SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore

SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Postby Randall Tan » Mon May 06, 2013 10:24 pm

Registration (please go to is open for the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The sessions will mainly be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 from Nov 23-26, 2013. Be sure to register by June 15 for the Super Saver (best) rates:

    $150 for Members; $80 for Student Members; $325 for Non-Members; $175 for Affiliate Members; & $100 for Spouses

To get the best hotels (closest &/or relatively better-priced--see, be sure to register as early as possible (usually best to register within days after registration opens).
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AAR-SBL App & Other Sessions of Potential Interest

Postby Randall Tan » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:15 am

The long-awaited AAR-SBL app for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore is up. Simply search for AARSBL13AM in the App Store (for Apple) and Google Play (Android). Some helpful additional information may be found at James McGrath's blog

I already manually entered GERT's additional meetings on Friday, Nov 22 ( using the Add Meeting function & selected GERT's 2 SBL sessions from within the SBL schedule (

There is again a wonderful slate of diverse offerings from various SBL program unit. Besides typically excellent offerings on Greek, Hebrew, linguistics, & Bible Translation, I want to highlight several that caught my eye so far that may potentially be of interest to many users of our forum (unfortunately some of them conflict in time slot):

    Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies
    4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: 344 - Convention Center
    Theme: Workshop: Using Cognitive Science to Increase Student Learning
    Cognitive science understands how people learn better and better. Lecturing is not very effective, but this the model many teachers continue to employ. This session will discuss John Medina’s Brain Rules (ISBN 0979777747) and how his ideas can be applied in our classrooms.
    We encourage participants to read Medina's Brain Rules before the session, but for those who attend who are unfamiliar with his work, we will have a series of brief presentations summarizing them. Participants will form groups of 6-8 and discuss ways to use these insights in our classrooms. After the table discussions, groups will report their ideas to the whole community.
    Taylor Halverson, Brigham Young University, Panelist
    Suzanne Henderson, Independent Scholar, Panelist
    G. Lester, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Panelist
    Adam Porter, Illinois College, Panelist
    Renate Hood, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Panelist
    Donald Polaski, Randolph-Macon College, Panelist

    Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies
    4:00 PM to 6:15 PM
    Room: Peale C - Hilton Baltimore
    Theme: Digital Humanities in Scholarship

    This session presents four diverse points of view on the epistemological transformations in scholarship provoked by the digital tools and supports of writing. Two focus generally on ancient texts, with the point of visualization and the impact on databases and research tools, then two on a specific corpus (Mishna and Septuaginta).
    David Hamidovic, Université de Lausanne, Presiding (5 min)
    Lillian Larsen, University of Redlands
    Min(d)ing the Gaps: Digital Refractions of Ancient Texts (25 min)
    Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
    Neugierig auf die Datei? Reflections on DH Research and Early Christianity (25 min)
    Hayim Lapin, University of Maryland College Park
    A Critical Digital Edition of the Mishnah: Why Bother, and What Can We Learn? (25 min)
    Jacob L. Wright, Emory University
    The Reign of King David Revisited (Cambridge UP): Introducing Enhanced Ebook Publishing as Model for Cross-Over Publications (25 min)

    Blogger and Online Publication
    4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: 329 - Convention Center
    Theme: Student Blogging and Students in the Digital Age

    This session is jointly sponsored by the Student Advisory Board. The paper presentations are followed by an open discussion of student blogging.
    Mark Goodacre, Duke University, Presiding
    Jack Collins, University of Virginia
    Academic Busking: A New Paradigm for Distance Learning and Online Content Creation (25 min)
    Joshua L. Mann, University of Edinburgh
    “We’ve Got the Power”: How Bibliobloggers Can (and Should) Make the Most of Democratized Media (25 min)
    Brian LePort, Western Seminary
    The Dangers of Blogging as a Student (25 min)
    Joel L. Watts, United Theological Seminary and Thomas S. Verenna, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Giving Your Students to Molech's Fire May Be Permitted (25 min)

    Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
    5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: 339 - Convention Center
    Theme: New Paradigms in Evolving Learning Contexts: Navigating Changes in Teaching Religion and Theology

    Cosponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, the AAR Graduate Student Committee, and the SBL Student Advisory Board. The academic professions of religion and theology are currently facing multiple yet interrelated trends: growth in online education, increased preferences for part-time or adjunct faculty, increased enrollments, and increasing student diversity. In order to navigate these evolving learning contexts, graduate students will need to acquire flexible teaching skills that are relevant to emerging academic contexts. This session discusses the pertinent need for graduate students to identify and acquire or improve necessary instructor competencies which include but are not limited to: diversifying instructional methods and teaching tactics for online or blended teaching, active learning techniques, time management, and re-imagining pedagogical situations to address students’ needs. Panelists, most of whom are recent graduates, will share their classroom experiences and working knowledge of emerging instructional strategies, discuss their motivation for becoming adaptive instructors, and reflect on the application of emerging instructional competencies within university, college, and theological school contexts. Participants will be introduced to a variety of instructional strategies and be able to apply insights from the session to address changing teacher expectations.
    Shauna Hannan, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Panelist
    George Tsakiridis, South Dakota State University, Panelist
    Lily Vuong, Valdosta State University, Panelist
    David Eastman, Ohio Wesleyan University, Panelist
    Adriana Nieto, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Panelist

    Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Room: Key 1 - Hilton Baltimore
    Theme: Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Blended Learning and Linking Learning to Assessment

    Richard Newton, Claremont Graduate University, Presiding
    Richard Manly Adams, Jr., Interdenominational Theological Center
    Doing the Reading? The Potential for Social Reading Technologies in the Biblical Studies "Classroom" (20 min)
    Christopher Heard, Pepperdine University
    Searching the Scriptures (without Google’s Help) (20 min)
    Seth Heringer, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena)
    From PowerPoint to Prezi and Polling: Bringing Perichoresis to Presentations (20 min)
    Break (10 min)
    Erica L. Martin, Seattle University
    Connecting with the Kid in the Back Row Using Blended Learning (20 min)
    David Kneip, Abilene Christian University
    Using Podcasts for Learning Assessment in Biblical Studies and the Humanities (20 min)
    John Hilton III, Brigham Young University
    Examining Student-Reported Spiritual Outcomes as a Result of a General Education Religion Course (20 min)
    Business Meeting (15 min)

    Applied Linguistics for Biblical Languages
    4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Room: 329 - Convention Center
    Theme: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)—and Distance

    This session includes web demonstrations. The following are the approximate time allotments: First 30 minutes—Overview of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling and Q&A. Second 30 minutes—Demonstration of TPRS in Greek over internet. Third 30 minutes—Questions and Answers on the Demonstration. Fourth 30 minutes—Second Demonstration of TPRS in Greek over internet. Fifth 30 minute—Question and Answers on Second Demonstration and Issues Arising.
    Randall Buth, Biblical Language Center, Israel, Presiding
    Jordash Kiffiak, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) through Distance Learning, Including a Live Greek Demonstration (150 min)

    Teaching Biblical Studies in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context
    9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Room: 331 - Convention Center
    Theme: "What Challenges Do Teachers of the Bible Face in the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context?"

    A guided open discussion intended to raise and address issues of pedagogy, theory, and practice and to share successful teaching strategies for those who teach biblical studies in the context of the liberal arts
    Janet Everhart, Simpson College, Presiding
    Jonathan Lawrence, Canisius College, Panelist
    Robert Duke, Azusa Pacific University, Panelist
    Benjamin White, Clemson University, Panelist
    Discussion (60 min)
    Break (10 min)
    Discussion (60 min)
    Business Meeting (20 min)

I would also like to highlight a pre-conference workshop sponsored by the Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation section (I may try to catch some part of it, after a late lunch & follow-up discussions after GERT's own pre-conference meeting on Friday):

    A Pre-Conference Workshop on Cognitive Linguistics & Biblical Studies
    WHEN: Friday Nov. 22, 1:30‐6 PM 
    WHERE:  BALTIMORE Hilton, Poe Room 
    PRESENTED BY: Eve Sweetser, Univ. California Berkeley,  
    Bonnie Howe, Dominican University of California & New College Berkeley, GTU  
    Fee:  NONE! But Bring Coffee‐Break Snacks to Share 
Contact Bonnie Howe to confirm attendance (you can find the link to contact her through the program unit description for the Cognitive Linguistics section on the SBL website (
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