Roast and Toast of Retiring Albright Director, Sy Gitin [Video]

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The above video is the entire, “Roast and Toast.” To see a list of individual speakers and to skip directly to their section, see the bottom of this post.

At the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting, we gathered to celebrate the career of Sy Gitin. Sy became director of the Albright Institute (formerly the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem) in 1980, and is retiring after an amazing 34 years of service.

Back Row From the Left: William Dever, Barry Gittlen, Mark Smith, Sy Gitin, John Spencer , Joe Seger. Front Row from the Left: Norma Dever, Lydie Shufro, Sidnie Crawford, Susan Ackerman.

Sy’s ‘Roast and Toast’ was organized by Lydie Shufro, hosted by Dr. Mark Smith, and funded by private contributions. Attendees filled the room to capacity, and ranged from ASOR members, to 2013 Albright Trustees and Fellows, to colleagues and friends who wished to honor Sy.

The program included invited “roasters,” a presentation about Sy, spontaneous audience participation, and a special gift to Sy - “Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin.” All leading to the guest of honor himself stepping onto the stage.

Below you will find a list of all the “roasters” and chapters of the event. Click the name of a “roaster” to immediately jump to that section of the video.

Invited “Roasters”

Dr. Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Host: Dr. Mark Smith, New York University

Dr. Susan Ackerman, ASOR President, Dartmouth College

Daniel Wolk, Congregation Emanu-el of Westchester

Dr. Joe Seger, Cobb Institute of Archaeology - “Life of Sy,” Poem

Dr. William Dever, ASOR Member

Norma Dever, ASOR Member

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Dr. Barry Gittlen, Towson University

Dr. Steven M. Ortiz, Tandy Institute for Archaeology

Open Floor “Roasters”

Dr. Larry Herr; Canadian University College

Dr. Thomas Davis, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. William Dever, ASOR Member

Dr. Annie Caubet, Former Louvre Museum Curator

Dr. Jeff Chadwick, Brigham Young University

Wu Xin, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University 2012-2013 Noble Group Fellow W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research [Read her blog post here]

Dr. Claire Pfann, University of the Holy Land

Dr. Louise Hitchcock, University of Melbourne

Dr. Lawrence Geraty, President Emeritus, La Sierra University

Dr. Stuart Swiny, Institute of Cypriot Studies

Hershel Shanks, Biblical Archaeology Review

Talya Gitin, Daughter of Sy Gitin

Dr. Mary Ellen Lane; Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Dr. John R. Spencer, John Carroll University

Dr. Seymour Gitin, Guest of Honor

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