I wish to thank everyone who attended, followed, helped organize, or presented at the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s 2015 conference in Ashland, Oregon. This conference will long be remembered for its high-quality presentations, its revelations of exciting research discoveries, its invasion by a charming contingent of British scholars, its record-setting attendance, and the general sense of camaraderie, joy, and, yes, fellowship that pervaded the entire event.
Special thanks to Earl Showerman, who organized the event, and to everyone who helped him. Congratulations to Alexander Waugh, the Oxfordian of the Year for 2015, for his remarkable research discoveries concerning the “dark lady of the sonnets,” which, I think, inspired everyone who heard his presentation. Thanks to Michael Delahoyde and Coleen Moriarty, who detailed how their explorations of Italian archives turned up hitherto-unknown documents concerning Edward de Vere’s travels in Italy. Thanks to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for its delightful Much Ado About Nothing, its passionate Antony and Cleopatra, and its peerless Pericles. Thanks also to the Festival for allowing performers and production staff to participate in panel discussions on each play for our conference attendees.
I believe that this was a watershed gathering for the Oxfordian movement. Again, thanks to everyone who participated in this magical event.
Tom Regnier, President
Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship
September 28, 2015