greece. We have two talks left, on Roman Crete and Etruria. These lectures are free and open to the public, with members' receptions afterwards, and will be held once again on the Anthropology Building's first floor, courtesy of the Archaeology Centre, and the generous support of Prof. Michael Chazan. Please join us also, for the annual banquet that will follow our final lecture for the year on April 25th.
Especially with the Annual Meeting in Toronto, our membership saw a visible increase, and the AIA Toronto welcomes wholeheartedly our new members, and extends gratitude to those of you who are dedicated longtime members. In the face of systematic malpractices and destructions in archaeology, raising awareness through education is a singular weapon against the monolithic forces. I thank you sincerely, on behalf of the Society, for being active members who support our concerted efforts.
Prof. SeungJung Kim
Dept. of Art, University of Toronto
President, AIA Toronto Society