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2018 SOF Conference

October 11-14, 2018 | Oakland, California

Oakland 2018 SOF ConferenceThe Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Conference, to be held from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Marriott Oakland City Center. The SOF has arranged discounted rooms. See below for lodging and venue details.

Watch the SOF website for further details on the program agenda.




Conference Admission

Full conference registration includes all conference materials, numerous coffee/tea/Danish breaks over the four days, a buffet lunch on Saturday, and the closing awards luncheon on Sunday. Daily rates are also available.

The full conference registration fee is $250 for SOF members who register by August 31 and $275 for SOF members registering after that date. The full conference fee for non-members is $275 for registration by August 31 and $300 after that date. Daily fees are $75/day and an extra Sunday luncheon can be purchased for $40.

Students with valid ID may attend conference presentations at no charge (meals not included).



Marriott Oakland City Center

The conference will take place at the Marriott Oakland City Center (1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607) in the ballroom and also the Skyline Room on the top floor of the hotel.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the venue (Marriott Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607). Room rates at the Marriott have a published rate of over $350 a night. SOF, however, is offering conference attendees a significantly reduced rate of $149 per night plus tax (single or double room). This rate is $30/night less than the room rate at our recent conference in Chicago.

Our rate also includes in-room Wi-Fi for $1 a night (usually $9.95). And for anyone joining the Marriott Rewards program (it is free to join), even the $1 a night charge will be waived. So we recommend that you join Marriott Rewards online when booking (or you can do it when you check in).

If you are interested in arriving a day early or staying an extra night, you can get the same rate for the nights of October 10th and 14th as well.

The Marriott is well located and may easily be reached from either the San Francisco or Oakland airports by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).

Reservations at the Marriott are available now by phone or through its website and can be changed or cancelled up to a week before the conference. Marriott’s special group reservation line is 877-901-6632. They will ask you which city you are booking for and the name of the group. You can also book directly online at our special webpage:

Book your group rate for Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Conference

Note: Because the special rate covers single or double rooms, the online reservation may show only one person booked even if the room is being booked for two people.  Not to worry. If you book a room, the rate will be good for two.


The Conference Program Committee is now accepting paper and panel proposals. In response to comments from previous conferences, papers can be proposed for the usual 45-minute length or for 30 minutes. In either case, 5 to 10 minutes of the time must be used as a question period. Additionally, the Program Committee is interested in receiving proposals for panel discussions of 60 to 90 minutes. Panel proposals should include a title, suggested panelists, and a paragraph justifying the proposal. A chair may also be proposed, or the committee can be asked to suggest one.

All proposals should be sent to Earl Showerman (earlees@charter.net).

We hope to see everyone soon in Oakland.

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