Screening of the Canadian Film “Stories We Tell”(2012; 1 hour 48 minutes; English)
In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.
Winner of 24 awards at film festivals around the world, Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
Christopher J. Cornthwaite (Neda & Franz Leipen Fellow, The Canadian Institute in Greece; Ph.D. Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto), “In the Shadow of Home: Jews, Syrians, and Religion in Delos and Corinth 200BCE-100CE”
Prof. David W. Rupp (Director/Directeur), "The Activities of the Institute, 2017-2018"
Prof. Scott Gallimore (Wilfrid Laurier University), "An Island in Crisis? Re-evaluating the Formation of Roman Crete"
The conquest of Crete by Rome from 69–67 BC remains poorly understood in terms of its impacts on the island before and after the invasion. From an archaeological perspective, it takes decades before noticeable changes are apparent in Crete’s material culture. This paper will explore this topic by viewing available data through the lens of eventful archaeology, the archaeology of crisis, and resilience theory to reassess the formation of Roman Crete.