Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship trustee Earl Showerman, MD, confirmed today that Canadian actor Keir Cutler, PhD, will appear at the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference to be held April 11-13, 2014 at the Richard Paul and Jane Roe Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Showerman is serving as interim chairperson for the conference because of the recent departure of SARC founder and director Daniel Wright, PhD. After learning on January 19 of Wright’s departure, the SOF board asked Showerman to offer SOF services to SARC interim director Rev. Dr. David Kluth, dean of the university’s College of Theology, Arts and Sciences. Dean Kluth said:
It has been a privilege to meet with Dr. Showerman this past week in Portland. Earl and I had some lengthy conversations about the SARC conference in April. I am grateful he has agreed to serve as interim conference chairperson for the April gathering. After our time together, I believe he is the right individual at this time to help us create a meaningful and compelling conference. I’m grateful the SOF was willing to offer Dr. Showerman to assist us during this time of transition. Concordia University remains committed to researching and discussing the authorship question and will be looking to Earl and others within the authorship community for guidance and input on creating an interim advisory board for the SARC to guide us in the next chapter of scholarship activities.
SOF President John Hamill believes the collaboration will be a good fit for both organizations. Hamill said today:
The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship wishes Dan Wright well in his new adventures, and hopefully he will remain a powerful voice for the Shakespeare Authorship controversy. The unexpected changes in the Shakespeare Authorship Research Program (SARC) at Concordia University in Portland,Oregon, opens an opportunity for the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship to assist SARC by supporting their annual conference in April and to assist the authorship programs in a collaborative relationship with the university. The SOF Board of Trustees agreed that we need to support the continuation of the annual SARC conference and have contacted Concordia University. Dr. Earl Showerman, a member of the SOF Board of Trustees, has met the Dean Kluth — who is now in charge of the SARC program — and will assist in the conference planning to ensure its continuity. Earl has taken the lead to enlist speakers for the conference. This is great news for the continuity of the authorship programs at Concordia.
In collaboration with Kluth, Showerman has developed a preliminary list of conference speakers and is reaching out to the authorship community for assistance. He is delighted to have received approval from Concordia to schedule Cutler because Showerman feels that Cutler’s brilliant delivery and humor will strike a spark with Concordia University students and high school students who will be attending the conference. Cutler’s “Is Shakespeare Dead” and “From Crackpot to Mainstream” presentations are amusing, insightful, and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of interest in the Shakespeare authorship dilemma. Cutler’s new eBook “The Shakespeare Authorship Question: A Crackpot’s View” is available as a Kindle book from Amazon.com. For more information about plans for the SARC conference, see: “Showerman to act as interim chairperson of SARC annual conference”.