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Shakespeare Conference April 10-13 at Concordia University

18th Annual Conference Attracts Scholars to Examine Shakespeare’s Work and Identity

Today, the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre (SARC) announced its speaker line-up for the 18th annual spring conference taking place at Concordia University April 10-13, 2014. More than 15 speakers include scholars and playwrights from Stanford University, Washington State University, Concordia University and more.

Under the direction of Dr. Earl Showerman, the annual conference is anticipated to be the largest ever, drawing individuals interested in exploring the authorship of William Shakespeare’s classic works.

The four-day conference will feature presenters and panel discussions with Dr. Peter A. Sturrock from Stanford University (emeritus), author of the recently published study, AKA Shakespeare : A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question. Sturrock will also receive the Vero Nihil Verius Award for outstanding scholarship. In addition, Canadian actor Keir Cutler, will be performing his famous adaptation of Mark Twain’s satire “Is Shakespeare Dead?”

“We believe we have put together a powerful and provocative program for the annual authorship conference,” said Rev. Dr. David Kluth, Dean of College of Theology, Arts & Sciences and SARC Director at Concordia. “Each of the presenters bring a unique perspective to the authorship discussion which makes the annual conference an engaging event.”

This year's conference will convene with a reception and screening of Joss Whedon’s contemporary film version of Much Ado about Nothing and conclude with an informal brunch and conversation on SARC’s future work.

Conference registration is now open at www.authorshipstudies.org. Cost is $200 for all four days, and daily registration is $75. High school and Concordia University students and faculty are invited to attend conference sessions at no charge.