SAMR News 4: May 20, 2008

SAMR Colleagues,

I have much news to report, and all of it good! First, I am very pleased to report that the APA approved our request to become an affiliate group, which means we will have a business meeting at the APA/AIA meetings in Philadelphia next January, and can organize a panel session for the 2010 meetings in Anaheim.

Secondly, I am pleased to report that Barbette has succeeded in creating a wikispace for SAMR. You can visit the site at: You should be able to see all the webpages posted there, and to post to the discussion boards. If you want to add or edit a page, you will need to contact Barbette ( or myself. One discussion that we might want to have concerns the topic for the Anaheim meetings. Our initial hope was that we would discuss the proposed topic for 2010 at the 2009 meeting, but the APA requires that we submit a Call for Papers to them in September of 2008 (this September). So the wikispace discussion board might be a useful way to have a discussion about proposed topics for 2010, which could either be related to or completely separate from the topic for the Rome conference in summer 2009. We encourage everyone with ideas to post them, and to post responses to ideas generated by others.

Third, I am pleased to report that I have finally figured out which paperwork to submit in order to be able to open a bank account, and we now have a functioning account in our name. Therefore, to everyone who was so eager in the last three months to offer their membership dues, I ask that you now send in your dues. Membership rates for this year have been set at $10 for faculty and $5 for students; checks should be made payable to the “Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions.” And further good news for our international members: our bank will accept checks in foreign currency, so you may also send checks to me, after figuring the appropriate conversion from euros, pounds, or whatever currency you are using. I would ask, since our semester has ended, that you send checks to my home address:

Eric Orlin
4123 55th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116-3916

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and productive summer, and I look forward to sharing ideas about the 2010 meeting in Anaheim on the wikispace!



Associate Professor of Classics
University of Puget Sound
1500 North Warner, CMB 1061
Tacoma, WA 98416
(253) 879-2717