AAR Meeting

Annual Meeting American Academy of Religion Society of Biblical Literature
Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region

University of Colorado Boulder • University Memorial Center
March 24, 2017 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm) & March 25, 2017 (8:30 am – 2:00 pm)

Featuring sessions on diverse religious traditions and historical periods, including:

Buddhism, Past and Present • Race, Religion, and Democracy • The Golden Age of Television: Representation of Religion and Minority Groups

Plenary sessions will include:

  • Who Wrote the Pentateuch? And Why Should I Care? Joel S. Baden (Yale University)
  • Religious Studies Asks, “What is The Environment?” Anna M. Gade (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • And the Word Became Text: The Technology of Writing the Bible Pamela Eisenbaum (Iliff School of Theology)

To view the complete program and register for the conference, visit confreg.colorado.edu/aarsbl or for more information, email aar.sbl@colorado.edu

With support from the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture • Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy • Department of Classics • Department of History • Louis P. Singer Chair of Jewish History • President’s Fund for the Humanities • Program in Jewish Studies


Results: 

The conference opened up new opportunities for collaboration by creating connections between Boulder and other universities in the region and between multiple units within the CU system, including the Department of Religious Studies; Center for Media, Religion, and Culture; Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy; Department of Classics; Department of History; Louis P. Singer Chair of Jewish History; President’s Fund for the Humanities; and Program in Jewish Studies. The conference also strengthened CU’s presence in the field of biblical studies, bringing together students and faculty within the university interested in this area, and elevating CU to a more prominent role in the study of the Bible beyond Colorado: for example, because of exchanges at this year’s annual meeting, CU faculty are involved in conversations about ways to use next year’s regional conference (at BYU) as a space to explore recent developments in the technology surrounding the study of ancient papyri and parchments. Finally, the conference served as an opportunity for graduate students to forge connections with colleagues from across the United States, explore new trends in the study of religion and biblical literature, and receive feedback on their scholarship: student participants came from institutions such as CU Boulder, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, Rice University, and the University of Minnesota (among others), allowing these emerging scholars to engage in conversation not only with senior colleagues such as the plenary speakers, but also with peers from across the country.


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