17 May 2021 Newsletter
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MESA Board Statement

SBL is a signatory to the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Board’s statement on Florida bill HB233. Bill HB233 permits students to record in classrooms without obtaining instructor consent. This bill significantly threatens the academic freedom of faculty and researchers of State institutions. Learn more about the MESA statement here.

John Kutsko Appointed to the Executive Committee of the CEO of ACLS

We are pleased to announce the election of the SBL executive director, John Kutsko, to Chair of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Executive Officers (CEO) for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). As chair, John will also serve ex officio as a member of the ACLS Board of Directors. Congratulations, John on this amazing opportunity!

*The Society has a longstanding relationship with the ACLS. Learn more about the 78 learned societies within the ACLS here.

Call for Papers

Save Ancient Studies Alliance has partnered with Digital Hammurabi to create a new type of online conference for ALL Ancient Studies scholars, scheduled for Sunday - Monday, 15-16 August 2021. 

We aim to bring together scholars who do not normally have the opportunity to present and engage with scholarship, including:

  • those who completed a PhD and are now professionals in other fields,
  • those who left PhD programs, or have had to take time out of their studies,
  • contingent faculty,
  • academics from marginalized groups,
  • teachers, professors, and staff from all educational institutions,
  • cultural resource management professionals, and
  • independent scholars.

All scholars of the ancient world are welcomed and encouraged to submit a proposal for a paper or panel in the subject areas of Religion, Culture, or History of the Ancient Mediterrenean and Near East. Topics can range from the discussion of an academic paper to a discussion on the successes and struggles of teaching an ancient curriculum.

More Information

Theological Librarianship, an online, open access journal of Atla, invites submissions of original essays from graduate students. The winning essay will be published in the Fall 2021 issue. Essays should address topics that lie within the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies and that potentially impact libraries. Submissions are due no later than 1 June 2021.
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SBL Annual Meeting 2021 In-Person Registration is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce the in-person portion of the dual 2021 Annual Meetings in San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23, is now open!  As previously announced, this year’s AAR & SBL meetings feature in-person sessions and limited virtual sessions. Our planning continues, and we anticipate opening registration for the virtual-only portion soon.
Visit the 2021 Annual Meeting Website for more Information on both the in-person and virtual-only meetings, including registration rates and deadlines, schedules, hotel information for those attending the in-person meeting, cancellation questions, and answers to frequently asked questions for both meetings. 
Access the registration page at 2021 Annual Meeting Registration
To register you will need your membership number, contact information, arrival/departure dates for hotel accommodations and a credit card. 
For more information, please contact us at annualmeeting@sbl-site.org

CUREMP Outstanding Mentor Award

The Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee (CUREMP) is in search of the recipient of the next Outstanding Mentor Award. CUREMP launched the award in 2020 to honor scholars of color who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars by helping them to develop important professional networks and offering invaluable support in the process of navigating intricacies of the guild. Nomination letters are due 31 May 2021. Learn more this award here.

Johnnetta Betsch Cole to Deliver the 2021 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture

Anthropologist, distinguished educator, and museum professional Johnnetta Betsch Cole will deliver the 2021 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture, which celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance. This is a FREE event presented by the American Council of Learned Societies at 3 PM ET on May 20. Learn more about this event here.

Humanities in Class Digital Library

These SBL resources have been added to the Humanities in Class Digital Library:
Bible Electives in Public Schools: A Guide
Monotheism and Polytheism in the Ancient Near East
The Bible, Hammurabi’s Code and Law in the Ancient Near East
The Story of Joseph
Jesus and His Teachings
Women in Early Christianity
The History of the English Bible

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Newly Elected Members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

We are pleased to announce the induction of four of our members into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Help us congratulate Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University), Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University), Karel van der Toorn (University of Amsterdam), and Teresa Morgan (University of Oxford). Learn more about the 2021 inductees of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences here.

2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows

The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. This year, 72 fellows of humanities and interpretive social sciences received $43,000 to support them in their final year of research and writing. Congratulations 2021 fellows! Learn more about this prestigious fellowship here.

New from Bible Odyssey

Encounter at the Jabbok (Gen 32:22-32)
The Shema

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