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2014 SARC Conference in Portland

Professor Roger Stritmatter presents at the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre  conference. (Photo courtesy of SARC.)

Professor Roger Stritmatter presents at the 2008 Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre conference. (Photo via SARC.)

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.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE: visit the SARC website for more information and to register online, or download a mail-in registration form here.
Conference details



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)


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.

For more information, visit the SARC website (online registration available after Feb. 15) or download a mail-in registration form here.


Photo of Portland on slide by Aaron Audio, used under a Creative Commons license.

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