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SBL Student Newsletter
Welcome to the SBL Student Newsletter:
Welcome to the first issue of Dialogos. Feedback? Ideas? As always both are welcome! Please contact Teresa Calpino, Newsletter Editor.

On-Campus Student Representatives (OSRs)
The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is actively recruiting new OSRs. The qualifications for this volunteer position include being a current SBL student member who is in residence at their institution. Other important qualifications are that you be self-motivated, creative, and interested in facilitating professional development and membership at your institution. OSRs customarily serve a two-year term with the possibility of renewal.

OSRs recruit student members, encourage student involvement in SBL activities, disseminate information and directives from SBL and SAB through appropriate campus channels, promote upcoming SBL events (Annual Meeting, Regional Meetings, and International Meeting), and communicate the ideas and concerns of student members to SBL and SAB.

If you are interested in serving in this capacity, or would like more information, please contact Shelley Long, OSR Coordinator.

'Notable' Student Member Nominations
Do you know an outstanding student member in your region, one that is committed to both scholarship and service? If so, submit their name and other relevant information for nomination to Teresa Calpino. We will be selecting and highlighting one 'notable' student member in each upcoming issue of Dialogos!

About the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
The SBL was founded in 1880 and is the international academic membership organization for biblical scholars. People who teach, study, or are interested in academic study of the Bible and its related contexts and literatures are also welcome. The Society’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship and does not hold any denominational or confessional stance. See the website for membership information.
SBL Policy Update: Participation of Student Members at the Annual Meeting Erin Vearncombe
In the summer of 2010, SBL membership began a lively discussion on the identity and mission of the Society, a dialogue that continues to provide new opportunities to the Society in general and to the SBL Council in particular to reflect upon our operation and policies. In response to this discussion, the Council proposed several policy changes ...

From Dissertation to Book
David L. Eastman
One of the first major hurdles in a new Ph.D.'s career is publishing the dissertation. At many universities this is a requirement for eventual tenure and promotion, so it is a distinct advantage to begin this process as early as possible. In this brief article I will be passing along a few tips...

New Student-Focused Session at 2012 Annual Meeting: Rhetoric and the New Testament

The Rhetoric and the New Testament Section of the SBL exists to further the budding field of rhetorical criticism of the New Testament in all its current manifestations. These include analysis of the New Testament using Greco-Roman categories, modern approaches to rhetoric, and interdisciplinary studies that would also include sociology, anthropology, and ideology to name a few. This section, chaired by Greg Carey (Lancaster Theological Seminary) and Todd Penner (Austin Collge), will host three sessions, but the second session is specifically geared toward student members. It is titled "Emerging Movements in Rhetorical Criticism," and invites papers from student members of the Society. Brief student presentations (10 minutes) will be followed by responses from senior scholars in the field. In addition to a proposal, student members should submit a paper of 1250-1500 words for this session. This is an excellent opportunity to present your work and get personalized feedback from leaders in the field. For more information on the section and section chair contact information, please refer to the SBL website.

Upcoming Regional Meetings

SBL has eleven regional groups. These groups are autonomous gatherings of SBL members who choose to come together annually in their respective regions. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to present your work in a more intimate and relaxed venue as well as network with scholars in your region. Here is a list of the upcoming meeting dates and locations for 2012. For regional contacts and additional information, please refer to the SBL website.

2012 Schedule:

  • Central States, March 18- 19 at St. Louis Marriott West
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Eastern Great Lakes, March 22-23 at Quality Inn & Suites
    Richfield, Ohio
  • Mid Atlantic, March 15- 16 at Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
    New Brunswick, NJ
  • Midwest, February 10-12 at Olivet Nazarene University
    Bourbonnais, IL
  • New England, April 27 at Andover-Newton Theo. School
    Newton Centre, MA
  • Pacific Coast, March 24-26 at Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara, California
  • Pacific Northwest, May 11- 13 at Concordia University
    Portland, Oregon
  • Rocky Mnts - Great Plains, March 23- 24 at Brigham Young University
    Provo, Utah
  • Southeastern, March 2-4 at Atlanta Marriott Century Center
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Southwestern, March 9- 11 at Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North
    Irving, Texas
  • Upper Midwest, March 30- 31 at Luther Seminary
    St. Paul, MN

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