Just out of curiosity -- How does BAS/BAR (which I never thought was a non-profit, at least the magazine part) compare with National Geographic?��� I know that my Anthro teacher had a very low opinion of their grants...
Amateur Jack of all trades
Arlington Hts, IL
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From: Joe Zias <joezias@...
Sent: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 18:35:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Talpiot Tomb and BAS/BAR non-prophets
> As you state, underpaying academics is par for the course for BAR speakers compared to the exorbitant fees charged and you are right that Bill Dever and Jodi Magness are worth hearing. If you wish to become "enlightened" :-) go to Guidestar.com which has all the relevant info. on these so called non-profits. During the James Ossuary's 'real days' of BAR, gross revenues one year topped the 6 million dollars mark but 6,000 was given back to the academics and the profession. This is the 1/10Th of 1% that I speak about. Total exploitation of the term non-profit, whereas the percentage given back to the profession by ASOR make it truly a non-profit. This is par for the course. Some of the speakers do it for their own 'non-profits, others to sell books and others for their egos. What ties them all together is that all are underpaid, across the board for these very, very expensive lectures. If you wish to see where the money is going go to Guidestar and have a look at the salarie!
s of some of those higher up the 'food chain' in terms of BAR/BAS salaries as advisers and then compare it to ASOR and to the pittance that BAR pays to these speakers. These wages for academics are truly insulting.
> I have long maintained that there must be an alternative and have had some success as many colleagues refuse to publish in BAR, the alternative in my opinion is the journal put out by ASOR, unfort. it is by subscription only however it is of very high quality, without all the trashy advertising of vacuum cleaners etc that BAR runs and great layouts. If I lived in the US I could conceive that the BAR stranglehold on seminars could easily be broken vis some enterprising person with a Internet connection and some backing from a non-profit organization. I, along with others would back you in a minute.
> There are however more and more people getting their info. off the web and there are wonderful blogs out there by Jim West and others whom I'm sure could be convinced to get the word out, they should be encouraged.
> Joe Zias