20th Annual International Congress
University of Malta
Valletta, Malta
May 31-June 3, 2017

February 19, 2017

Dear MSA Colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that the Preliminary Program for the 20th Annual MSA Congress, at the University of Malta, May 31 - June 3, 2017 is now posted on the MSA Website (

Please check the website for your paper and notify us promptly if any corrections are required. Please also note that in the Preliminary Program sessions are not listed on a specific day or time. I also wish to call your attention to several germane matters:

1. The Preliminary Program still includes names of those who have not yet registered for the Congress.

2. Names of individuals not registered for the Congress by April 15 will be removed. Anyone registering after April 15 will be added to a Program Addendum.

3. We understand some may still be seeking institutional support to help defray costs of attending the Congress; we assume others have likely made the decision not to participate. To those individuals, we ask your collegial understanding to notify us as soon as possible of your decision. Last minute paper removals engender significant burden on the Program Committee.

4. In making your travel reservations, please note that paper sessions are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We cannot guarantee you any particular time slot at this point, since we have a very large number of papers and will need to use every session. We will let you know your time slot by April 1st.
We will honor the special time requests for medical, religious, or other serious reasons.


John Watkins
University of Minnesota
MSA Program Chair