The 18th annual Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre (SARC) conference will be held at Concordia University, Portland, OR, April 10-13, 2014. The conference will convene Thursday evening at 6 PM with a reception and screening of Joss Whedon’s contemporary film version of Much Ado about Nothing, followed by a short presentation on Shakespeare’s sources for this comedy in the context of literary patronage and attribution. The conference will conclude at midday on Sunday, April 13, with an informal brunch and open discussion on future endeavors of the SARC.
CONFERENCE PRESENTERS INCLUDE (alphabetical order)
Keir Cutler – “From Crackpot to Mainstream: The Evolution of the Authorship Question” and performing his adaptation of Mark Twain’s satire Is Shakespeare Dead?
Bonner Cutting – “Evermore in Subjection: Wardship in Early Modern England and Its Impact on Edward de Vere”
Dr. Michael Delahoyde of Washington State University – “Subliminal Chaucer in Shakespeare”
Dr. Rima Greenhill of Stanford University – “This Old House: English Merchants in Moscow”
Lynne Kositsky – “Shrovetide in The Tempest”
Mark Mendizza – Ted Hughes’ book: Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being
Michael Morse – “A Critique of Oxfordian Cryptographic Analysis: Falsifiability, the Non-Exclusivity Problem, and the Seductive Allure of Fictive Ontologies” and “Tom o’ Bedlam’s Song: The Case for Oxford’s Authorship”
Gerit Quealy – “Who Ultimately Won the Tennis Court Quarrel?” with reflections of the Earl of Oxford’s and Philip Sidney’s “poet’s war”
William Ray – “Secrets of the Droeshout Shakespeare Portrait”
Prof. Don Rubin – “Sisyphus and the Globe: Turning (on) the Media”
Prof. Sam Saunders – “Conditional Probability and the Shakespeare Authorship Question”
Dr. Earl Showerman – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s Aristophanic Comedy”
Dr. Roger Stritmatter of Coppin State University – “This Common Shipwreck: Some antecedents of The Tempest metaphor in an annotated copy of Seneca’s Ten Tragedies”
Dr. Peter A. Sturrock of Stanford University (emeritus), author of the recently published study, AKA Shakespeare : A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question – “A Probabilistic Analysis of the Dedication to the Sonnets”
Dr. Michael Thomas of Concordia University Portland
James Warren, editor of An Index of Oxfordian Publications (2013)
REGISTRATION AND LODGING
Several hotels are providing reduced rates: Best Western Pony Soldier Inn ($82.99 + tax), Radisson Hotel Portland Airport ($89 + tax), Holiday Inn Portland Airport ($89 + tax) and Kennedy School ($131 + tax). Ask for the Concordia or corporate rate.
The registration fee for the 4-day event is $200 per person and includes opening reception and Sunday brunch. Daily registration for the conference is $75. A PDF of the program schedule and syllabus will be provided approximately two weeks before the conference convenes.
Photo of Portland on slide by Aaron Audio, used under a Creative Commons license.