Fall 2018 National Meeting

November 16-20, 2018   ●   Denver, Colorado

Program Overview

Westar’s Fall 2018 national meeting will take place in Denver, Colorado, in conjunction with the SBL Annual Meeting, co-hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). This is the largest event of the year in the fields of biblical studies and theology, with over 1,200 sessions and workshops and one of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for religious studies.

The SBL/AAR dates are November 17–20. Westar’s two academic seminars will meet concurrently on the day before, that is, on Friday, November 16th.

As usual, scholars and members of the public are welcome to attend Westar seminars.



Academic Seminars

Westar Institute conducts collaborative, cumulative research in the academic study of religion, addressing issues, questions, and controversies that are important both to the academic community and to the general public. Two seminars are currently in progress: the Christianity Seminar and the Seminar on God and the Human Future.

Westar events will be held at:

Grand Hyatt
Colorado Ballroom A & B
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

Christianity Seminar

Begun in 2013, the Christianity Seminar aims to rewrite the history of early Christianity. The scholars of the seminar have broken through to new understandings of many disparate movements in the first four centuries of the Common Era. As the Seminar enters the second half of its first decade, these historians of religion are poised to write their first major book for the public on the first two centuries.

Session description is forthcoming

Seminar on God and the Human Future

The academic Seminar on God and the Human Future began its work in 2013. Inspired by the pioneering research and public notice of the Jesus Seminar, it has sought to attract a new generation of scholars to the mission and ongoing work of the Westar Institute. In a short time it has attracted over thirty participating Research Fellows who together are exploring new ways and new images for thinking about God in a post-theistic context.

Session description is forthcoming

Participation in Academic Seminars

Westar has developed a new model of scholarly discourse that is open, public, accessible, collegial, and rigorous. Its academic seminars engage leading scholars from accredited institutions worldwide, while also embracing the public and the media as observers and participants.

All others, scholars and non-scholars alike, are welcome to audit the seminars.

Seminar Papers

The Seminar Papers are the basis for the discussions in the Academic Seminar. They will not be presented orally at the event. Persons wishing to follow the discussions should read the papers in advance.

Electronic copies of the Seminar Papers are available to the public and will be posted when they come available, usually 2 to 3 weeks prior to the event. Hard copies of the papers will be available at a cost of $25 each.

Order hard copies of seminar papers

AAR/SBL Program Highlights


Religious Literacy Sundays


Polebridge Authors & Books


Dates & Deadlines At-a-Glance

Nov 16Westar Academic Seminars
Nov 17-20SBL/AAR Annual Meeting