Roger Wilson Named the Dalrymple Lecturer at Glasgow

Roger Wilson Named the Dalrymple Lecturer at Glasgow

Dr. Roger Wilson has been invited to be the Dalrymple Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow in November 2017, where he will give four public lectures on his archaeological research in Sicily. This will give publicity in Scotland for UBC, in particular on Roger’s three recent UBC archaeological projects in Sicily (Gerace, Kaukana and Caddeddi).

‘The Dalrymple Lecture Fund is a generous bequest by James Dalrymple to finance a series of free public Lectures on European topics of historic and archaeological interest. The first Lecture Series was delivered in 1907, and recent speakers have included Lord Colin Renfrew, Dr. Chris Stringer, Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, Professor Ian Hodder, Professor David Breeze and Professor Andrew-Wallace Hadrill. The Fund also generously supports the publication of the Scottish Archaeological Journal.’

Another Award for the From Stone to Screen Project

From Stone to Screen just received notice that they were awarded a Field Museum Visiting Scholarship! The application was completed by Nicholas Kraus (CNERS alum, and current PhD Candidate at Yale) and Chelsea Gardner. The team will travel to Chicago in 2016 to train on advanced Ortery photogrammetric equipment, and will digitize the Field Museum’s collection of cuneiform tablets!

From Stone to Screen Project Wins TLEF Funding

We are pleased to announce that the From Stone to Screen application for third-year funding through the TLEF-FL was successful. This third year of funding will allow the From Stone to Screen team to continue cataloguing the Bahrain and Todd artifact collections and uploading the relevant metadata, while also expanding the McGregor collection to include bibliography, transliterations and translations, and links to other relevant materials. They will also continue with the development of classroom materials and classroom implementation. Congratulations to Maude Côté-Landry, Kevin Fisher, Chelsea Gardner, Gwynaeth McIntyre, Larissa Ringham (Digital Projects Librarian, UBC Library), and Lisa Tweten, who put the proposal together.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Roman History and Culture

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Roman History and Culture (300 BCE – 300 CE). The successful candidate must also be able to teach Latin at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended prior to July 1, 2016), provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, and have demonstrated accomplishments in scholarship, as well as an enthusiasm for teaching in a department with the unique combination of fields present in CNERS. S/he will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and participate fully in graduate supervision, departmental service and events. The programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of CNERS are found at

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Informal enquiries may be made to the Acting Head of the Department of CNERS, Prof. Leanne Bablitz, at leanne.bablitz(at)

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample chapter or scholarly paper (maximum 25 pages). In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent separately by their referees. Shortlisted applicants will be asked for a teaching dossier.

The deadline for the receipt of applications and reference letters is December 1, 2015. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2016. Submit application materials electronically to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Leanne Bablitz at cners.jobsearch(at)

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the SCS annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, January 6-9, 2016.

New Book by CNERS Faculty Members

The department has received an advance copy of Not Sparing the Child – Human Sacrifice in the Ancient World and Beyond – Studies in Honor of Professor Paul G. Mosca, a volume co-edited by Daphna Arbel, Paul Burns, Rob Cousland, Richard Menkis and Dietmar Neufeld from Bloomsbury’s T&T Clark Biblical Studies series. It will go on display in the Departmental book display case before being sent to the Neufeld family.

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Profs. Chaudhry and Ahmed Granted Tenure

Rumee Ahmed and Ayesha Chaudhry received official word from the President’s office that they have been granted promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at the beginning of July. Congratulations Ayesha, Congratulations Rumee.


“For it is not histories that I am writing, but lives; and in the most illustrious deeds there is not always a manifestation of virtue or vice, nay, a slight thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of character than battles where thousands fall, or the greatest armaments, or sieges of cities.” (1.2) In this class we shall read Plutarch’s Life of Alexander, focusing on Plutarch’s narrative technique. In addition, we shall consider the Lives within Plutarch’s larger oeuvre and against other Greek writing from the Roman Empire.

Diet Neufeld – In Memoriam


Dietmar was born to Isaak and Frieda Neufeld in Filadelfia, Paraguay, and moved to Canada at the age of eight. After studying at the University of Winnipeg, and the Mennonite Seminary, he received his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1991. Diet spent most of his academic career at UBC, attaining the rank of Full Professor.

