DC Annual Meeting
Registration & Housing opens on May 15, 2006 at 9:01 AM EDT (online,
fax, or surface mail). You must be registered for the meeting to book
housing. The Annual Meetings website for registration and information is http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/.
To register at the discounted member rate, your AAR membership needs to
be current and you will need to log in to use this page, using your
surname, "Gray," and member ID, "Z28679."
The 2006 Annual Meeting Registration & Housing information was mailed
in the May issue of Religious Studies
News. It is also available to download at http://www.aarweb.org/annualmeet/.
Registration: Registration for the Employment
Information Services (EIS) Center opens May 15. You can register for EIS
immediately after registering for the Annual Meeting. Candidates will
have the option to upload your CV to the EIS Web site, making your credentials
available to employers in advance of the Annual Meeting. For more
information about EIS and to register, see http://www.aarweb.org/eis/.
Dollars: When registering online for the Annual
Meeting, why not also contribute to the Academy Fund? Your gifts enrich
the community of religion scholars through first-rate programming and
publications. Additionally, they help us reach the wider public to
enhance their appreciation of the study of religion. You can visit our
web site or contact Cynthia Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn about further giving opportunities.
RSN Annual Meeting Brochure: The
May issue of Religious Studies News
was mailed April 29. A brochure for Annual Meeting and hotel registration
was included in this issue. You can also read this issue online at http://www.aarweb.org/publications/rsn/current.asp.
Focus at the 2006 Annual Meeting: For our upcoming
meeting in Washington,
DC, the international focus
is African contributions to the study of religion. We are soliciting
partnerships with departments and institutions that can cosponsor an
African scholar. Cosponsorship will allow your group to hear from one of
these fine scholars while they are already in the United States to attend the
Annual Meeting. To learn more about the benefits of cosponsorship, please
contact Aislinn Jones at email@example.com.
Tours: AAR is sponsoring
several tours to local Washington,
DC museums and locations.
You can register for the tours in the online registration and housing
Care: Child care at the Annual Meeting will be provided
by KiddieCorp. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if
you’d like to receive more information on registering for child
Undergrad Survey: We need your input! Visit this
page to see if your department/program has filled out the online
If you see that the survey has not
been completed, please notify your department chair that her/his
participation is crucial. The chair can contact Kyle Cole, Director of
College Programs, at email@example.com
or 1-404-727-1489, for more information. The survey will track our field
and its change since 2000, giving us, for example, an accurate picture of
the impact of 9/11. We all need data about our field to make the case for
religion to our deans and presidents and to the public. Please do your part!
AAR Research Grant Program: Since 1992, the AAR has awarded over $500,000 to members for
individual and collaborative research grants. Applications are due August
1. See http://www.aarweb.org/grants
for eligibility requirements and application information.
Syllabus Project: The AAR
posts searchable syllabi at http://www.aarweb.org/syllabus/.
The Teaching and Learning Committee asks that you please submit your
syllabi to this popular page. If you already have, and have any changes to
your syllabi, you are invited to update them.
Announces Endowed Professorship:BardCollege has received a $2 million
gift for the creation of an endowed chair in honor of AAR
member and former AAR President Jacob Neusner. The internationally
renowned religion scholar and Bard faculty member will hold the chair
beginning July 1, 2006. Upon his retirement, the holder of the endowed
chair will be named the Jacob Neusner Professor of the History and
Theology of Judaism. Congratulations to Jack for this honor!
Editor sought for the Reflection
and Theory in the Study of Religion Series,
published by AAR in cooperation with Oxford
University Press. E-mail inquires, nominations (self-nominations
encouraged) and applications (a letter of interests and qualifications,
and current C.V.) by a Word attachment or a PDF file to Francis X.
Clooney, Publications Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is September 1, 2006.
Further information can be found in the March and May issues of Religious Studies News, and at: http://aarweb.org/publications/books/.
AAR Website Redesign: We are redesigning the AAR website to make it more user-friendly and
attractive! To help us make it what you
want, the web designers will conduct interviews with a sampling of
members. If you are willing to spend some time reviewing the current
website and spending a half-hour on the phone with the designer, please
send an e-mail confirming your interest to Joe DeRose at email@example.com.
Twenty-Five and Still Counting: We’ve heard
from many of you whose AAR membership has
been active without a break since at least 1982. Are there others?
Unfortunately, our records date back only to the late 1980s. Please send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know when your continuous membership began. Thank you!
Especially for Students
Liaison Group Decennial: In commemoration of the
10-year anniversary of the formation of a Student Liaison Group (SLG),
this year's Annual Meeting will include programming and a reception in
honor of its student members. We would love to hear from current and
previous Student Liaisons as well as former Student Directors about their
experience with the SLG. How has participation in the SLG shaped your
life in the academy? What are your "dearest hopes" for the
future of student participation and formation in the fields of religious
studies and theology? Please send your comments to Student Director,
Davina Lopez (email@example.com).
Student Liaisons: Student members at PhD-granting
institutions are enthusiastically invited to contact their Student
Liaison (SL) with any questions, concerns, and future programming ideas.
It is the SL's role to be an active link between students and the AAR,
and many SLs go "above and beyond the call of duty" by working
at their respective schools to plan educational programs on critical
issues facing doctoral students in religion, theology, and related
disciplines. Such programs range from occasional e-mail updates, to
information sessions on how to navigate the Annual Meeting, to organizing
ride-sharing and housing, to "mock interview" sessions for job
candidates, to initiating wider conversations on what's happening in the
field. For Student Liaison contact information (including institutional
and regional affiliation), visit http://www.aarweb.org/students/slglist.asp.