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May 31-June 1
The Concord Shakespeare conference in Concord, Massachusetts meets to discuss "Shakespeare's Meaning, Motivation and Message."
A number of prominent Oxfordians in the area are on the conference board (Sarah Smith, Lori DiLiddo, Cheryl Eagan Donovan, Mark Anderson, and SF president Alex McNeil). The program endeavors to balance the Oxfordian and more traditional Stratfordian perspectives. For instance, on Saturday morning, Alex McNeil will be presenting his paper on an Oxfordian reading of As You Like It's Act 5, Scene 1 (the William, Touchstone and Audrey scene), which will also feature a performance of that scene by local actors. Then Boston College professor Dennis Taylor will present a paper on a "secret Catholic" Stratfordian reading of a scene from the Winter's Tale. Mark Anderson will be giving a talk on Friday night on the Elizabethan courtly dimensions of Twelfth Night, circa 1580.
We have circulated flyers and press releases to local libraries, schools and the Boston media, so we are hoping also to attract people to this event who may not be familiar with the authorship issue.
Schedules, directions and more information are available on the Concord Shakespeare website.
May 15, 2008
The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup will hold its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
November 15, 2007
Charles Kelly will speak to The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan, about his book, Echoes & Shadows in the Texts of Shakespeare's Hamlet
November 15, 2007
Tom Townsend will speak to The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan, about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
October 25, 2007
Lonnie Morley will speak to The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan, about Shakespeare's Herbal Imagery.
August 16, 2007
The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup will hold their August meeting at the Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
June 21, 2007
The Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan will meet to discuss their Hamlet Project.
March 22, 2007
Oxfordian Robin Browne speaks about the First Folio (part II) to the Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
February 15, 2007
Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup planning meeting in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
January 18, 2007
Oxfordian Robin Browne speaks about the First Folio (part I) to the Oberon Shakespeare Authorship Studygroup in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
November 9-12, 2006
The Shakespeare Oxford Society and Shakespeare Fellowship Joint Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Details.
November 2-23rd, 2006
The Shakespearean Authorship Trust and the Friends of the Globe have inaugurated a new series of Authorship Lectures, The John Silberrad Memorial Lectures
The Dates for the 2006 Season are as follows (All programmes begin at 7.15 pm at the Globe Theatre, Bankside, London):
1) November 2nd: Dr. William Leahy ('"Two Households Both Alike in Dignity": The Authorship Question and Academia') This paper will consider both how and why the Shakespeare Authorship Question has traditionally been resisted as an appropriate subject for study by academics generally, particularly those working in English Literature departments of universities. It will argue that, in many ways this resistance is understandable but that, with certain important modifications and adaptations, the Authorship Question is now a subject with all of the necessary aspects of an academic subject. Finally, the paper will argue that the two "Households" - those working in Shakespeare srudies within the institution of academia and those wotking in this field outside of the institution - are impelled to do what they do by the same impulse and should, in order that better, more rewarding work can be done, acknowledge that indeed they are "both alike in dignity."
2) November 9th: Charles Beauclerk ('Shakespeare's Identity Crisis') In this paper Charles Beauclerk argues that the Shakespeare authorship question grew out of Shakespeare's own identity crisis, which manifests itself through the principal themes and characters of the plays. These themes reveal Shakespeare to have been an obsessive man, who reworked certain key ideas throughout his life. In addition to identifying critical themes and image clusters to elucidate the author's psychology, Beauclerk argues that Shakespeare used the chivalric romance tradition to bind up and unify his work. In it he found an ingenious means both of celebrating his alienation and shaping his chief literary persona – that of the Spear-shaker, England's hidden champion.
3) November 16th: Richard Paul Roe ('The Italy in Shakespeare') In this paper Richard Roe reports on his critical examination of the topographies of Shakespeare's so-called Italian plays, the result of many years of scholarly and detailed, on-site research into the places and things alluded to in those plays. Traditionally, the ten plays set in medieval or Renaissance Italy have been roundly criticized by scholars as being flawed or downright absurd in their geographic and cultural details. Using Romeo and Juliet as his principal vehicle, Mr. Roe argues that the critics have been wrong in every case, and offers examples of Shakespeare's remarkable erudition on matters Italian.
4) November 23rd: Stephanie Hopkins Hughes (‘“Hide Fox and All After”: The Authorship Game – Playing to Win') In this paper Stephanie Hughes argues that Shakespeare was as much of a genius at hiding as he was at writing plays. ‘We can admire his skill at “disguising,”' she writes, ‘but find it hard to explain to ourselves and to today's readers, why he found it worthwhile.' To get to the heart of this puzzle, Hughes contends that readers of Shakespeare need to learn his game and how to play it, so that they can follow him through the maze of personal and political events that shaped him and his art. Her approach throws up many interesting questions, for instance: Was Shakespeare the only Court writer who played this perplexing game? How many besides himself knew the secret of his, and perhaps their, identities? And how can we put this awareness to work to reveal to ourselves and others the immense forces at work and the dangers inherent in this deadly game of “Hide Fox and All After”.
£10 per lecture - All four: £35 - Three: £27 - Two: £18
For more information call Jo Matthews at 020-7902-5970 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16th, 2005
Dr. Frank Davis will be representing the Oxfordian side of a debate on the authorship question. 7 pm at the Oakridge Club at The Landings, Savannah, Georgia. All are welcome.
