This year the annual Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and American Academy of Religion (AAR) are hosting their annual meetings in Chicago at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The program sessions will run from Saturday, November 17-Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
McCormick Faculty are members of these organizations and they will be participating in leadership roles or presenting papers, presiding or in other leadership roles.
David D. Daniels, III will be a panelist for the History of Christianity Section and World Christianity Group. Theme: Teaching about World Christianity. Room MPW-178A. Sunday, November 18, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Reggie Williams presents with Nicholas Bott, “Solidarity in Suffering”: Rene Girard’s Theological Pedagogy in Conversation with Dietrick Bonhoeffer’s Experience in the Harlem Renaissance.” Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group and the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Theme: Bonhoeffer and Girard in Conversation: Revelation, Scandal, and the Theology of the Cross. Room MPW-185A. Sunday, November 18, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Kelly Whitcomb will be presenting “Caught in the Tangle of Discrimination and Elimination: Preaching Esther with Integrity.” SBL Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section. Theme: Preaching Difficult Texts. Room W-474A. Saturday, November 17, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Janaan Hashim will be presenting. “Teaching the Arab Spring (in a North American Seminary.)” Middle Eastern Christianity Group. Theme: The Arab Spring and Its Aftermath: Reactions by Middle Eastern Christians (On Both Sides of the Atlantic). Room MPW-176C. Sunday, November 18, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Anna Case-Winters, Respondent. Open and Relational Theologies Group and Science, Technology and Religion Group. Theme: Miracles in Theology and Twenty-first Century Science. Room MPS-176C. Monday, November 19, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Melody Knowles will preside over the SBL Chronicles-Ezra-Nehemiah Section. Theme: Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, special focus on Samaritans. Room MPS-10A. Sunday, November 18, 4:00-6:30 p.m..
President Frank Yamada will preside over Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee Luncheon. Room MPW-175A. Monday, November 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For information on registration, click the links below:
Society of Biblical Literature: http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/meetings_registrationAM.aspx 
American Academy of Religion: http://www.aarweb.org/meetings/annual_meeting/Current_Meeting/registrati... 
“SBL’s North American Annual Meeting is the largest international gathering of biblical scholars in the world. Each meeting highlights the study of the Bible, archaeology, related languages and literatures, theology, religion, and contemporary issues such as the Bible in American public education. The Annual Meeting also features the world’s largest exhibit of books and digital resources for biblical studies.” (Source: SBL & AAR Annual Meeting 2012 Program Book, page 45).
“With more than 10,000 members, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest organization serving teachers, scholars, and other professionals in the field of religion. AAR members are affiliated with institutions of higher education, and are also media and publishing professionals, clergy, independent scholars, high school teachers, and nonprofit community workers. The professional diversity of the AAR’s membership reflects the substantial and growing role religion plays in the lives of individuals and communities as well as social, political, and economic events worldwide. Through academic conferences and meetings, publications, and a variety of programs and membership services, the Academy fosters excellence in the scholarship and teaching of religion.” (Source: SBL & AAR Annual Meeting 2012 Program Book, page 201).
McCormick is one of 12 schools related to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and is affiliated with the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park Cluster of Theological Schools and the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). As one of the nation’s most respected seminaries, it celebrates and prepares women and men from all denominations and backgrounds for Christian ministry and service in 2040 and beyond, advancing a model of education that is cross-cultural, urban, Reformed and ecumenical.