Preregistration for the Regional Meeting at Yale Divinity School on March 31 Now Open

Preregistration opens today and will remain open until March 23.

Please click here to preregister.

Highlights of the meeting will include the following:

  • a panel discussion, “Using Material Culture to Teach the Bible” with Dale B. Martin (Yale University; 2017 President, NE / EC Region of the SBL); Susan Ackerman (Dartmouth College), and Laura S. Nasrallah (Harvard Divinity School)
  • an address by Michael Peppard (Fordham University) entitled “Bible, Art, and Ritual: Methodological Challenges of Interpreting the Dura-Europos House-Church”
  • a session for graduate students, “Academic Freedom in an Age of ‘Trigger Warnings’ and ‘Safe Spaces’” with Tracy M. Lemos (Huron University College) and Matthew Neujahr (Marquette University)
  • free time at the “Dura-Europos: Excavating Antiquity” exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery; a guided tour of the exhibit will also be offered on Saturday

Please check back here or visit our Facebook page in March for the final program, directions, parking information, and other details.

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Instructions for 2017 NE/EC Regional Award Candidates

For Best Student Paper (BSP) Candidates:

By  March 15, email the final version of your paper to the Regional Coordinator (

While BSP Award Committee will consider your written submission only, the length of that submission should not exceed that of a paper you would be able to deliver orally in the time that you’ve been allotted; please refer to your acceptance letter for your allotted time.

The specific criteria for evaluation are as follows:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly resources and publications related to the paper topic
  • Use and knowledge of the primary sources related to the topic of the paper
  • Clarity of written expression
  • Use of scholarly practices of annotation
  • Originality of ideas and solutions developed in the paper

For Regional Scholar (RS) Candidates:

By March 15, email the final version of your paper, your CV, and all handouts, slides, etc. to the Regional Coordinator.

The RS Award Committee will consider both your written argument and your oral presentation.  For this reason, the written version of the paper that you submit must be the same as the presentation that you will give.

The specific criteria for evaluation can be found here.

More information about the SBL Regional Scholars Program can be found here.

One final note:

The awards will not be given on the day of the conference.  You will be contacted by email once the Award Committees have made their decisions, which are due by June 1.

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SBL Council has announced two new policies.

Procedure for Requesting Governance and Policy Changes:

Procedure for Requesting a Public Statement:

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November 2017 News Update from SBL Council


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October 20, 2016 Letter from John Kutsko to SBL Members

10.20.16 Kutsko letter to members

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Annual Meeting Housing Closes October 21

If you haven’t reserved a hotel room yet, you can do so by clicking here:


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2017 NE/EC Regional Call for Papers Now Open

2017 Call for Papers

Please note that proposals for the 2017 Regional meeting, to be held on March 31, are due on January 15.

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