For several years, we at the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) have been organizing sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Our sessions have been exceptionally well attended and exceptionally well received. Criticism has been nil.
In this endeavor, I have worked directly with SBL’s able executive secretary, Kent Richards, informing him as these sessions developed, one by one. After the Annual Meeting in Orlando last November, I received a telephone call from the chairman of SBL’s program committee, Peter Richardson of the University of Toronto, telling me that I may proceed the same way for the 1999 Annual Meeting in Boston, but that after that they would like to bring me “into the process” of program development. I was agreeable. In the meantime I kept not only Richards, but also Richardson, informed of my progress in developing sessions for the 1999 Boston meeting.