Thursday, February 13, 2014

ASOR's News Outlets

In the past year The American Schools of Oriental Research has initiated a variety of way to communicate to and interact with the a broad range of constituencies. The venerable ASOR Newsletter presents brief summaries of research work done under the auspices of ASOR, and reports on the various activities of ASOR's overseas centers in Amman, Jerusalem, and Nicosia as well as announcements of various scholarly seminars, the ASOR Annual Meeting, and fellowship opportunities. The most recent seventeen of its sixty-two volumes are freely available online.

[n.b.: "Print Newsletter Publication will Continue as News@ASOR. As some of you may have heard via mail, email, or word-of-mouth, the ASOR Newsletter will be discontinued in its print form, and will continue as a free, open resource to all our members as the e-newsletter News@ASOR (what you're currently reading). We hope to continue providing the information you previously enjoyed from the Newsletter, as well as provide a greater insight on the workings and happenings of ASOR on a monthly basis".]

In January 2013, with the support of the Kershaw Family Trust, ASOR began distributing News@ASOR as a bimonthly e-newsletter. The e-newsletter delivers updates on events in the field, organizational news, and highlights from the ASOR Blog. All issues are free of charge and archived online. News@ASOR includes highlights from the ASOR Blog:
Welcome to the ASOR blog. The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), located at Boston University, is the preeminent society for individuals interested in the archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean and the Biblical Lands. This blog is intended to facilitate ASOR’s mission ”to initiate, encourage and support research into, and public understanding of, the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times.”
In April 2013 following closely on the heels of News@ASOR a monthly e-newsletter disseminating ideas, insights and discoveries to Friends of ASOR began publication as The Ancient Near East Today:
 The ANE Today covers the entire Near East, and each issue will present discussions ranging from the state of biblical archaeology to archaeology after the Arab Spring. Sign up today for free and be a part of this community of discovery! 
The  ASORtv channel at YouTube adds another dimension to outreach, and currently has twenty four videos.

Friends of ASOR Podcasts is now producing a series of interviews with scholars focusing on topial issues of interest to ASOR members and friends.

Most of ASOR news content is also syndicated to the ASOR Facebook page, to ASOR's Twitter feed, and to ASOR's LinkedIn account, encouraging interaction across a broad range of social media.

Three of ASOR's overseas research centers also produce newsletters and you will find links to them here.

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