NEH Summer Seminars

The Dickens Project has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a Summer Seminar for School Teachers in 2016.

"Dickens: Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities" will be led by Prof. Marty Gould (Univ. of South Florida) and is intended for School Teachers. Prof. Gould previously led Summer Seminars in 2011 and 2014. 

Taking an interdisciplinary, cultural-studies approach to literature, this NEH summer seminar considers Hard Timesand A Tale of Two Cities in relation to historical events & contemporary concerns, literary influences & modern adaptations, Victorian social theory & current critical trends.

Participants will be asked to arrive July 2 and 3 and be settled in by July 4, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner that evening. The seminar will begin meeting the following morning and end on Friday, July 29. Everyone is welcome to stay on for the Dickens Universe at no additional charge. 

Guest speakers for the seminar include Professors Sharon Weltman (LSU) and Kate Flint (USC), as well as Jon Varese, Director of Digital Initiatives for the Dickens Project. Regular film screenings are scheduled, as well as festivities and field trips sponsored by the Friends of the Dickens Project.

About NEH Seminars

Summer Seminars for School Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide teachers an opportunity for substantive study of significant humanities ideas and texts. Prior to completing an application to a specific seminar, please review the letter from the seminar director and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

A Seminar for School Teachers enables 16 NEH Summer Scholars to explore a topic or set of readings with a scholar having special interest and expertise in the field. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.