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News Nuggets – August 2014

Dear Milton Society of America members,

1. FINAL PASSAGES
Stella Revard, the 1997 MSA Honored Scholar and long-time friend and mentor to many, passed away, quietly and peacefully, on July 14, 2014. Her name will be included in the January 2015 MSA Annual Meeting and Dinner program. I have contacted the PMLA so that her name will be included in the “In Memoriam” of the PMLA and webpage. You can find her obituary with a link to the funeral home’s webpage to express condolences at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macon/obituary.aspx?pid=171777059

2. CAREER PASSAGES
Please send me recent news about completion of MAs and PhDs, obtaining jobs, promotions, fellowships, and the like by MSA members, including yourself, so that we can all see that, yes, indeed, we Miltonists are succeeding in the field. I know you’re out there! (No news of publications, though, please, because I believe the annual MSA Dinner and Meeting program will start including those again, back by popular demand.)
To start it off, here are 2 bits of news:
•Wendy Furman-Adams was named the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College
•Angelica Duran was promoted to Full Professor at Purdue University effective August 1 , 2014

3. 2015 MLA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Great news is that two MSA panels have been selected for inclusion in the 2015’s presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory: “Milton and the Politics of Periodization” and “Transatlantic Milton.” In the “MSA Treasurer’s Nuggets” following whenever the 2015 MLA Convention program is posted, I will advise you of specifics about the Milton-related and MSA-sponsored and –supported panels (I know of a couple of tentative dates and times, but as we used to say, there’s many a slip between cup and lip [i.e., things can change]).

4. KEEP US UPDATED
Please make sure to pass on to me A) any information you believe would be of interest to MSA members and B) any updates on your contact information.

Many thanks, tesoros.
————
Adios,
Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-2013)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – July 2014

Dear Milton Society of America member,

Some news you might be interested in…

1. MSA First Book Assistance Program
The deadline for applications has been extended to July 15. See

for more information. I’d love to see who is the inaugural awardee of this new award.

2. Input on the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) http://www.alscw.org/
Please email me by August 1 if you have attended and/or spoken at the ALSCW annual conference or otherwise participated in ALSCW activities in recent years, as there is currently an initiative to have the MSA formally participate in the October 2015 ALSCW conference with an eye to formal affiliation. (The MSA is a formal affiliate member of the Modern Language Association and the Renaissance Society of America).

3. MLA 2015 Annual Convention, panel(s) on Milton and/or with MSA members
In addition to the 5 MSA-sponsored and -supported panels announced last month, we will give you the time, date, and location of this other Milton-related panel, as soon as the MLA releases that information:

Title: Representing Authorship in Early Modern English Poetry
Chair: Douglas Trevor
Speakers: Barbara K. Lewalski, “Why Oaten Pipes? Sidney, Spenser, and Authorship in Pastoral”
Diana Treviño Benet, “Robert Herrick and Adaptive Authorship”
Susanne Woods, “Milton’s Authorship and the Reader’s Authority in Paradise Regained”

4. RSA 2015 Annual Conference
With its new affiliate members of the Renaissance Society of America, the MSA President and Vice-president submitted its materials for the March 2015 Annual RSA Conference in Berlin. After the RSA sends the MSA confirmation of approval, we will pass on more information.

5. Keep us updated
Please make sure to pass on to me A) any information you believe would be of interest to MSA members and B) any updates on your contact information.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Adios,
Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-13)
Purdue University

News Nuggets – June 2014

Dear Milton Society of America members,

Thanks for those of you who affirmed that the “MSA Treasurer’s Nuggets” would be welcome and to those of you who provided me with information worth passing along. If you do send in some bit of news, please provide full details. Please also regularly check the “News” section of the MSA webpage, (http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=445).

1. MSA First Book Assistance Program applications
The due date for applications (or requests for a slight extension to complete the application) for the MSA First Book Assistance Program is Sunday, June 1, 2014. Full details are at .

2. RSA panel proposal responses
The MSA Executive Committee intends to respond to panel proposals submitted by the due date of today, May 31, 2014 by June 7, 2014, so that participants and chairs of any proposals that are declined will have time to submit the panel proposals independently to the RSA by its submission due date of June 10, 2014.

3. CFP for the 11th International Milton Symposium
Scheduled for 20-24 July 2015. Abstracts by 10 June 2014. Click onto the link at http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=445

4. Nominations and self-nominations for the position of MSA Secretary
At the end of 2014, the current MSA Secretary Ken Hiltner will be stepping down from the position. The deadline for nominations and self-nominations for the 5-year position of 2015-19 has been extended to June 15, 2014. Please send nominations to Ken Hiltner

5. Newberry Milton Seminars
A) Saturday, November 15, 2014; Daniel Shore, “Milton, Search, and the History of Style”
B) Saturday, May 9, 2015; Noel Sugimura, title TAB
Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.
To register or for more information, see http://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar

