News Nuggets – May 2014

Per my letter to you of March, the MSA is trying to increase communication of its membership. So here is the first of what can be either monthly or quarterly updates: it all depends on how much YOU pass on to me or any of the other MSA Executive Committee members ( If you do send in some bit of news, please provide full details. Please also regularly check the “News” section of the MSA webpage, (

1. Naming my updates
So, I am calling these updates “nuggets” because 1) they will be as brief as possible, 2) I as MSA Treasurer view our membership as the MSA’s greatest “treasures,” and 3) I am a bit corny but don’t want to be too corny. I thus seek other names.

2. MSA Committee for Scholarly Awards
Nominations will be accepted until today, May 1, 2014, for the following annual memorial awards: the James Holly Hanford, Irene Samuel, John T. Shawcross, and Albert C. Labriola awards. For submission guidelines, please see details in the annual the booklet and on the MSA website, .

3. The Canada Milton Seminar IX
Scheduled for 9-10 May 2014 to take place as usual at Victoria College at the University of Toronto. For more information please click here. To register for the seminar, click here.

4. Newberry Milton Seminar
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Joshua Scodel, “Edenic Freedoms”
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 16, 2014 at

5. RSA MSA panel CFP
The Milton Society of America has been granted Associate Organization status with the Renaissance Society of America. This means that theMSA may henceforth submit up to five panels at RSA’s annual conference, beginning with the 2015 meeting. We will also hold a seat on the RSA Council, allowing us to participate in its deliberations and decisions. We call for panels and papers seeking inclusion in the program of the 61st annual meeting of the RSA, to be held in Berlin on 26-28 March 2015 (more information on the Berlin conference is available on the RSA website ). Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those related to the following themes:
-Cultural exchange, including but not limited to the Continent
-Periodization (Renaissance, Early Modern, Long Restoration)
-Poetics of materialism
**Panels must be organized by a current member of the Milton Society of America. Required are a 1-2 page description of the panel and a 1-2 page abstract for each of its papers. The panel organizer and each presenter must also submit /curricula vitae /of two pages. Please send all materials by May 31, 2014 to Ken Hiltner (hiltner[at]
**Papers may be submitted by anyone. Please submit an abstract of 1-2 pages and a /curriculum vitae /of two pages by May 31, 2014 to Ken Hiltner (hiltner[at]
Please be advised that all participants in the Berlin conference must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.

6. CFP for the 11th International Milton Symposium
Scheduled for 20-24 July 2015. Abstracts by 10 June 2014. Click onto the link at

7. MLA 2016 MSA annual meeting and conference site
We were able to secure the fabulous Vancouver Club for the January 2015 MLA annual meeting and conference via Elizabeth Sauer putting me in touch with Paul Stanwood. If any of you know of great sites in Austin, Texas that can handle 85-100 folk, please do advise since the January 2016 MLA annual meeting and conference will be there.

8. Keep us updated
Please make sure to pass on any updates to your contact information.

Many thanks, tesoros (Spanish for treasures, a relatively common term of reference).

Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University

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