The Society of Biblical Literature was founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship.
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Advocacy Efforts for Scholars
The SBL advocates for all members of the profession: full-and part-time teachers; tenured and contingent faculty; graduate students, librarians, and academic professionals; through a variety of relationships with other national organizations.
  • American Association of University Professors: (AAUP) The AAUP addresses a wide variety of issues in higher education and works to safeguard academic freedom and quality higher education. They have been protecting the rights of faculty and other higher education professionals for over ninety years. Through assistance and advice to individual faculty members and administrators, state and federal lobbying, amicus briefs before the courts, support for collective bargaining, and other means, the AAUP helps shape American higher education and ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

  • The American Council of Learned Societies: (ACLS) is a private non-profit federation of sixty-eight national scholarly organizations. The mission of the ACLS, as set forth in its Constitution, is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

  • The Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) was established in 1997 by a group of learned societies in the humanities and social sciences. Twenty-five organizations currently participate in the coalition, including SBL.



  • National Humanities Alliance: (NHA)is an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. NHA is supported by more than eighty national, state and local Member Organizations, including: scholarly and professional associations (including SBL); higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers. SBL members have participated in Humanities Advocacy Day.
    Report from the 2009 Humanities Advocacy Day.

  • Scholars at Risk: (SAR) is an international network of universities and colleges working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. SAR works to arrange short-term, emergency visits to Network-member institutions in the US and abroad for scholars who suffer because of their work, prominence, or exercise of their basic human rights.

  • Network For Education And Academic Rights (NEAR): NEAR's purpose is to facilitate the rapid global transfer of accurate information in response to breaches of academic freedom and human rights in education.


 
 
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