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Western Commission on the Study of Religion


Cordially invites you to

The 2002Annual Meeting


The American Academy of Religion/Western Region

The Society of Biblical Literature/Pacific Coast Region

The Western Jewish Studies Association


Sunday, March 24 through Tuesday, March 26, 2002

St. Mary�s College of California

Moraga, California


Enclosed is the registration information and Registration Form for the AAR/SBL/WJSA Annual Meeting. NAPH will also be meeting with us this year. Please read the following carefully, and return your Registration Form by March 5th. Remember, presenters and moderators are required to pre-register for the meeting and must be current members of their respective organizations. WECSOR will mail the program booklets about two weeks before the meeting to all those who pre-register.The conference program will be online in downloadable Word and Acrobat format at: ���




We draw your attention to the following special sessions:


Sunday, March 24th


��������� AAR/SBL/WJSA Plenary Session: Bishop Cummins of Oakland, �Religious Violence, Religious Tolerance�


Monday, March 25th


AAR President�s Address: Barbara A. McGraw, Associate Professor, St. Mary�s College of California, �Religion, Pluralism, and American Identity in

the Wake of September 11th.�


SBL Plenary Session:John Dominic Crossan, Professor of Religion at DePaul University and Jonathan Reed, Professor of Religion at the University of La Verne, �Excavating Jesus.�


����������� SBL President�s Address: Marvin Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, �Manasseh and the Question of Theodicy in the Deuteronomistic History�


WJSA Plenary Session: Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky, University ofColorado,Colorado Springs, Sam Edelman, California State University-Chico, David Biale, University of California-Davis,�We Are All Israelis Now: American and Israeli Jews after 9/11.�


General Information


Registration and Information Desk


The Registration and Information desk will be set up in the Soda Center.Signs will abound to guide you in the right direction.


The section meetings will be held in the Dante and Garaventa classrooms.


A campus map will be included in the program book and will also be available at registration.You will find a campus map and direction at:




Publishers Book Exhibit: Dryden Hall


����������� We have invited the usual group of publishing houses to present their books in a special room set aside for them in Dryden Hall.




����������� There are two excellent hotels in the area:


����������� The Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa provides luxury rooms at convention rates of


����������������������� Deluxe rooms�������������� $147

����������������������� Premium���������������������� $157

����������������������� Executive Fireplace������ $167


single or double occupancy. Please call the Lafayette at 925-283-3700 and request the WECSOR convention rate for your room.


����������� The Walnut Creek Marriott is the other hotel with all rooms available single or double occupancy for $89 per room. Please call the Marriott at 925-927-1107 and ask for Vanessa.She is keeping the records for the WECSOR conference rate.




Travel by Air:

The Oakland Airport is the most convenient airport.Upon arrival, go to the Bay Porter desk and take their shuttle bus to either hotel.Alternatively, take a bus to BART from the airport.Take the train going north towards Richmond or San Francisco. Transfer to the Bay Point train in Oakland and get off at the stop just 3 blocks from the Marriott Hotel in Walnut Creek. Pick up white courtesy phoneor call the courtesy desk at 925-283-3700 at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa for a pick-up from the Lafayette BART station.

Travel By Car:


From Walnut Creek, Traveling West on the 24 Fwy. Exit at the Central Lafayette Exit. You will come to a traffic light; this is Deer Hill Road. Turn right. Then, make the first right turn at First Street, which will take you under the Fwy overpass. Get into the right lane. First Street ends at Mount Diablo Road (the second traffic light). Make a right on Mount Diablo Road, but get immediately into the far left lane. Make the next possible left turn (at the traffic light), which puts you on Moraga Road. Turn left onto Saint Mary's Road about � mile later. (Watch for the signs all along that indicate the direction to Saint Mary's College.)You will come to a fork in the road at a stop sign, bear right, staying on Saint Mary's Road.From there it is three miles to Saint Mary's College.You will go through three more stop signs. Turn left to enter the Saint Mary's College campus. If you need directions on campus, go to the information booth at the end of the entryway.


From Oakland/San Francisco, Traveling East on the 24 Freeway exit at the Moraga/Orinda Exit. At the end of the ramp, turn right. Within a couple of blocks that road will become Moraga Way. Go straight until you get to the Town of Moraga where you will see shopping centers on both sides of the road. (Watch for the signs all along that indicate the direction to Saint Mary's College.)At the main intersection, you will turn left onto Moraga Road. Go about a quarter of a mile and turn right onto Saint Mary's Road.Not far up that road, you will see Saint Mary's College on your right. Turn right to enter theSaint Mary's College.�� If you need directions on campus, go to the information booth at the end of the entryway.


NOTE:If you are coming from the San Jose area, it is better to take the 680 Freeway North to Walnut Creek and then follow the directions from Walnut Creek to Saint Mary's College, than to go through Oakland.


Contact Persons


WECSOR:����� Richard E. Keady�������� (408) 924-4312����������

AAR/WR:������ Marilyn Gottschall�������� (562) 907-4200����������

SBL/PCR:����� Jonathan Reed������������� (909) 593-3511 #4366��

WJSA:����������� Laurie Baron��������������������������������������������������� ���������



Please note that you can download the Program at the WECSOR website:





2002 Annual Meeting


Member of:����� AAR/WR______�������������������� SBL/PCR______�������������������� WJSA______

Name: _______________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________

����������� ______________________________________________________________

Phone: (home) _______________________�� (work) __________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________




Associate/ Full Professor $35.00*������������������������������������������������������������������� $_________

Assistant Professor/ Lecturer $25.00*������������������������������������������������� $_________

Students $20.00���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $_________

Independent Scholars and Benefactors $25-$100�������������������������������������������� $_________




Sunday AAR/SBL/WJSA Reception, 6:15 to 7:30: To assist in planning, please indicate whether you plan to attend the AAR/SBL/WJSA Reception early Sunday evening (no charge).

Yes: _______ No: ________

LGBTQ Reception Sunday Evening :@$7.00 ������� �����������������������������������$_________


Women's Caucus luncheon,Monday, March 25th:

$10.00 (if purchasing lunch).All are welcome

even if you are not purchasing lunch. ���������������������������������������������������� $_________���


Monday, Marth 25th, Joint AAR/SBL/WJSA Banquet @ 6:30 pm

Chicken __ or Vegetarian __ $35 (please check)��������� $_________


AAR luncheon on Tuesday, March 26th: $15.00�������� ���������� ������������������������$_________


Check for TotalEnclosed (Made out to WECSOR):���������� $_________


Registration must be received by March 15, 2002; after this date only on-site registration* will be available and meal events will be on a space-available basis. Checks should be made payable to WECSOR and mailed along with this form to:


����������� WESCOR at Comparative Religious Studies Program

����������� San Jose State University

����������� One Washington Square

����������� San Jose, CA 95192-0097


*On-site Registration will be $40.00 for full/ associate professors; $35.00 for assistant professors/lecturers; $25.00 for students.