July 2023

July 2023 – A Midsummer’s Night Daydream

Chairs: Ray and April Castoldi

Each year, the All Star One conference begins about a week after the summer solstice.  So we’ll reflect on this mysterious seasonal change, the moment when summer is begins, and yet the hours of daylight immediately begin to diminish. This also ties in with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the works of William Shakespeare. Or is it? Our guest speaker, Dr. Earl Showerman (April’s uncle), will lead us through a fascinating exploration of the “Shakespeare Authorship Question,” which some call the greatest literary mystery of all time.

Speaker of the Week:  Dr. Earl Showerman

Earl Showerman graduated from Harvard College and the University of Michigan Medical School, and practiced emergency medicine in southern Oregon for 30 years.  After retiring in 2003, he enrolled at Southern Oregon University (SOU) to study Shakespeare. Over the past two decades he has presented and published scholarly papers on a variety of topics including the Greek dramatic sources of Hamlet, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Much Ado about Nothing, Timon of Athens, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   In 2012, he presented the keynote address on the playwright’s medical knowledge at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust Conference in London. Over the past decade he has taught a series of courses on Shakespeare and the authorship question at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SOU, and is the author of a chapter on Shakespeare’s medical knowledge in Shakespeare Beyond Doubt? Exposing an Industry in Denial (2013), and contributed three topics to Know-It-All Shakespeare (2017), edited by Ros Barber.  He is the executive producer of the first collection of songs related to Edward de Vere, My Lord of Oxenford’s Mask, by the lute duet Mignarda (2006). He was recently elected to the office of President of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

Minister of the Week: Rev. Nancy Wood

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