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Council News and Update: Post-November 2016 Council Meeting

The SBL Council met during the morning of November 19, 2016 at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, Texas. Highlights of the meeting included the Council's review of the 2016 Research and Publications Committee report, and finalization of Procedures for Requesting Governance and Policy Changes and Procedures for Making Public Statements. The new procedures were distributed at the SBL Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, November 20, and announced online to all SBL members on Monday, November 28. The Council also continued its work on an Academic Freedom Policy, which we expect to complete at our next meeting in April and announce soon thereafter. At this year's annual meeting, the SBL Council also hosted its first "Conversation with Council" session. Thanks to all of you who attended the session and shared thoughts and questions with the Council. We look forward to convening another session at the 2017 annual meeting in Boston.

Starting in 2017, the SBL Council will focus on several pressing areas of new business. First, we will be reflecting intentionally on the growing international nature of the Society and thinking through how we can be of good support to a membership that is engaging in critical biblical scholarship in expanding and increasingly varied contexts. Second, we will be giving consideration to the crisis in publication that is impacting all disciplines, and third, we will address the implications of the significant decline in academic job listings that our field has seen over the past five years. The context in which SBL serves its members and mission is changing profoundly. The Council is committed to working proactively and creatively to determine ways that SBL can help foster biblical scholarship as we support our members and prepare for the future.

 

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