Although Dietmar’s scholarly range was extensive, his particular area of expertise was Social-Scientific Criticism of Christian Scriptures. This is where he established a world-wide reputation. Not only was he the scholar selected to compile the major entry on “The Social Sciences and the New Testament” for Oxford Bibliographies on Line, he also spearheaded two widely successful volumes on Social Scientific Approaches: The Social Sciences and the Translation of the Bible (2008) and, with Richard DeMaris, Understanding the Social World of the New Testament (2010). The Spanish translation of the latter appeared in 2014. To these must be added over twenty articles and book chapters and, most recently, his seminal book on mockery in the New Testament, Mockery and Secretism in the Social World of the Gospel of Mark (2014). In addition, he was the author of Reconceiving Texts as Speech Acts: An Analysis of I John (1994), the jointly authored And So They Went Out. The Lives of Adam and Eve as Cultural Transformative Story (2010), and the jointly edited Not Sparing the Child, a tribute to his colleague Paul Mosca (2015).

Dietmar’s success as an educator was no less impressive. He was a natural instructor who excelled in engaging and intriguing his classes. He did his utmost to meet his students where they lived and to challenge them to think ever more deeply about the modern world by means of their encounters with the ancient world. His success was attested by several richly deserved awards for teaching excellence, including the Alma Mater’s Just Desserts Award, and the highly esteemed UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Latterly in his career Diet also served as an administrator. After several terms as the Associate Head the Head of CNERS, he became department Head in 2012. His insightful, warm, and collaborative leadership style was much admired, and it came as no surprise that he was urged to return for a second session. Diet also served as an administrator nationally; he was the President of the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies when he passed away, having also served as Treasurer for many years.

Besides being an exemplary scholar, educator, and administrator, Diet was an unforgettable person, famed for his friendliness, his sense of humor, and his compassion for others. His contagious warmth, enthusiasm, and joie de vivre inspirited everyone he met, so that not only did he exert a profound impact on generations of students, he also continually inspired his colleagues to aim for excellence in all they did. In short, he imparted light and life to everyone he met: his family, his friends, his students, his acquaintances—we are all a little bit diminished by his loss.

Those interested can make donations to a Memorial Fund established to continue Diet’s remarkable legacy by supporting the study of Christian Scriptures at UBC.

CNERS Student Association Kicks Off a New Year

Welcome, one and all, to the 2015/2016 school year with your friendly neighbourhood CNERS Student Association! We are your one-stop-shop for all things ancient at UBC and are always happy to accept new members. Pub nights, movie roasts, parties, and writing workshops are just a few of the things we offer throughout the year.

Our new executive team is excited to kick off the school year! We are:

President – Constantin Pietschmann

VP Finance – Scherene Auchterlonie

VP External – Jaymie Orchard

VP Internal – Jayden Lloyd

VP Administration – Sophie Mariano

VP Academic – Megan Barbieri

VP Student Life – Sienna Hutton

Secretary – Rodney Mackenzie

Graduate Representative – Katie Hurworth

Undergraduate Representative – Adam Cheifetz

We’ll be working hard to bring you some great events! Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ve got cooking up for the fall term:

September – Imagine Day, Club Days, CNERS Department Meet and Greet/Mixer

October – Alumni and Career night

November – Theme Party

TBA – Movie Roast

We will also be hosting monthly Pizza and Pub Nights with pizza and first round on us! Come out to meet new friends, chat about CNERS, and eat free food!

And now for something new: CNERS SA is proud to be starting a department journal! We’re looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers for this project. For more information, please email and check out our UBC Careers Online posting here. For those interested in submitting papers, stay tuned as more information will be coming in September.

So that’s that! More event info and exact dates will be coming to you soon. In the meantime, we of the CNERS SA Exec team invite you to learn more at, Like us on Facebook, and of course, join the club if you haven’t already! Come find us at Imagine Day and Club Days to join in person or email us at We look forward to meeting you!

CNERS Professors win SSHRC Grants

Three CNERS professors were recently award SSHRC Insight Development Grants.

Lisa Cooper received a two year SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled ‘Archaeological reflections of identity in Neo-Assyrian Period remains at Bestansur, Iraqi Kurdistan’,

Gregg Gardner received a two year SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled ‘Charity for the Rich: Individual Almsgiving in Early Rabbinic Judaism’., and…

Sara Milstein received a two year SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project entitled ‘Nothing But the Truth? Near Eastern Scribes and the Production of Legal ‘Opinions.’

Congratulations to Lisa, Gregg, and Sara!

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