Scholars Discuss (Special): Episode 3

Welcome back and thank you for joining us for the third episode of the Coptic Canadian History Project’s “Scholars Discuss.”[1] In this special episode, we will depart slightly from our usual focus on all things Coptic Studies, to share with you the value of archival preservation and the important work being conducted at York University to identify, archive, digitize, preserve, and provide free access to source materials that reflect the knowledge, collective memory, and experiences of diverse immigrant communities.

We hope you find this discussion educational and are motivated to help preserve the history and heritage of your communities for future generations. Archival preservation offers many benefits to you, your family, your community, your city, and to our collective understanding of diverse immigrant communities that have, and continue to contribute to these many places we now call ‘home.’

Your host for this episode is Michael Akladios, founder and project manager of the Coptic Canadian History Project. He is joined by Michael Moir, head archivist at the Clara Thomas Archive and Special Collections at York University Libraries; Gilberto Fernandez, co-founder and project manager of the Portuguese Canadian History Project; and Christopher Grafos, co-founder and Project manager of the Greek Canadian History Project.

Recorded in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, our guests discuss a broad range of questions, including:

  • What is an archive and what do archivists do?
  • What are the benefits of preserving documents and other material at an archive?
  • Who may access the material once it is donated?
  • Why is it important for individuals to preserve their personal and institutional records in an archive?
  • How may various communities and institutions benefit from having their records preserved and made accessible?

Thank you for listening! Visit our Archival Donations page to view our growing collection of Coptic immigrant history at York University. We welcome new donors and encourage you to read this Fact sheet to learn more about the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections’ donation policies, and to contact us at with any questions.

We invite you to stay tuned for future posts to the Coptic Canadian History Project. To stay up to date, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The CCHP is always looking for people to contribute to our digital initiatives. Please contact if you would like to join or support the Project.

[1] Royalty Free background music and transition sounds gathered from and

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