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Oberons participate in worldwide "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" event at UM Flint

Oberons and guests at "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" presentation April 24, 2016 at UM-Flint. In photograph back row: Paul Gifford; Matthew Wyneken, PhD; (Declaration of Reasonable Doubt) Richard Joyrich, MD; Pam Verilone; front row: Sharon Hunter, Rosey Hunter (almost invisible behind Sharon), et al. by Linda Theil Richard Joyrich, MD spoke yesterday at the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group presentation, "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" organized as part of a worldwide project by the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition . Matthew Wyneken, PhD, welcomes attendees at "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" April 24, 2016 at UM-Flint Oberon member and University of Michigan--Flint associate professor Matthew Wyneken, PhD organized the local event at UM-Flint and welcomed guests to the program, saying: "I feel it is incumbent on academia to study and investigate the matter [of the Shakespeare authorship]."  Richard Joyrich, M

Jacobi and Rylance appear on NPR's Morning Edition and YouTube

Shakespeare Authorship Coalition Chairman John Shahan, shared this news with Oberon readers: Jacoby and Rylance discuss the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt on SAC YouTube channel. by John Shahan Claremont, California --  In an interview with  Renee Montagne , host of NPR's  Morning Edition , on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Shakespearean actors  Derek Jacobi  and  Mark Rylance   reaffirmed support for the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare , which they launched in the U.K. in 2007. The Declaration has been signed by "over 3,000 actors, academics, lawyers and others," Montagne said, later adding that several U.S. Supreme Court Justices have been doubters, and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul Stevens have actually signed the Declaration. In the interview, titled " Shakespearean Actors Revive Debate Over The Bard's Identity ," Jacobi and Rylance say tha

Open letter to WNYC's On The Media program re: "On Shakespeare"

On the Media podcast April 22, 2016 "On Shakespeare" with James Shapiro  Open letter to On The Media from Linda Theil: Hi, thanks for your show; I love it!  I would like to comment on your [April 22, 2016] Shakespeare presentation with James Shapiro : I know you are in the business of bringing truth to light, and you dislike conspiracy theories and ignorance of all kinds, but I would like to point out that perhaps your zeal was inappropriate in the case of the Shapiro interview [re: the Shakespeare authorship controversy]. For one thing, you allowed no one but Shapiro to speak on the topic — so only one viewpoint was allowed. I know this has to do with false equivalence on the part of newscasters, but I think it produced an inaccurate view of the topic. Secondly, the language used to describe the topic is antagonistic: calling those who are interested in the authorship question “Shakespeare deniers” — a term used several times in the course of the in

Mark Twain's benighted book

Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain (Harper, 1909) is not in the  Autobiography of Mark Twain  or Mark Twain Project Online because the editors didn't know where to put it. by Linda Theil Samuel Langhorne Clemens, AKA Mark Twain, wrote his autobiography in chunks , and although he published much of the work before he died, he made legal arrangements stipulating that the complete work could not be published until 100 years after his death in 1910. That publication was completed last year with the third and final volume of  Autobiography of Mark Twain . This autobiography, including the entire corpus of his work, letters, and other writings is available at the Mark Twain Project Online . Here is what that site says about their vital work: Mark Twain Project Online applies innovative technology to more than four decades' worth of archival research by expert editors at the Mark Twain Project. It offers unfettered, intuitive access to reliable texts, accurate and

German anti-Strat films to be screened this week by ARTE

Screen shot of Is Shakespeare Dead? author Mark Twain from Claus Bredenbrock's new,  anti-Strat film,  Ist Shakespeare Tot?/Shakespeare Est il Mort?,  to be aired this coming week by  European  cultural TV broadcaster ARTE. by Linda Theil Neue Shake-speareGesellschaft  (New Shakespeare Society) board member Hanno Wember of Hamburg, Germany reports that European cultural television broadcaster ARTE will air two anti-Stratfordian films in Germany and France this week. On April 24, 2016, the award-winning 2014  German authorship film,  Der Nackte Shakespeare ( The Naked Shakespeare)  by Claus Bredenbrock  and its French translation Shakespeare Mis a Nu (Shakespeare Exposed) will be broadcast. This film was screened in North America at the 2013 SOS/SF authorship conference in Toronto, Ontario. Bredenbrock's 2016 sequel to Der Nackte Shakespeare -- titled in French Shakespeare Est il Mort ,  and in German Ist Shakespeare Tot? --  is based on Mark Twain&#

French Stratfordians release epub

Shakespeare, Combien de Pretendants? , new book of French essays on Shakespeare authorship by Linda Theil According to their announcement on today's  European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) email distribution list, French scholars Dominique Goy-Blanquet and François Laroque edited a book of French language essays addressing the Shakespeare authorship question.  The ebook, titled Shakespeare: Combien de Pretendants? ( Shakespeare: How Many Pretenders? ) was released last week by French publisher Thierry Marchaisse.  The ebook is available in Kindle format at   Amazon/France . Contributors include: Daniel Bougnoux Christophe Camard, Roger Chartier, Jacques Darras, Jonathan Frances Dominique Goy-Blanquet, François Laroque, Lois Potter, James Shapiro, Henry Suhamy, Gisèle Venet, Stanley Wells and Paul Edmonson, and Richard Wilson. Goy-Blanquet and Laroque said in their joint announcement on the ESRA list: As you probably heard, Lamberto Tassinari has

Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare, April 24 at UM-Flint

Matthew Wyneken, PhD, at Oberon meeting April 16, 2016. Wyeken will host "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare"  April 24, 2016 at UM-Flint. by Linda Theil Yesterday at our monthly meeting, Oberons prepared for our "Reasonable Doubt about Shakespeare" program to be held next Sunday, 2 p.m. April 24, 2016 at the University of Michigan -- Flint.  Oberon member Matthew Wyneken, PhD, will host, and Oberon chair Richard Joyrich, MD, will moderate our  discussion of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition's “Declaration of Reasonable Doubt” signed by over 3300 doubters including 48 notable signatories — among them, 2016 Oscar winner, Mark Rylance . Shakespeare doubter, Mark Rylance. Photo by Steve Pyke Our event is one of several reasonable-doubt programs to be held worldwide , organized by SAC chairman John Shahan. Join us and decide for yourself if there is reasonable doubt that the Stratford merchant wrote the plays of William Shakespeare.