The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0001  Tuesday, 2 January 2001

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, January 02, 2001
Subject:        New Year's Greetings

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I wish the best of the New Year to all, and I thank everyone for your
kind words and acts of support during the past year.

Today marks the beginning of volume twelve of SHAKSPER discussions.
SHAKSPER was founded on July 16, 1990, by Kenneth Steele, then a
graduate student at the University of Toronto, and a group of thirteen
or so interested Shakespeareans (myself included), many of whom had met
at the 1990 Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in
Philadelphia. I became SHAKSPER's co-editor in February 1992 and editor
in June of 1992.  SHAKSPER has a membership approximately 1,400 from
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China,
Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland,
Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan,
Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Wales. The
membership boasts many prominent Shakespearean scholars, but it also
includes professors and high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate
students, actors, poets, playwrights, theatre professionals, librarians,
computer scientists, and interested bystanders.

In 2001, I hope to witness the birth of the long-awaited SHAKSPER web
page and the continued health of the SHAKSPER listserv.

On a personal note, these past four months have been quite difficult
ones for my family and me. Professionally, the most satisfaction I get
during the day is the preparing of the SHAKSPER digests and the other
work associated with running this list. However, I do get deeply
frustrated that I spend a great deal of time on the administrative side
of my job that I would much prefer to spend on the many scholarly
projects to which I am committed and wish to continue and expand. I do
not make New Year's resolutions, but I do hope that I will be able to
arrange in the coming year to spend more of the time I have left on
tasks I wish to pursue.

Again, my sincerest New Year's wishes to all.


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