Some of you may have noticed that for a while now, a different person than before has been aswering your IAA related questions. The reason for this is that Karin Beumer, who has been the IAA administrator for the past four years, has resigned because of a busy schedule. As of January 2016, the new IAA administrator is Erwin Dijkstra, a master student from the University of Leiden. He has been working hard to take over all of the administrative tasks of the IAA, and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact him!
Only a few days to go, and the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale will take place in Philadelphia, USA. From July 11th through July 15th, Philadelphia will be taken over by assyriologists from all over the world. The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Museum opf Archaeology and Anthropology will be our hosts this edition. This year’s theme will be ‘UR in the Twenty-First Century’, with a special sub-theme to address the ongoing disaster in Syria. The members of this years organizing committee are: Grant Frame, Joshua Jeffers, Holly Pittman, Lauren Ristvet, Steve Tinney, and Richard Zettler.
For this issue’s In the Spotlight, it was naturally decided that the IAA should turn it’s focus on professor Wilfred van Soldt. As you all know, professor Van Soldt hasbeen the IAA Secretary for many years, and is one of the IAA’s founding members. It is with regret that the IAA must announce that Van Soldt’s term as Secretary has come to an end, and that he will not be running for re-election.
This year’s IAA General Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 14th at 04:30 in the afternoon. Because of important events happening in the Near East and within the IAA itself, it is important that members attend as there will be discussion on important issues and a couple of issues must be voted on. Also, the IAA will be saying goodbye to some of their board members and new board members will be welcomed.