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IMPORTANT Announcement: SHAKSPER's New Design
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0044   Wednesday, 23 February 2011

From:         Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:         Wednesday, February 23, 2011      
Subject:      IMPORTANT Announcement: SHAKSPER's New Design

Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers:

During these past few months, a lot has been happening in my life, and as a result I have 
not been as dedicated to getting SHAKSPER submissions into digests and distributed to 
subscribers as frequently as I have previously. The reasons are complicated and personal. 
However, I need to say from the beginning that until further notice any SHAKSPER 
submissions should be sent to my personal address: 
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 . Drum-roll, 
Please!

I am pleased to announce that the new SHAKSPER web site is almost ready. This site has 
been designed by Ron Severdia, a 21st century Renaissance man: 
<http://www.severdia.com/portfolio/>. Ron is an actor, the founder of PlayShakespeare.com 
<http://www.playshakespeare.com/news/3636-founder-ron-severdia-talks-about-
playshakespeare-on-cnn>, co-author of the O'Reilly publication _Using Joomla: Building 
Powerful and Efficient Web Sites_, an accomplished, award-winning web designer, and 
creative director of the web design company Kontent Design: 
<http://kontentdesign.com/our-team/ron>.

Eric Luhrs has been assisting in the migration to the new site and has earned every 
SHAKSPEReans thanks for designing SHAKSPER's first web presence <www.shaksper.net> and 
his unflagging technical assistance to all things SHAKSPEReans for many, many years.

Over the next day or possibly two, I will be distributing the submissions that have been 
collecting in my mailboxes. When I finish, SHAKSPER's old site will go down for several 
weeks as the three of us work on the migration and as I learn the procedures I will need 
to know in Joomla to run the new site and to replace the L-Soft Listserv software with 
the more up-to-date Joomla apps to distribute SHAKSPER digests to the membership. 

SHAKSPER will remain primarily an e-mail distribution list but with a powerful new web 
presence that will enable me to do many things I have been unable to do with the existing 
site. With the new applications, I will no longer have to distribute SHAKSPER digests in 
ASCII format. I have some ideas about a possible new SHAKSPER Roundtable that I will 
announce when the new site is ready. The new site will also highlight some of the latest 
SHAKSPER innovations like the SBReviews, the peer-reviewed book reviews project with its 
distinguished panel. I will have complete control over mounting the content to the site 
for a faster turn over. I plan to be sharing the teaching tools that I have developed 
during my 40-year teaching career. I will have a running section for Calls for Papers and 
Announcements among other things. Additionally, I will have the capability to collect 
donations from anyone who wishes to give to help me defray the costs of running SHAKSPER, 
costs that have come directly out of my pocket for most of the past twenty years of 
SHAKSPER's existence. 

When I complete the submissions that await me, I will announce more of the details about 
what will be happening during the transfer to the new web site. However, what everyone 
needs to remember is that from now on and until further notice, all submissions to 
SHAKSPER or messages to me need to be sent to my personal e-mail address at 

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  and they will not be distributed until the new site is operational.

Thanks for everyone's support over the years and for making SHAKSPER the oldest Internet 
electronic Shakespearean discussion group, now in its twenty-seconded year of continuous 
service to the Shakespeare academic community.

There will be more to come in my final announcement from this site.

Best wishes to all,
Hardy M. Cook, Ph.D.   
Professor Emeritus  
Bowie State University  
Owner-Editor-Moderator of SHAKSPER <www.shaksper.net>    

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