Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Joyrich chosen Oberon chair

The interim chairmanship of the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group was decided last night by the flip of a Buchanan dollar. Candidates Richard Joyrich and Tom Townsend agreed to allow fate to end a tied vote, and the toss came up heads making Joyrich Oberon chair until our regular election in September. Oberon is fortunate to have such talented members who are dedicated to the group's success. 

SARC annual conference hosts US premier of Last Will & Testament April 14, 2012

Shakespeare Authorship Research Center Director Daniel Wright, PhD,  announced the schedule for the April 14-16, 2012 Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference in Portland, Oregon. Wright said registration for the conference is $165 and may be made online at https://acme.cu-portland.edu/ecomm/shakespeare/. He also announced the recipients of this year's Vero Nihil Verius Award. Here is Wright's announcement (click on the link at the jump to read the entire content):
The 16th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference will convene at Concordia University from Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14.  The conference will feature the American premiere of the blockbuster film, Last Will & Testament – a film by First Folio Productions, Laura Matthias and Lisa Wilson directors, Roland Emmerich executive producer.
The university’s Vero Nihil Verius Award for Scholarly Excellence will be conferred on Katherine Chiljan for her most recent book, Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works; and on Lynne Kositsky and Professor Roger Stritmatter for their revelatory and peer-reviewed publications that dispatch orthodox insistence on a post-1610 (and hence non-Oxfordian) authorship date for The Tempest.
The university’s Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinction in the Shakespearean Arts will be conferred on Al Austin, author of the Oxfordian novel, The Cottage, and host of the celebrated 1989 Frontline program on PBS, The Shakespeare Mystery; and on Laura Matthias and Lisa Wilson for their work in bringing to the world the exceptional film, Last Will & Testament.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Michael Delahoyde will manage Brief Chronicles

Yesterday Brief Chronicles General Editor Roger Stritmatter announced Michael Delahoyde, PhD will replace Gary Goldstein as the new managing editor of the online, interdisciplinary journal of Shakespeare authorship studies. Stritmatter said:
Dr. Michael Delahoyde, Professor of English at Washington State College in Pullman, WN., is the new managing editor of Brief Chronicles. Delahoyde replaces Gary Goldstein, who served for three years in this position. We are appreciative of Mr. Goldstein's service as Managing Editor and delighted to have Dr. Delahoyde, who was for fourteen years been the editor of the Rocky Mountain Review of Languages and Literature, a publication of the NW regional Modern Language Association. Dr. Delahoyde will be managing the journal's submission and peer review process starting this month.
Stritmatter said Delahoyde will manage the journal's submission and peer review process beginning this month. Stritmatter also made a formal call for submissions for the fourth issue, dated 2012/13, of the journal. 
For those of you who are producing active scholarship on the authorship question, particularly from a well-informed Oxfordian perspective, please consider yourself solicited to submit. . . . To submit an article for double-blind peer review please register on the site as a author (be sure to check the "author" box when you register), login, and follow the submission process guidelines under the "author" link on your login page.  Before submitting, please be sure to read our mission statement and some of the articles in previous issues to get an idea of what we like.
All information about Brief Chronicles: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Authorship Studies and the registration and submission process can be found at http://www.briefchronicles.com/ojs/index.php/bc/index.php.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oberon special election Feb. 27, 2012

Hi Oberoners,
It's time for another Oberon meeting!
Our next meeting is on Monday, February 27 at 6:45 PM at our new place (well, we DID meet there last month so it's not COMPLETELY new), the Bloomfield Township Library at 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township (SE corner of Telegraph and Lone Pine).
We will have an exciting meeting (as usual). A lot of important things will be happening so I hope everyone can attend.
As we discussed at last month's meeting, we are in need of an interim Chairman until we can hold formal elections for all our positions in September. So we will be holding a Special Election at the February meeting. At the moment we have two nominations for Interim Chair, myself and Tom Townsend. We will entertain any other nominations at the February meeting (or before then if you want to let me know about it by e-mail) and then we can vote.
In addition, at the February meeting we will be treated to a presentation by Ron Halstead. I understand that it will be an expanded and reworked version of the talk he gave at the recent Authorship Conference in Washington, DC on James Shapiro and the Bible. You won't want to miss this.
We will also be discussing plans for upcoming events that Oberon can be involved in. These include the upcoming Authorship Conference at York University in Toronto on Saturday, April 7, 2012, the Stratford Festival, and local events (theater and movie).
Please make every effort to attend this jam-packed meeting.

