Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Newberry hosts free Shakespeare symposium Mar. 2009


The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies will host a free Shakespeare symposium on the topic of "Shakespeare and the History of Philosophy" from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 20, 2009 in Ruggles Hall at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610.

A tentative list of speakers includes: Rebecca Comay, University of Toronto; Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University; ChicagoNed Lukacher, University of Illinois, Chicago; Julia Reinhard Lupton, University of California, Irvine; Colin McGinn, University of Miami; Gail Kern Paster, Folger Shakespeare Library; and Lawrence Rhu, University of South Carolina.

There is no fee to attend the symposium, but attendees should register in advance. To register, contact the Center for Renaissance Studies at 312.255.3514, or at renaissance@newberry.org.

According to its website, the library's Center for Renaissance Studies was founded in 1979 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The center serves scholars through the use of the library’s internationally renowned collections in the late medieval and early modern periods. The center is organized as an international consortium of 46 universities that contribute to its administration and oversee the planning of programs through representatives on the executive committee.

The Newberry Library is free and open to the public; its catalog is searchable online.

Friday, February 22, 2008

February meeting

Hi, Oberon,

Just a reminder that our regular meeting for February is scheduled for Thursday evening, Farmington Library on 12 Mile Rd., room opening at 6:45 pm. We will be back in Room A, the larger of our two regular rooms.

This meeting will be important for planning our activities for 2008. We need to know who is interested in our annual foray into Stratford for a weekend (or at least a day) of Shakespeare. Richard will have the options for us so we can get it organized early this time. (I know we always say that, but this time we mean it!)

We will also make a major advance into the Hamlet Project, which so many of you have so eagerly anticipated.

And don't forget our Treasurer's report. We will have two this time to make up for the one we didn't have time for last time.

We have had some wonderful presentations lately, but I am looking forward to a meeting where we will have time to exchange ideas with each other and to enjoy each other's company.

I'm hoping to see all of you there, weather and all.

Remembering that there is always enough Shakespeare to go around,
I am yours, devoted (as Oxford would say)

Tom
Oberon Chair

Sunday, February 3, 2008

12th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference

I would like to take the opportunity to encourage all members of Oberon as well as anyone interested in the Shakespeare Authorship Question to consider strongly joining me in attending the upcoming Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, to be held April 3-6 at Concordia College in Portland, Oregon.

Having attended the last five Conferences, I can honestly say that it is well worth the trip. All of the presentations are scholarly and incredibly interesting. The upcoming Conference should prove to be very memorable.

Highlights (for me at least) of the Conference will be the opportunity to hear Bertram Fields (author of Players: The Mysterious Identity of William Shakespeare) and Amy Freed (author of the play The Beard of Avon, which I believe will be performed at the College during the Conference). All of the favorite speakers from past Conferences will be there, as well as some interesting newcomers such as Peter Dawkins, a Baconian who nonetheless has much to say on Edward deVere as, at least, a principal part of "Shakespeare". Alex McNeil, current President of the Shakespeare Fellowship will be speaking as well as offering up another exciting round of "Oxfordian Jeopardy"

Full details on the Conference Agenda (as well as lots of other great information) can be found at www.authorshipstudies.org 

Another Oberon Member on the SOS Board

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Grimes Width to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Oxford Society following the resignation of Elliot Stone. Sue will be serving as Treasurer for the SOS.
Sue comes to the SOS Board with a background of being a CPA and a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She currently is serving as a Michigan Tax Tribunal Judge.

Those of you who attended the 2006 Annual Joint Conference of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and the Shakespeare Fellowship in November, 2006 will know of the invaluable contributions of Sue in making that Conference so widely acclaimed.

With two members now on the Board of the SOS, Oberon is poised to continue our goal of promoting interest in the Authorship Question.

Congratulations, Sue!