Thursday, June 9, 2011

Anonymous premiers at Concordia U.

Roland Emmerich's Shakespeare authorship film, Anonymous, will debut at the Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference held Sept 6-9, 2011 at Concordia University, home of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre headed by Daniel Wright, PhD. Wright said:
I hope that many people will come here to the conference to see Emmerich while he is in the USA and on the Concordia University campus, and I hope that, accordingly, they will sign up for the conference to see the film and participate in the proceedings of the conference which will include discussion and Q&A time with Roland Emmerich and various Shakespeare scholars. It's the rarest of opportunities and of great historic import - a moment that will not return again! We think it a great investment in opening the discussion up to a broader community that should yield some far-reaching results for the Shakespeare authorship question in the USA. . . . Emmerichs appearance at CU is, I believe, the first of any plans (I have no idea if Emmerich has any other plans - I know his time is extremely short in the run-up to the public release) for Emmerich and his film to appear, this early, anywhere in the world, but I believe this will be the world premier of Anonymousto the best of my knowledge.
Separate tickets will not be available for the Anonymous premier, tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of September 7, 2011. The cost of the four-day conference is $315, with an optional awards banquet, at which Roland Emmerich will speak, for $75. Registrants may sign-up online.


The announcement of Anonymous debut from Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre Director Daniel Wright, PhD:

I am pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia University will convene this Autumn - from September 6 - 9, 2011 - and that the conference will feature a privileged premier for all conference registrants of the later-in-the-autumn-to-be-released film, Anonymous - the much-anticipated film by Roland Emmerich that explores the Shakespeare Authorship Question from the perspective that Edward de Vere was the pseudonymous author of the Shakespeare canon. (To view a preview of the film, see, amongst other sites, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/anonymous-trailer-hits-176155).

Acclaimed director Roland Emmerich will be in attendance at this conference to receive, at the Awards Banquet, the university's annually-conferred Distinguished Achievements in the Arts Award, as well as to introduce the film and comment on it  in a half-hour presentation afterwards. Additionally, he will participate in a panel to field and discuss questions about the film in an extensive forum following his post-film presentation.

The conference will feature a series of workshops, panels, discussion groups, study-and-research sessions, and other break-out forums to enable as much interactivity and participation by conference registrants as possible. Papers will be presented by several speakers, in addition to Mr Emmerich, by Prof Michael Egan, Prof Alan Nelson, Prof Daniel Wright, Sylvia Holmes, authors Sally Mosher, Charles Beauclerk, Hank Whittemore and many others. A posthumous award of Distinguished Scholarship will be conferred on the late Richard Paul Roe, author of the forthcoming (in November) The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard's Unknown Travels, a book for which I was pleased to write the Introduction.

The conference will convene on the evening of Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00pm and will close at 4:00pm on Friday, September 9. I hope to see all of you here for this grand, much-anticipated event in Shakespeare Authorship inquiry history! Be a part of a this momentous turning point in the Shakespeare inquiry - and perhaps come home with a photo of you with Mr Emmerich!

You can register for the Conference and the Awards Banquet on the SARC website, the homepage of which, of course, is http://www.authorshipstudies.org.

Prof Daniel Wright, Ph.D., Director, The Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre Concordia University Portland, OR 97211-6099 http://www.authorshipstudies.org