November 9, 2016 Newsletter
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25 Years and Counting! Reflecting on the Past and Future of SBL’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Minorities in the Profession

This fall SBL’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Minorities in the Profession celebrates twenty-five years of official existence. We have planned a panel with reflections from founding and crucial members over the years, a plenary address discussing the challenges minoritized scholars confront in our guild, a reception celebrating our twenty-five years of work, and a luncheon where we invite minoritized members to think about plans and strategies for the years ahead, especially with regard to the cultivation of mentoring programs. Yet we write this reflection in a moment of crisis...Read more.

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ICI Books Posted in October

The Qumran Paradigm: A Critical Evaluation of Some Foundational Hypotheses in the Construction of the Qumran Sect
by Gwynned de Looijer, 2015, SBLEJL 43

Royal Apologetic In the Ancient Near East
by Andrew Knapp, 2015, WAWSup 4

Exploring Philemon: Freedom, Brotherhood, and Partnership in the New Society
by Roy R. Jeal, 2015, RRA 2

Evagrius’s Kephalaia Gnostica: A New Translation of the Unreformed Text from the Syriac
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, 2015, SBLWGRW 38

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Council Update: Fall 2016 Meeting Agenda

The SBL Council held its fall meeting on October 29-30, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. See the Council News page for a report on their discussions.

Annual Meeting Updates

Print Your Annual Meeting Name Badge Prior to Arrival

In an effort to cut down on lines for badge reprints at registration, Annual Meeting name badges will no longer be sent via postal mail, but should be printed from a link sent via a special email that was sent to all registrants on November 4.  If you didn’t receive the email please contact, and we will send again.

Book Sale Form

Almost all new, recent, and backlisted SBL Press and Brown Judaic Studies titles are available to SBL members at a thirty percent discount during the Annual Meeting Fall Sale. Download the order form, then mail or fax your order by December 15, 2016. If you prefer to order by phone or at the SBL Press Store, make sure to use the promo code FL2016 at checkout to receive your discount.

Mobile App

The mobile app provides Annual Meeting attendees with:

  • The entire event program, including both AAR and SBL sessions as well as Additional Meetings
  • Exhibitor information, including an interactive Exhibit Hall map
  • Maps of the Annual Meetings hotels
  • Find-a-Friend functionality to allow you to locate your colleagues
  • Information about restaurants, attractions, and nightlife
  • Ability to add sessions and personal events to your Annual Meetings calendar
Attendees will be able to create and customize their own schedule, make notes about sessions, and share information and their schedule with colleagues and friends via built-in social networking. Because the app features an intuitive offline program that is native to Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, there is no waiting for schedule downloads or web pages to load and no dealing with slow or nonexistent Wi-Fi connections. Schedule changes are downloaded in the background, allowing attendees immediate access to event information.

Win Complimentary Registration to the 2017 Annual Meetings in Boston

Have a favorite session, author or panelist you can’t wait to see at the Annual Meetings 2016?  Looking forward to all of the delicious food San Antonio has to offer?  Can’t wait to see the famous Riverwalk?  Snap a photo and post to Instagram with the hashtag #SBLAAR16 and you can win daily prizes that include Starbucks and Amazon gift cards and complimentary registration to the Annual Meetings 2017!  Click here for more details!

Meet Premier Authors

Stop by the Author Signing booth located at the back of the Exhibit Hall (aisle 700) and meet some of this year’s premier authors!  For a list of the authors and times they will be available, please click here.

Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP) 25th Anniversary
Join CUREMP in celebration and reflection of its impact on the society and underrepresented minorities in the field, and preparation for the years to come at the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Check out CUREMP's 25th anniversary schedule of events .

For the latest Annual Meeting information, please go here.

Awards Open for Submission

As of December 1st, SBL Annual Meeting Travel Grants will begin accepting applications, in addition to our award programs available to members of SBL. Check out the webpages of the SBL – De Gruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History, the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship, David Noel Freedman Award for Excellence and Creativity in Hebrew Bible Scholarship, and Status of Women in the Profession Committee Mentor Award. Don’t miss this opportunity. Submit your application today!




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