6. The MSA at the MLA 2015
A) Milton will be well-represented at the MLA’s 2015 Annual Convention, 8-11 January 2015, with these MSA-sponsored and MSA-supported panels having been approved. We will pass on the times and dates in the a future “Treasurer’s Nuggets.” If you are part of an MLA 2015 Annual Convention that features Milton, please forward me full information.

a) John Milton, a General Session
Chair: Feisal Mohamed
Panelists: Jessie Hock (UC Berkeley), “Satan’s Fancy: Lucretian Imagination and Atomist Matter in Paradise Lost”
Nabil Matar (Minnesota), “Paradise Lost as Islamic Epic: Muhammad al-Anani’s Translation”
Erin Murphy (Boston U), “Rude Milton: Gender, Sexuality and the Missing Middle of Milton Studies”

b) Milton and the Material Book
Co-chairs: Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne) and Sharon Achinstein (JHU)
Panelists: Blaine Greteman (Iowa), “Milton’s First Book and the Making of a Print Author”
Nicholas von Maltzahn (Ottawa), “Who Printed Areopagitica? The Press and Milton’s Paper Work”
Angelica Duran (Purdue), “Milton’s Areopagitica: A Speech to the World”
Respondent: Stephen Dobranski (Georgia State)

c) Milton and the Politics of Periodization
Co-Chairs: Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers) and Rachel Trubowitz (New Hampshire)
Panelists: Marissa Greenberg (New Mexico), “Milton Much Revolving”
Lee Morrissey (Clemson), “Milton, Dryden, and the Periodization of Politics.”
John Staines (John Jay College), “The Age of Shakespeare and the Age of Milton: Bridging the Gaping Gulf.”
James C. Nohrnberg (Virginia), “Milton and the Periods of History”

d) Transatlantic Milton, a Roundtable
Co-chairs: Elizabeth Sauer and Joanna Picciotto
Elizabeth Sauer, Introduction “Transatlantic Milton: Critical Matters”
Panelists: Angelica Duran, “Juan Miltón en America”
Edward Simon, “Milton’s Covenantal Ambivalence and the Invention of America”
Marissa Nicosia, “Milton’s Banana: Horace Walpole’s Paradise Lost and the Garden of Empire”
Gillian Osborne, “Poetry as Cultivation or Foraging: Thoreau’s Milton, Thoreau’s Indians”
Joanna Picciotto, “Paradise Lost and the American Avant-Garde”

B) Registration begins October 2014 for the MSA Annual Dinner and Meeting, to be held at the Vancouver Club on Saturday, January 10, 2015 beginning roughly 7:30 p.m., with cash bar and mingling beginning at roughly 6:30 PM.

7. Fondazaione Giorgio Cini, Venice

This is from Marta Zoppetti who wrote from the Vittore Branca Center at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice:
I am writing you as Representative of an affiliated organization of the Renaissance Society of America – with which the Fondazione Giorgio Cini has been collaborating since 2011 – to inform you that our international research center welcomes scholars of all ages willing to spend a research period in Venice, working on Renaissance-related topics.The Fondazione Giorgio Cini libraries hold over 2000 volumes among illuminated incunabula and cinquecentine printed in Venice, featuring works by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Holy Bibles, and volumes related to popular culture – we suggest you browse through EDIT 16 and OPAC Venezia to learn about the early printed books held in our libraries. Applying is easy: each applicant shall propose a research project focused on Italian culture – be it visual arts, history, literature, music, drama, early printed books, from an interdisciplinary point of view – to be pursued in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini libraries and other libraries in Venice. Every applicant shall send: curriculum vitae, admission form and research project via email to: centrobranca@cini.it. Each application will be examined by a panel of specialists – to reduce costs of stay, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini offers co-financing.
We would be grateful if you could forward this information to members of
the Milton Society of America,
should they ever need to come to Venice for study purposes.
At your disposal should you need more information,
Marta Zoppetti
SOSTIENI LA CULTURA, L’ARTE, LA STORIA E LA CIVILTÀ DI VENEZIA.
DONA IL 5X1000 ALLA FONDAZIONE GIORGIO CINI ONLUS.
Apponi la firma nello spazio designato del modello 730 oppure Unico, scrivendo il codice fiscale 80009330277.

“Tradizione non è culto delle ceneri ma custodia del fuoco” (Gustav Mahler)
Centro Internazionale di Studi della Civiltà Italiana “Vittore Branca”

Fondazione Giorgio Cini onlus

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

30124, Venezia

Tel.: +39 041 2710253 – Fax: +39 041 5238540

E-mail: centrobranca@cini.it
web: www.cini.it
8. Keep us updated
Please make sure to pass on any updates to your contact information.

Many thanks, tesoros.


Adios,
Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-13)
Purdue University

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 (http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=19). If you do send in some bit of news, please provide full details. Please also regularly check the “News” section of the MSA webpage, (http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=445).

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 http://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar

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:
-Affect
-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]english.ucsb.edu).
**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]english.ucsb.edu).
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 http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=445

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).

Adios,
Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University