The Edward de Vere Studies Conference Agenda

Thursday, 15 April

Registration outside the Luther Hall auditorium (1:30pm - 5:30pm)

Josh Mitchell, Concordia University Information Technologies; Portland, Oregon: "Oxford in Cyberspace: Navigating Concordia University's New EDVSC Website" (5:30pm - 6:00pm)

Dr Sam Saunders, former Professor of Mathematics at Washington State University; Pullman, Washington: "Did Shakepeare Know the Odds in Hamlet's Duel?" (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Break (re-convene in 30 minutes at the Lutheran Church of Saint Michael [7:30pm])

Dr Eric Altschuler, Assistant Director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California at San Diego; and William Jansen, independent scholar; Forest Grove, Oregon: "Watson and Shakespeare: What's the Connection?" (7:30pm-9:00pm)

Friday, 16 April

Breakfast and conversation in the Hagen Center cafeteria (7:00am - 8:00am)

Richard Whalen, author; Truro, Massachusetts: "The Stratford Bust: A Monumental Fraud" (8:00am - 9:00am)

Daniel Mackay, doctoral student of English literature at the University of Oregon; Eugene, Oregon: "Fashioning Shakespeare's Mask: An Attempt to Account for a Century of Silence About the Author from the Late-Seventeenth Through Early-Nineteenth Centuries" (9:00am - 10:00am)

Coffee and tea are served in the auditorium lobby (10:00am - 10:30am)

Opening of the Conference and Welcoming Remarks: Dr Charles Kunert, Dean of Concordia University's College of Theology, Arts and Sciences (10:30am - 11:00am)

Stephanie Hopkins Hughes, Editor of The Oxfordian; Nyack, New York: "'Say, Who Was that Masked Man?' Secrecy in Politics and Literature, Then and Now" (11:00am - 12:00 noon)

Lunch (12:00 noon- 1:30pm)

Keynote Speaker: Mark Anderson, journalist; Northampton, Massachusetts: "Between Hagiography and Demonology: Writing The Literary Life of The Man Who Was 'Shake-speare'" (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Coffee/Tea break; scones, muffins, biscuits, fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks and other refreshments are available in the Hagen Center cafeteria (3:30pm - 4:00pm)

Dr Daniel Wright, Professor of English at Concordia University; Portland, Oregon: "Knocking on Wood: Why Michael Wood's Recent Biography of the Stratford Man Undermines Shakespearean Orthodoxy" (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

Dr Paul Altrocchi, former Clinical Professor of Neurology at Stanford University Medical School; Stanford, California: "The Search for an Oxfordian 'Smoking Gun' in Oxford's Personal Letters" (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Break (re-convene in one hour at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club [7:00pm])

Awards Banquet at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club (cash bar: 7:00pm - 7:30pm; the banquet begins at 7:30pm)

Saturday, 17 April

Coffee and tea are served in the auditorium lobby (7:00am - 8:00am)

Dr Ren Draya, Professor of English at Blackburn College; Carlinville, Illinois: "Paulina and the Dynamics of Control: The Winter's Tale in the Cruelest Month" (8:00am - 8:30am)

Dr Michael Delahoyde, Senior Instructor of English at Washington State University; Pullman, Washington: "Edward de Vere's The Winter's Tale as Tudor Allegory" (8:30am - 9:30am)

Coffee and tea are served in the auditorium lobby (9:30am - 10:00am)

Ramon Jimenez, author; Berkeley, California: "The True Tragedy of Richard the Third: Another Early History Play by Edward de Vere" (10:00am - 11:00am)

Andrew Werth; systems analyst; Seattle, Washington: "'The Secret of the Making of the Best Persons': Comparing the Concept of Nobility in de Vere's England with Walt Whitman's America" (11:00am - 12:00 noon)

Lunch (12:00 noon - 1:30pm)

Dr Alan Nelson, former Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley, will be examined on his recently-published (2003) biography of Edward de Vere—Monstrous Adversary:

