Welcome to the official website of the Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR/SBL & ASOR

Looking forward to seeing you at our

2017 Annual Meeting


St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

May 5-7, 2017

PNW Region Registration Link 2017

Site of 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR Conference

Site of 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR Conference


Dear Colleagues:

We hope that you will join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from May 5-7, 2017.

Our website will be updated with the latest information about online registration, meal tickets, conference housing, and transportation information.

St. Mary’s University is a private Catholic university in Canada whose mission is to prepare students to become “lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society.” Open to all, St. Mary’s University is focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Immersed in the Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s seeks to help students live with integrity, compassion and confidence. Its liberal arts education introduces students to “the breadth and depth of human intellectual experience, an unrestrained search for meaning and purpose that enables students to achieve the full measure of their being. It is a place that promotes understanding of and respect for the inherent dignity that defines society.”

Anne Moore of University of Calgary, our PNWAAR/SBL/ASOR President, will deliver the Presidential Address on Friday, May 5 at 7 pm, with introduction by AAR President-Elect Eddie S. Glaude Jr. of Princeton University.  Dinner is not a hosted event on Friday, however a dining room has been reserved at Eats and Beats (formerly The Celtic Tap, located across from the hotel) beginning at 5:30pm for conference participants to congregate and dine together freely before President Moore addresses us.  The cost of your dinner is not included in the conference fees.

Our Saturday Banquet Speaker this year is Claudia Camp from Texas Christian University. She will speak on Saturday, May 6th at 7 pm. Banquet starts at 6:00 p.m. sharp to honor the opening blessings to be offered by Lakota elder Casey Eagle Speak to open our evening’s event. The banquet dinner includes a fresh strawberry, pecan, and spinach salad with with feta, Alberta Tenderloin of Beef in peppercorn sauce (Portabello Mushrooms will be substituted for the tenderloin — please specify in advance if a vegetarian entree is required), fresh roasted vegetables, stuffed baked potato. Additional seats will be set up in the banquet hall following dinner to welcome non-dining attendees and community guests to enjoy Professor Camps’ SBL Plenary Address. A complementary Dessert Reception for all conference attendees and guests will commence at 7:45 p.m. following Dr. Camp’s address.

When you register, you will have the option to purchase meal tickets for Saturday Banquet preceding the Address. Banquet tickets will be $30 + fees until April 30th. Late purchases of Saturday Banquet tickets will be available for $35 until May 2nd. Due to catering deadlines, there will be no Saturday Banquet tickets available after April 30. We hope you plan will join us!

Also, all participants are invited to attend Saturday’s Business Meeting meeting at noon. We are making a lunch option available for participants to purchase a lunch for $12 + fees (USD) until April 30th. Late purchases of the Saturday lunch option will be available for $15 + fees (USD) until May 5th. Day of purchase of the lunch meal MAY be available at the door for $15, but is completely dependent upon meal availability. Please purchase all meal options in advance to accommodate catering deadlines. 


Important Dates

March 1: Early Bird Registration opens: conference registration is $75 + fees USD and Saturday Banquet Dinner is $35 + fees USD. Student registration is $25. Hotel registration STRONGLY recommended. All presenters not registered by March 30th will be dropped from schedule, not included in printed booklet, and omitted from online program. 

March 30: Last day to register for presenters to be included in programs.

May 2: Late registration period begins. Conference Registration $75 + fees USD and Saturday Banquet ticket $35 + fees USD. Student registration remains $25. PLEASE NOTE: Banquet ticket sales close at 11:30pm on May 3rd for final catering count. Please plan accordingly.

April 20: Deadline for application for SBL Regional Scholar Award.

April 30th: Final day for regularly priced Saturday Banquet Dinner tickets.

May 1: Conference Program is available online. (Any program questions prior to May 1st should be directed to co-chairs of sections you are interested in. Co-chair emails can be found on website.

May 3rd: Last Day for Banquet ticket purchases — a firm catering final count is required.

May 5: Conference begins. Springtime in Calgary is beautiful and we hope to see you there!

*Onsite registration will only accept credit card transactions. Late registration $95 + fees USD will apply. Regrettably NO last minute Saturday Banquet tickets will be available.

Underemployed colleagues and presenting students may apply for partial scholarship. These scholarships are based on availability and provide underemployed colleagues and presenting students some assistance (not the full amount) for Conference Registration or Saturday’s Banquet dinner. Scholarship availability is dependent upon donations and applicants will be notified of scholarship as they become available. Scholarship applicants should register as requesting PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP on the registration website, and HOLD OFF on registering until they have received final confirmation of award availability and/or award amount + partial scholarship promo code to register with.

Likewise, colleagues are invited to DONATE (all donations will be anonymous) any amount to the scholarship funds we are trying to make available for conference participants who would otherwise be unable to attend.

St.Mary's University Cairn dedicated to Father Albert Lacombe

St.Mary’s University Cairn dedicated to Father Albert Lacombe