Centre for Hellenic Studies

 

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Hellenic Centre of the University of New Brunswick was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind in the Atlantic  region and one of a very small number across Canada.  The  purpose of the Centre is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the impact of Hellenic culture and language on contemporary life across such diverse areas as art, architecture, politics, philosophy, religion, social sciences, law, medicine, and the sciences.  In order to achieve these goals the Centre will strive to facilitate research, teaching, and public education concerning the legacy of the Hellenic civilization from Ancient to Byzantine and Modern times, both in Greece and in the Hellenic diaspora.

Why is the study of Greek culture so important?

Courses pertaining to Hellenic civilization have been taught at UNB since the opening of the Academy in 1787.  In the early years the Greek language and history were courses taken by all students attending UNB, regardless of program; Hellenic studies is therefore a part of UNB tradition.  From a more global perspective Greek culture is considered the "cradle of western civilization."  The origins of the alphabet, western literature, science, mathematics philosophy, sports, politics, theater, theology (particularly Christianity), fine arts and architecture have their roots in Hellenic culture. From an intellectual perspective, Greek history, language and culture instruct students in cross-cultural communications. The Greek language in particular, sharpens analytical language skills and improves knowledge of English and student’s ability in speech-making, writing, and English vocabulary.  Perhaps the most intriguing part of Greek culture is its global appeal and ability to unite people under one roof, as underlined in the following quote by an ancient Greek biographer, Diogenes Laertius, of the 3rd cent. AD: “my fatherland has no single tower, nor any one roof, the whole earth is our town and home ready for us to dwell within.”