Richard Joyrich
Oberon Vice-chair
PS: I do have to mention that annual dues of $15 are payable at the meeting, so come prepared.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SOS/SF joint conference to be held Oct. 18-21, 2012 in Pasadena

Old Town Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott

Shakespeare Fellowship President Earl Showerman announced today that the eighth annual Shakespeare Authorship Conference, jointly sponsored by the Shakespeare Fellowship and the Shakespeare-Oxford Society will be held October 18-21, 2012 at the Old Town Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott in PasadenaCalifornia. Deadline for proposals is July 15, 2012. For more information contact Showerman at mailto:earlees@charter.net and see the article titled "2012 SF/SOS conference will be held . . ." on the Shakespeare Fellowship news page. Guidelines for presentation of papers 2012.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Anonymous released on DVD this week

In an interview titled "Roland Emmerich talks Shakespeare . . ."  with Jeremey Gingrich published this month at Flix 66, Roland Emmerich said attacks by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and by Contested Will author James Shapiro against his Shakespeare authorship film, Anonymous, hurt the film's attendance. According to Gingrich, Emmerich said:
It hurt. Because it made smart people not want to see the film. These guys are famous people. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is very powerful in England and Jim Shapiro is kind of your typical New York intellectual, and they were very smart how they handled this film in discrediting the film. And when you look at the reviews, you'll notice most were reviewing the [authorship] theory and not the film.
The film opened to disappointing box office last fall, and was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-Ray, and iTunes this week. Despite impressive CGI and extraordinary performances by Vanessa Redgrave and Rhys Ifans, the film garnered only one Oscar nomination: for costuming. When asked by Gingrich if the Academy's snub could be related to detractors who despised the story's controversial point-of-view, Emmerich said, "Yes".

Despite lack of Academy acclaim, the talent and vision that moved Emmerich to bring this story to life has forever changed the Shakespeare authorship controversy by opening the discussion to an ever-fascinated public. 

The home entertainment release of Anonymous includes several special features including the short "Who is the Real William Shakespeare?", commentary by Emmerich and screenwriter John Orloff, and deleted scenes.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

SASC Conference

Mark your calendars for the next (the 16th) Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, to be held April 12-14, 2012. It should be a great (and informative) time, as usual for this Conference.

Here is a posting by Professor Daniel Wright, director of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Center (SARC) and leader of the Conference:


It’s nearing that time – spring time! – conference time! – once again!

The 16th Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference at Concordia University will convene for three days from April 12 through April 14 this year. Sessions will run from 6pm – 9pm on Thursday the 12th; from 9am – 5pm on Friday the 13th; and from 9am – 5pm on Saturday the 14th. Registration is $165.

This year, the university’s Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Scholarship will be conferred on Katherine Chiljan for her outstanding new study, Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works; as well as to Prof Roger Stritmatter and Lynne Kositsky for their acclaimed peer-reviewed work in authoritatively establishing the origins and date of Shakespeare’sTempest. The Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Shakespearean Arts will be conferred on journalist, investigator and author Al Austin (of 1989’s Frontline program, The Shakespeare Mystery, fame). Al’s new book, The Cottage (a work inspired by his own investigations at and near Castle Hedingham), as well as Katherine’s, will be available for purchase and signing by the authors, as well.

You can register for all the fun at https://acme.cu-portland.edu/ecomm/shakespeare/. A number of fine lodging choices are available at http://www.authorshipstudies.org/conference/accomodation.cfm.

Thursday evening’s agenda will feature Cybele Gontar on “A Shakespearean Primer on the Decorative Arts”; Angela Davis on “Approaches to Teaching the Authorship Question” (with an accompanying film); Sylvia Crowley Holmes on “Dick Roe’s Italy”; and Prof Daniel Wright on “’The Lost Royal Child Recovered’ in Shakespeare’s Plays.”

Friday’s program will feature Katherine Chiljan on “The Importance of Chester’s Love’s Martyr on the Authorship Question”; Prof Roger Stritmatter on “Forensic Paleography and the Authorship Question: The Strange New Case of the Annotated Seneca”; Prof Michael Delahoyde on “Oxfordian Twelfth Night Epiphanies; and Dr Earl Showerman on “Shakespeare’s Medicine: A 21st-Century Quest for the Author.”

Saturday’s program, prior to the awards ceremony, will feature William Ray’s “The Suits of Woe: Hamlet’s Unquiet Soul”; Richard Whalen on “The Hybrid Weird Sisters in Macbeth: Greek Prophetesses as Comical Scottish Witches”; Lynne Kositsky and Prof Roger Stritmatter on “The Tempest and the Authorship Question: Critiquing the Critics”; and Al Austin on “Something Rotten.” The day’s presentation will conclude with Alex McNeil “emcee-ing” what promises to be an exciting round of Oxfordian Jeopardy featuring students from Prof Wright’s undergraduate Shakespeare class as contestants.

No official events will be pursued on Sunday the 15th, but the SARC will be available for meetings by authorship societies, groups, organizations, clubs and associations on Sunday the 15th. If you’d like to reserve space for your group (at no cost, of course), contact me at dwright@cu-portland.edu or James Gaynor, the SARC intern, at jgaynor@mail2.cu-portland.edu.

Don’t miss this occasion for great fun, learning, camaraderie and bonhomie! Register now! I look forward to seeing you here in Portland, the resplendent City of Roses, in April!

I am planning to be there (and maybe even take in a play or two [or more] at the not-so-near Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland).