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The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the sixteenth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.
The winner this year is Liat Naeh, a Ph.D. candidate at The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her paper—“In Search of Identity: The Contribution of Recent Finds to Our Understanding of Iron Age Ivory Objects in the Material Culture of the Southern Levant”—was published in Altorientalische Forschungen 42/1: 80–96 (2015).
The Sean W. Dever Prize was established in 2001 by Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean.
We, the undersigned, represent learned societies whose members include archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and cultural heritage specialists, as well as public members whose professional expertise lies in other domains. On behalf of these societies and our members, we write to voice our opposition to the US Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” issued on January 27, 2017. This Executive Order, among other things, suspends the entry of immigrant and nonimmigrant citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen into the United States for at least ninety days. The Executive Order also indicates that additional countries may be recommended for similar treatment.
Many of our organizations count among their members individuals who come from countries affected by, or potentially affected by, this Executive Order. Our members across the globe, moreover, have innumerable friends and colleagues in these countries. Our societies want only the warmest and most heartfelt hospitality to be extended to these friends and colleagues when they come to the United States, just as our organizations’ US members, and members elsewhere, have been extended warm and heartfelt hospitality in their time in the countries in question.
We are thus profoundly concerned by policies that might undermine our friendships and collegial relationships. Indeed, and to the contrary, we emphatically and unreservedly affirm that among our core values is the conviction that personal and cultural engagement and exchanges among all of our organizations’ members and affiliates — including members, colleagues, and friends in the United States and members, colleagues, and friends in the countries affected by the Executive Order — are of inestimable benefit in promoting peaceful relations in our often troubled world.
Moreover, we affirm our unwavering conviction that the worldwide community of archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and cultural heritage specialists who work together in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are among those global ambassadors best able to promote understanding, mutual respect, and relationships of true well-being among our many nations.
In short, we assert that security and safety for all concerned can flow from the alliances and goodwill that our members and affiliates have cultivated in our many years of working together as friends and colleagues throughout the world. We seek policies that, instead of setting the United States at odds with whole citizenries in the Middle East and Africa, will foster among these nations the partnerships and collaborations that we hold so dear, and we thus add our voices to the many others urging the US government to articulate policies consistent with these values.
President, American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
President, Society for American Archaeology
President, W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research
President, Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
Chair of the Managing Committee, American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)
President, American Anthropological Association
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR)
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research-AIAR-was founded in 1900, as the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. Its current mission is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of civilization from pre-history to the early Islamic period.
Located in an historic 1920’s-period building, now a Jerusalem landmark, the Albright maintains residential and research facilities including a 35,000 volume library, publication offices, and archaeological workshops. Annually, 65 fellows from diverse national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and including Israeli and Palestinians participate in AIAR’s international fellowship program. It offers a unique opportunity for interaction and the exchange of information and ideas, and promotes intellectual integrity and respect in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. This environment is not duplicated in any other similar institution in the region.
The Institute provides support for North American archaeological excavations and surveys; it also promotes working relationships with other local and foreign institutions in Israel and fosters friendly interaction with the neighboring community.
The Albright Institute provides up to $325,000 in fellowships and special awards each year for senior, post-doctoral, doctoral, and independent scholars. These include the prestigious Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professorship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowships, Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellowship, Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship, Noble Group Fellowships for Chinese Scholars, Glassman Holland Research Fellowship for European Scholars, George A. Barton Fellowship, Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and Associate Fellowships.
The Ernest S. Frerichs Program for Albright Fellows
For the past 35 years the Albright Institute has developed and expanded a unique international Fellowship program opened to scholars involved in Near Eastern studies, from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Currently 64 Fellows participate in this program annually. They come from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds from all over the world, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. All work together, exchanging information and ideas in a convivial and friendly atmosphere that promotes intellectual integrity and respect, and is not duplicated in any other institution in the region.