Monthly Archives: October 2014

Student Luncheon: What I’m Telling My Graduates

Update 3: November 1, 2014
Registration is now closed. Thank you everyone who registered and who showed interest. Come back to hear more as we provide reflections on this event and others after the annual meeting.

Update 2: October 29, 2014 @ 3:30 PM EST
Registration is now re-opened for a very limited time! There are a small number of spaces opened. We apologize to anyone who is unable to attend. We’ve had over 900 visitors to the RSVP site. However, in order to ensure that the event is productive and beneficial to both the invited students and scholars, we have had to restrict the number of attendees to a manageable level. We plan on having reflections on our sessions posted to this site soon after SBL. We will try to have even more spaces available next year.

Update 1: Interest in the student-scholar luncheon has been overwhelming! As a result, we have already reached our original limit for student attendance. However, we have plans to increase the number of students that can attend. We will announce via Facebook and Twitter when registration re-opens for you to RSVP. We want to make sure to secure additional scholar participation before opening up more spots to prevent diminishing the experience for the attendees. Thanks for your understanding and your interest in this event!

Original Post:
You are cordially invited to the first annual SBL student member luncheon, hosted by the Student Advisory Board.  Preregistration is required for this luncheon due to  limited space. This session provides graduate students with an opportunity to learn from the academic experiences of established scholars through short presentations of their academic autobiographies and smaller group discussions. Each panelist will have 5-7 minutes to talk about their graduate school experience and discuss what they are telling their current students about navigating the field of biblical and religious studies. These presentations will be followed by smaller group discussions over lunch.

Our invited scholars include:  Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed (UPenn), Dr. Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA), Dr. Vincent Wimbush (Claremont), Dr. Stephen D. Moore (Drew), Dr. David Adamo (Kogi State, Nigeria), Dr. Margaret Mitchell (UChicago), Dr. Christopher B. Hays (Fuller Theological Seminary), Dr. Ross Kraemer (Brown), Dr. Willie Jennings (Duke Divinity School), Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale Divinity School), and Dr. Traci C. West (Drew).

DATE: 11/24/2014
TIME: 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
ROOM: Room 6 B (Upper level) – San Diego Convention Center (CC)

When you register, a ticket will be sent to your e-mail account indicated on your registration form.  This ticket must be brought to the luncheon for admittance. Registration will close when the event reaches the maximum count or November 12th.   If you have questions, please e-mail or tweet us @SBLStudents.


Student’s Experience of SBL’s International Meeting in Vienna

I have attended SBL events before, but the conference in Vienna was my first experience of SBL’s International Meeting. My expectations of the meeting were not very high, but when I returned home to Sweden I was more than pleased.

The location of the conference in the old, beautiful university in the middle of the magnificent city of Vienna of course impacted the positive experience in a significant way. The generous reception at the impressive Rathaus the first evening set most of the participants in a good mood. Four days packed with paper presentations could be tiresome. But the diverse conference program, with its variety of speakers from different countries and academic levels and all kind of topics, made it easier to keep the motivation. What I appreciated most with the conference, however, was the fellowship with fellow workers and the possibility of making new acquaintances. It is very stimulating and encouraging to meet other people who do similar kind of research as oneself. For my own part I benefited a lot from the seminar on the Authority and Influence in Biblical Texts, since I study leadership in the Gospel of Matthew. The conference thus put me in touch with people in my own field and I got some contacts of significant value. Another great aspect of the conference was the fellowship with my colleagues from my home university. I had the privilege to go to the conference with a couple of people from my own faculty. Spending some days together enables you to get to know your colleagues better. The conditions for developing good relationships could hardly be better than a beautiful Vienna in summertime.

My first participation at a SBL International Meeting was thus very satisfying and beneficial. I really hope that this was not my last one.



Guest Contributor:
Daniel Hjort
Ph.D. Student in New Testament Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
Lund University, Sweden