The Dickens Universe 2016

WHERE: College Eight and Porter - University of California, Santa Cruz (find directions here). Check-in is at College Eight at Apt. Bldg One.

WHEN: Sunday July 31 - Friday August 5, 2016 (departures on Sat. morning). 

WHAT: Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (we recommend the most recent Penguin Classics edition (ISBN 978-0140435467). 

HOW: There are driving directions and other travel tips here. We offer shuttles BACK to SJC and SFO and these forms are also online.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: We are offering two optional fun activities in the afternoon. There will be a small docent-led group tour of UCSC's world-famous Arboretum, and a student-led walk through the center of campus. Both activities will take place in the 1:30-3 time slot on different days. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. You MUST sign up ahead of time in the Project office (1103). These field trips are also not available to graduate or undergraduate participants as they conflict with seminars.

HOW MUCH: Look here to see what it costs for Universe participants, then find a Registration Instructions right here. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JULY 1, 2016. 

WHO: Anyone can attend; you need not be a scholar, but you do need to read the book before the conference and have an appreciation and curiosity about Charles Dickens, his work and his time. Some sessions are only for the Project Consortium faculty and grad students, and these are marked on the schedule with an asterisk. SMOKERS take note: UCSC is now a smoke-free campus, so smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus, indoors or out.

HUH?: You may always seek more information by contacting the Project (dpj at You can also see a report on the 2015 Dickens Universe here. Items in the list on the left currently cover information relevant to the 2015 Dickens Universe, but you may find some of it helpful. It will be updated as details are added.