September 29-October 2, 2005
Ashland, Oregon hosts the Fourth Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Fellowship. Join us for an exquisite long weekend of plays, papers, and debates, all in the scenic Oregon town which boasts one of the most prestigious Shakespeare theatre festivals in the United States! Details.
Sept. 22, 2005
Shakespeare Fellowship Vice-President Roger Stritmatter addresses the Shakespeare Discussion Table at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC , from noon to 1:30, on the theme "What's in a Name? Everything, Apparently."
April 7-10, 2005
Concordia University's annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, in Portland Oregon, begins at 2:30 pm on Thursday, 7 April and closes at 5:30pm on Sunday, 10 April. Agenda and Registration details available at the SAS site.
October 7-10, 2004
The 3rd annual conference of the Shakespeare Fellowship will be held October 7-10 in historic Baltimore, MD at the Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade. For further details please visit our Conference page.
October 28-31, 2004
The 28th annual Shakespeare Oxford Society conference will be held October 28-31, 2004 at the DoubleTree Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to present papers on the Authorship Question, Shakespeare and Oxfords role in Elizabethan society. Contact Frank Davis, President, SOS, 9 Lakewood Retreat, Savannah, GA 31411, or by email at email@example.com.
August 8 - 13, 2004
The 3rd Annual Institute of Oxfordian Studies Summer Seminar
The Institute of Oxfordian Studies convenes a week-long seminar on the Concordia University campus each August to enable registrants the opportunity for close study of the Shakespeare Authorship Question and the Oxfordian Authorship Thesis. The principal topic for 2004 will be "Prince Tudor: Truth or Delusion?" Equal time will be given to advocates for and against the Prince Tudor thesis. Leading the advocacy for Prince Tudor will be author and actor Hank Whittemore; leading the opposition to the Prince Tudor thesis will be retired statistician Dr John Varady.
July 8-10, 2004
Utrecht Holland sponsors an international conference, "WHO WAS 'SHAKESPEARE' ?- The Man Behind the Mask -". For further details, please contact conference coordinators Jan Scheffer, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Pieter Baan Centre, Utrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sandra Schruijer, professor of organizational psychology at Tilburg University (email@example.com).
June 22, 2004
"Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew: Two Approaches"
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
330 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
Dr. Charles Berney, president emeritus of the Shakespeare Fellowship, will be giving a presentation on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. This particular play provides an especially clear-cut example of two approaches of presenting Shakespeare's plays. Through discussion and extended video clips, Dr. Berney will compare a realistic version produced by the BBC in 1980 staring John Cleese as Petrucio, with a filmed stage production based on the Italian commedia dell 'arte tradition, which is bawdy, broad, and mannered. This event, cosponsored by the Shakespeare Fellowship, is free and open to the public and. All are welcome!
Directions to the Newton Free Library can be found here.
June 7, 2004
Panel discussion: " New Approaches to Shakespeare"
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Branch Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA
Sarah Smith, Shakespeare Fellowship member and author of Chasing Shakespeares, will lead a panel discussion that will include Richard Whalen, Shakespeare Fellowship member and author of Shakespeare: Who Was He? The panel may also include Mel Cobb, Shakespeare and Co., director of the Bankside theater project.
Cobb will discuss the way the Bankside and Rose theater projects will illuminate Shakespeare theatrics. The Rose theater project is the building of the world's first historically accurate re-creation of the Rose Playhouse in Lenox, MA. by Shakespeare & Co. . Smith will discuss the way that new advances in Shakespeare studies are changing the way we think about the Elizabethan period and may be challenging traditional thought. Whalen will then speak about Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. The evening will include refreshments and there will be books available for sale.
This event is Free and open to the Public, and would appeal to anyone who may be new to the Authorship issue as well as those more familiar. Students are especially welcome.
The library is accessible by public transportation. For location and driving directions to the Coolidge Corner Branch Library, Please visit the Coolidge website.
June 4-5, 2004
University of Tennessee Hosts Authorship Conference
The University of Tennessee College of Law will present a 2-day conference, "Who Wrote Shakespeare? An Evidentiary Puzzle," June 4-5, 2004, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The faculty for the seminar is made up of prominent academicians and literary scholars including William Causey, organizer of two recent Smithsonian conferences on the authorship controversy; William Niederkorn of the New York Times; Diana Price, author of Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography; Ward Elliott, of Claremont McKenna College, author of several articles on the authorship controversy; Roger Stritmatter, English instructor, Coppin State College; and Richard Whalen, author of Shakespeare, Who Was He? For more information, contact Micki Fox, Conference Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (865) 974-8601.
April 30-May 1, 2004
The Annual Edward de Vere Birthday Celebration in Boston
Our April banquet will be Friday, 30 April 2004 at the MIT Faculty Club, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Social hour starts at 6:30 with dinner at 7:30. Parking is available in a lot off Main Street (Cambridge) a block before you reach the Longfellow Bridge. Admission is $50 per person, payable on or before 15 April.
The speaker will be Dr. C. V. Berney, giving an address entitled "Leicester's Commonwealth: Portrait of a Serial Killer?" Planning is underway for a miniconference on Saturday, 1 May. Genial host Alex McNeil and his lovely assistant Vanna have been invited to stage another round of "Oxfordian Jeopardy."
The price for the banquet is $50. People may contact Dr. Berney at email@example.com for further information.
Cheques may be sent to:
Belmont MA 02478