Welcome to the Upper Midwest Region!

The Upper Midwest Region consists of members of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature who reside in Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

The Region serves the societies primarily through the regional meeting held each spring.

The organizations that make it possible


American Academy of Religion

AAR Web Page

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The purpose of the Academy derives from two principal goals: (1) To promote understanding of and critical reflection on religious traditions, issues, questions, values, texts, practices, and institutions. To this end, we foster communication and exchange among teachers and scholars, and the public understanding of religion. (2) To serve the professional interests of members as students, teachers, and scholars.
— The AAR's Purpose, per their official website: https://www.aarweb.org/about

Society of Biblical Literature

SBL Web Page

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The SBL has played an indispensable role in safeguarding the continuity of the always endangered higher disciplines of our field and its texts, and providing incentives for devotion to them in each new generation.
— Amos Wilder, quoted by Earnest W. Saunders in Searching the Scriptures: A History of the Society of Biblical Literature (Scholars Press, Chico, California. 1982)