The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford—by a team of interrogators led by Dr Tom Hunter, assisted by William Farina, Richard Whalen, Mark Anderson and Stephanie Hopkins Hughes (1:30pm - 4:30pm [a 15-minute break will be taken from 2:45pm - 3:00pm; another 15-minute break will be taken from 3:45pm- 4:00pm])

Breaks (2:45pm- 3:00pm; 3:45pm - 4:00pm and 4:30pm -5:00pm); baked goods and drinks are available in the auditorium lobby from the students of Sigma Tau Delta, Concordia University's English honor society

Film: The Shakespeare Enigma, introduced by Kiersten Brady, Concordia University student and President of Sigma Tau Delta; Portland , Oregon (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Dinner (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

Michael Dunn will perform his celebrated monodrama, "Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespeare Mystery" in the University Theatre (in the Fine Arts Center) at 7:30pm

Sunday, 18 April

Coffee and tea are served in the auditorium lobby (8:00am - 9:00am)

Dr Roger Stritmatter, Instructor of English at Coppin State College; Baltimore, Maryland: "Minerva's Pyramid: The Esoteric Semiotics of Henry Peacham's Minerva Britanna" (9:00am - 9:45am)

Coffee and tea are served in the auditorium lobby (9:45am - 10:15am)

Dr Frank Davis, President of the Shakespeare Oxford Society; Savannah, Georgia: "The Lyly-Oxford-Shakespeare Connection" (10:15am - 11:00am)

Dr Michael Brame, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington; Seattle, Washington and Dr Galina Popova, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Washngton; Seattle, Washington: "Who's Bottom?" (11:00am - 12:00noon)

Brunch (12:00 noon - 1:30pm)

Ian Haste, retired educator; Mission, British Columbia: "Oxford's Annuity from the Crown: The Value of £1000 and Its Purchasing Power Between 1586 and 1604" (1:30 - 2:30)

Matthew Cossolotto, President of Ovations International; Yorktown Heights, New York: "Shakespeare's 'Last Will' Sonnets: Twelve Poems Convey the Poet's Dying Wishes" (2:30pm-3:30pm)

Break (3:30pm - 3:45pm)

William Farina, Director of the Chicago Oxford Society; Chicago, Illinois: "Puritan Politics and the First Folio" (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Announcements by Special Guests and introduction of seminar discussion leaders (Dr John Varady and Hank Whittemore) and a preview of this year's week-long August seminar at Concordia University - sponsored by the university's Institute for Oxfordian Studies - the primary topic of which is to be "Prince Tudor: Truth or Illusion?" with Mr Whittemore presenting, for half a week, the case for Henry Wriothesley, 3rd earl of Southampton, as "Prince Tudor" and Dr Varady, for the other half of the week, arguing against the claim (4:45pm - 5:00pm)

Closing of the Conference (5:00pm)

The recipient of this year's Vero Nihil Verius Award for Scholarly Excellence will be

Dr Paul Altrocchi, former Clinical Professor of Neurology at Stanford University Medical School

The recipients of this year's Vero Nihil Verius Award for Artistic Excellence will be

Michael Dunn, actor; Pacific Palisades, California


Stephen Moorer, Director of The Pacific Repertory Theatre; Carmel, California

The Awards Banquet speaker will be Delonda Hartman of Muncie, Indiana

On Thursday evening, the opening night of the conference, as part of Dr Altschuler and Mr Jansen's presentation on "Watson and Shakespeare: What's the Connection?" the Pacific University Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr Scott Tuomi, will present a concert at the Lutheran Church of Saint Michael.

Proceedings for EDVSC VIII begin at 5:30pm on Thursday, 15 April; the conference closes on Sunday, 18 April at 4:00pm. The Awards Banquet will convene at 7:00pm on Friday the 16th at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

Refer to this website for continuing updates on speakers and events at each year's Edward de Vere Studies Conference!


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Shakespeare Authorship Trust

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3rd Institute of Oxfordian Studies Summer Seminar

7 - 10 Oct. 2004

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