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2016 Boston Conference Agenda

The 2016 Shakespeare Authorship Conference took place November 3-6 at the Boston Marriott Newton. 

Conference Schedule

THURSDAY: November 3

10:00 – 12:00 – Conference Registration Opens

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch (on own)

1:00 – 1:15 – Welcome, Introductions and Orientation

1:15 – 2:00 – Shelly Maycock: “Branding the Author: Assessing the Folger First Folio Tour”

2:00 – 2:45 – Julie Sandys Bianchi: “The Influence of Card Play on the Production of the First Folio: Jonson Reveals his Hand”

2:45 – 3:00 – Coffee/Tea Break

3:00 – 3:45 – Priscilla Costello: “Shakespeare and Spiritual Philosophy (Derived from Neoplatonism)”

3:45 – 4:30 – Tom Townsend: “De Vere’s Lesser Legacy: The Legal Concept of Equity”

4:30 – 5:15 – Michael Morse: “‘Such virtue hath my pen’: Onomastic Wit and Revelatory Wordplay in Shakespeare’s Sonnets”

5:15 – 5:30 – William Camarinos: Introduction to Supreme Court Panel Evening Film

5:30 – 6:30 – Opening Reception with No-Host Bar and Appetizers

6:00 – 9:00 – A Question of Will Rehearsal

8:00 – 10:00 – William Camarinos: “Who Wrote Shakespeare? Revisiting the 1987 Supreme Court Panel”

FRIDAY: November 4

8:30 – 9:15 – Heward Wilkinson: “Secrets and the Shakespeare Authorship”

9:15 – 9:45 – John Hamill: Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Research Grants Report

9:45 – 10:30 – Michael Delahoyde and Coleen Moriarty: “Vanishing Vere in Venice”

10:30 – 10:45 – Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 – 11:30 – John Hamill: “An Elizabethan Quadrangle: Penelope, Henry, Edward and Elizabeth”

11:30 – 12:15 – Bonner Cutting: “A Sufficient Warrant: Taking a Closer Look at Oxford’s 1,000 Pound Annuity”

12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch (on own)

1:30 – 2:30 – Sky Gilbert: “A Pagan Play about Language: Challenging the Traditional Dating of Macbeth

2:30 – 3:00 – Depart for Boston Public Library

4:00 – 5:00 – Visit to the Boston Public Library, which has exhibits celebrating Shakespeare

Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition includes extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the BPL’s own copy of the world-famous First Folio.

7:30 – 11:00 – Actors’ Shakespeare Project production of Hamlet at the historic Church of the Covenant on Newbury Street in Boston (separate ticket purchase required).

SATURDAY: November 5

8:00 – 9:30 – Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Annual Membership Meeting

9:30 – 10:15 – Anne Elezabeth Pluto: “‘I am arm’d and well prepared’: A History of the Oxford Street Players of Lesley University”

10:15 – 10:30 – Coffee/Tea Break

10:30 – 11:15 – Christopher Carolan: “Authorship Attitudes and Allusions: 1750-1830”

11:15 – 12:00 – Peter Dickson: “Bardgate II:  Shakespeare, Catholicism and the Politics of the First Folio”

12:00 – 1:30 – Buffet Lunch Speaker– John Shahan: “What’s the Problem? Academic Dispute or Consumer Fraud?”

1:30 – 2:15 – Roger Stritmatter: “The Shakespeare Illusions – From Greene’s Groatsworth of Wit (1592) to Meres’s Palladis Tamia (1598)

2:15 – 3:00 – Ramon Jiménez: “An Evening at the Cockpit: Further Evidence of an Early Date for Henry V

3:00 – 3:15 – Coffee/Tea break

3:15 – 4:00 – Ron Hess: “Two Latin Dedications to Oxford by Munday and Greene”

4:00 – 4:45 – Earl Showerman: “1584: Shakespeare’s Greek Satires on Misanthropy and War”

4:45 – 5:45 – Alex McNeil: “Oxfordian Jeopardy!”

5:45 – Adjourn

8:00 – 10:00 – Lynne and Michael Kositsky: A Question of Will, a public performance of a musical play for young people.

SUNDAY: November 6

8:30 – 9:15 – Wally Hurst: “Playing Hardball: Practical Politics for the Authorship Issue”

9:15 – 10:00 – James Warren: “Motivating Stratfordians to Examine the Evidence”

10:00 – 10:15 – Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 – 11:00 – Bob Meyers – “How to respond to negative or scornful articles AND how to proactively develop relationships with journalists”

11:00 – 12: 00 – Publications Panel: Tom Regnier with the editors of Oxfordian publications – Roger Stritmatter and Michael Delahoyde of Brief Chronicles, Chris Pannell of The Oxfordian and Alex McNeil of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter.

12:00 – 2:00 – Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Awards Banquet – Keynote: Roger Stritmatter – “Magic and Metaphysics in the Authorship Question: Freud, de Vere and the ‘Great Unknown’”