August 2007 e-Bulletin
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|American Academy of Religion||August 2007 e-Bulletin|
A Message from the Executive Director
Greetings from the Luce Center in hot, hot Atlanta! I hope that you are enjoying a productive and restful summer and that you are looking forward to the start of the fall semester. In this issue of the e-Bulletin you will find news and announcements about our upcoming Annual Meeting in San Diego (the Program Book, Plenary Speakers, Hotel Registration, Employment Information Services, Travel Discounts, etc.) as well as several important items about Student member activities. If you have any questions about these or other AAR matters, please feel to visit our redesigned website (www.aarweb.org) or give our staff a call at 404-727-3049. With every good wish, I remain
- Annual Meeting Program Book Is Now Online! It is available at http:// www.aarweb.org / Meetings / Annual_Meeting / Current_Meeting / Program_Book /. The printed Program Book will be mailed in early September to your address as it appeared in the Member Directory as of August 5. If you would like to change y our contact information for future mailings, go to http://www.aarweb.org / Members / My_Account /.
- AAR has a strong Annual Meeting program this year. Tavis Smiley, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Ernesto Cortés, Mu-Chou Poo, Isobel Coleman, and Charles Taylor will deliver plenary addresses. Other Program Highlights can be viewed at http:// www.aarweb.org / Meetings / Annual_Meeting / Current_Meeting / Program_Book / highlights.asp.
- September 15 is the deadline for pre-registration. After September 15 Annual Meeting registration rates increase to the Advance Registration tier. Hotels are still available with the specially discounted hotel room rates. Register at http:// www.aarweb.org / Meetings / Annual_Meeting / Current_Meeting / registration.asp.
- More information about the Annual Meeting and the city of San Diego, including information on travel discounts, finding a roommate, and child care can be found at http:// www.aarweb.org / Meetings / Annual_Meeting / Current_Meeting / registration.asp.
- Additional information regarding San Diego can be seen at: http:// www.aarweb.org / Meetings / Annual_Meeting / Current_Meeting / cityinformation.asp.
- If you have already registered, Annual Meeting name badge materials will be mailed in mid-October.
- Be sure to make your travel plans and reservations early. Take advantage of specially discounted rates for travel to the Annual Meetings of the AAR and SBL in San Diego this November! American Airlines is offering a 5% discount off published fares, including first class and international fares on American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection flights. Discounts do not apply to certain restricted fares and excluded sale fare inventories. You can call toll free at 1-800-433-1790 or use http:// www.aa.com / index_us.jhtml to make your reservations.
If you book through your own travel agency, be sure to give them the authorization number above.
- Employment Information Services Center registration is now open. Register by October 22 to receive full benefits. For more information, see http:// www.aarweb.org / Programs / Employment_Services / default.asp.
Especially for Students
- The Student Director and Graduate Student Committee wish all students, who comprise about a third of the AAR's membership, a healthy and productive transition to the fall 2007 semester.
Students should identify and contact their Student Liaisons for information particular to their institutional needs. Student Liaisons, who represent institutions and programs granting the PhD in Religion and Theology, serve as a vital link between student members and the AAR. To locate your Student Liaison, see the list at http:// www.aarweb.org / Members / Students / slglist.asp. If your institution does not currently have a Student Liaison, please contact Myesha Jenkins at email@example.com for more information about this program.
The Graduate Student Committee is currently deliberating and designing projects to further support the professional development of students of religion and theology. The Committee would like to hear recommendations for programming and resources that, when implemented, will spark conversations and new directions, as well as foster excellence and wholeness. Please send suggestions to Davina C. Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kimberly Bresler at email@example.com.
As always, all students are invited to contact Davina C. Lopez, 2006-2007 Student Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and concerns.
- Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program to Fund Education Research. The Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. For more information see the full RFP at http:// www.spencer.org / programs / fellows / dissertation.htm.