Assyrian Academic Society
The Assyrian Academic Society or AAS was established in 1983 in Chicago, Illinois, where there is a large "Assyrian" (Syriac Christian) diaspora community. As stated in the preamble, the Assyrian Academic Society promotes Assyrian culture, history, and knowledge through a variety of activities including publications, lectures, and seminars. Its goal is to serve as an educational arm within the Assyrian diaspora and to introduce Assyrian heritage and contemporary history to the outside world. The organization is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization without any political orientation.
2008-2009 Board of Advisors
- Dr. Donny George Youkhanna. Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University in New York. Former Chairman of the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.
- Dr. Edward Y. Odisho. Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Northeastern University and formerly an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Odisho was also the founder of the Assyrian Academic Society and JAAS.
- Dr. Michael Abdalla. Professor at the University of Agriculture in Poznan, Poland. He is also a member at the Chair of Oriental Studies in the Faculty of Neophilology in the Adam Mickiewicz University.
- Dr. John C. Michael. Ophthalmology Surgeon and CEO of the Retina institute of Illinois. Former president of the Assyrian Academic Society.
- Dr. Ninwe Maraha. Graduate of the Karolinska Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden. Former president of the Assyrian Federation of Sweden and editor of Hujada Magazine. Dr. Maraha is also a member of the Editorial board of Nineveh Magazine.
- Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies 19/1 (2005) dedicated to Robert D. Biggs, University of Chicago Oriental Institute