September 20, 2014
“DeVere vs Sidney: Tennis & Pseudonyms”
Speaker: Gerit Quealy – Journalist & Teacher
Gerit Quealy is a journalist, sometime actor and avid Elizabethan researcher and paleographer. She has lectured or taught workshops on Shakespeare’s texts at Williams College, Columbia University, SUNY-Albany, New York University, City College of New York and others. From 2010-2013 she was a daily columnist at NBC’s Life Goes Strong.com. She currently writes for A&E Biography and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Ironically she also edits titles for Oxford University Press. She podcasts on blogtalk radio: HistoryChiQ SmartTalk.
This talk is an explanation of the “poet war” between Edward de Vere and Philip Sidney, and their factions, that goes beyond the tennis court quarrel (1579) and Sidney’s lampoon as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Master Slender. It points to the creation of the pseudonym William Shakespeare and the ultimate suppression of Oxford’s name
November 15, 2014
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s Aristophanic Comedy”
Speaker: Dr. Earl Showerman – Independent Scholar & Physician
This presentation posits that Aristophanes' masterpiece, The Birds, influenced Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. These two festive comedies both feature protagonists who are refugees from Athenian law and both conclude in consecrated marriages. Animal metamorphism, magical plants and birdsongs that awaken a chorus of winged servants are manifest in both comedies. Shakespeare's debt to the Greek Old Comedy is a topic worthy of serious consideration as a philological conundrum.
Dr. Earl Showerman is a retired emergency physician who has been independently researching the Shakespeare attribution for over a decade and currently serves as an instructor on Shakespeare at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute affiliated with Southern Oregon University. He is a trustee of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship and a honorary trustee of the Shakespeare Authorship Trust. He has presented numerous papers at authorship conferences on the topic of Shakespeare's "greater Greek."
January 24, 2015
“Nothing Truer Than Truth” - A Documentary about DeVere & Italy”
Speaker: Cheryl Eagan-Donovan – Filmmaker
Nothing is Truer than Truth is a documentary about Shakespeare, as Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, A-list party boy on the continental circuit, who spent a year and a half in Venice and traveling in Europe, learning about commedia dell'arte and collecting the experiences that would become the plays. Shot on location in Venice, Verona, Mantua, Padua, and Brenta, the film ventures to actual sites De Vere visited in 1576-77. The film features renowned Shakespeare scholars, actors, and directors, including Sir Derek Jacobi, Mark Rylance, Tina Packer, and Diane Paulus, and tours of Castle Hedingham, and Burghley House. The film looks at the process of writing, where life experience, imitation of the masters, and relentless revision come together to create works of genius.
Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is an independent filmmaker and scholar based in Boston, MA. She has published poetry and articles on film and Shakespeare, has a BS from Boston University, and an MFA from Lesley University. Cheryl teaches literature, cinema, screenwriting, and filmmaking at Lesley University, Northeastern University, and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing, and has been awarded grants from the Shakespeare Fellowship Foundation and the De Vere Society.
March 28, 2015
“Malvolio’s Riddle & Shakespeare’s Greatest Crux”
Speaker: Dr. Steve Sohmer – Author, Producer, Scholar
This talk will be from Steve's new book which takes the position that Shakespeare's plays are more personal than we've recognized, and identifies a series of his friends, lovers and enemies on whom he based characters in As You Like It, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet.
Steve Sohmer is a Shakespearean scholar, an acclaimed author of fiction, a television writer and producer, and a former motion picture studio executive. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University with a concentration in Shakespeare. He has published articles in scholarly journals as well as three books: "Shakespeare's Mystery Play," "Shakespeare for the Wiser Sort," and "Luther's Lives" all from Manchester University Press. Many outside the Shakespeare world will remember his acclaimed novels: "Favorite Son" and also "Patriots."
May 30, 2015
“Who Was Delia Bacon & Why Should We Care?”
Speaker: Carole Sue Lipman – President, Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable
Delia Bacon (1811-1859) did not invent the Shakespeare authorship question nor was she related to Francis Bacon contrary to many misconceptions. She was a school teacher whose mentor was Harriet Beecher Stowe's sister in Hartford, Conn. Delia later became a popular and well-respected speaker in history and literature on the prestigious New England lecture circuit. At the age of 20 she published her first book anonymously, Tales of the Puritans and after that she won a short-story prize in a contest sponsored by the a Philadelphia paper where she bested a submission by Edgar Allan Poe. The journey of how she came to write The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakespeare Unfolded (1857) is both fascinating and tragic.
Carole Sue Lipman is one of the founders and president of the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable since its inception in 1985. While living in Ashland, Oregon from 1996 - 2001, she taught an annual class for the community college at Southern Oregon University presenting an overview of the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy. She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Fine Arts. For several years she has worked in film production at Paramount, Columbia Pictures and Miramax International. She currently works for the Chief Creative Officer at DreamWorks Animation SKG.