Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Tom Strawman
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098
Every other Fall, the English Department and MTSU host a conference devoted to the work of the great British poet John Milton (1608-74).
The conference, established by Professor Emeritus Charley Durham, was originally called the Southeastern Conference on John Milton but is now simply The Conference on John Milton. Miltonists all over the U.S. refer to it familiarly as "The Murfreesboro Conference." The conference is attended by approximately one hundred people and brings scholars to Murfreesboro from all over the world.
The first conference was held in October of 1991. This fall Milton scholars from all over North America and abroad will again be coming to Murfreesboro.
Featured speakers and presenters have included
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Durham and Dr. Kristin Pruitt, Profesor Emerita of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, the Milton Conference has, to date, resulted in eight books, all edited collections of the best papers from each conference, and all published by Susquehanna University Press:
Uncircumscribed Mind: Reading Milton Deeply (2008).
John Milton: "Reasoning Words" (2008).
Both Arenas of Conflict and Milton's Legacy were awarded the prestigious Irene Samuel Award by The Milton Society of America.