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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.
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.
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
Power Point Start
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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