The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission serves as the umbrella organization for the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature. The Commission is supported by membership and sponsoring institutions.
Vivian Bull, Jo Ann Hackett to Highlight
March 2014 Anniversary Celebration
The program for the 2014 Anniversary Meeting includes presentations by three renowned scholars. Vivian Bull (left), currently the president of Drew University, has a storied career excavating in Israel/Palestine and is an expert on international economics with a focus on the West Bank and Gaza. Jo Ann Hackett (right), of the University of Texas at Austin, has published widely on the Hebrew Bible and epigraphy, and she has also influenced the study of women's lives in the Near East and the study of myths and mythology.
John Esposito to Deliver AAR Plenary Address in March 2014
At the 2014 Anniversary Meeting, John Esposito of Georgetown University will give the AAR Plenary Address, titled "Religion, Politics and the Public Square: Desecularization and the Academy." Esposito is the founding director of the school's Pince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is also the immediate past president of the American Academy of Religion.
through February, 2014
President: Carole Holcomb,
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Vice President: Steve Ortiz,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Executive Secretary: Richard J. Bautch,
St. Edward's University
Donations and Online Payments
The SWCRS Paypal Site provides a convenient way for group member registration payments, as well as for gifts to the commission and sponsorship payments. Your support provides important funds for annual meeting expenses, student and retiree discounts, special workshops, and the grants and awards programs.