2019-2020 News Archive

  • Dickens Universe 2020 postponement: message from the Director

    March 23, 2020

    Out of concern for the health and safety of all our participants, especially the more vulnerable among us, we have decided to cancel the Dickens Universe planned for this coming July and postpone it until the summer of 2021.

  • Tom Savignano: Furthering the Cause of English Literature in Schools

    February 27, 2020

    Tom Savignano is passionate about ensuring students from any level of financial means are able to learn about and read English literature. His donation to the Dickens Project is part of his larger goals to enable students to read English literature.

  • Escaping our Troubled World for a Week of Dickens

    February 2, 2020

    We asked second year Universe attendee Don Peri of Davis, California to tell us more about what draws him to Santa Cruz each summer. This Q&A is part of our new series highlighting members of the Dickens Project and Dickens Universe community.

  • Comfort Novelist Since Twelve Years Old

    February 2, 2020

    We asked nine-time Universe attendee Sandy Bieler Rao of Camarillo, CA to tell us more about what draws her to Santa Cruz each summer. This Q&A is part of our new series highlighting members of the Dickens Project and Dickens Universe community.

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    "I turn to Dickens for a Reset": From Theater to Dickens

    February 2, 2020

    We asked eighth-time Universe attendee Stanley Kramer of Berkeley, CA to tell us more about what draws him to Santa Cruz each summer. This Q&A is part of our new series highlighting members of the Dickens Project and Dickens Universe community.

  • Polio Survivor and Lifelong Dickens Lover

    February 2, 2020

    We asked ten-time Universe attendee Terri Leimbach of Sacramento, CA to tell us more about what draws her to Santa Cruz each summer. This Q&A is part of our new series highlighting members of the Dickens Project and Dickens Universe community.

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    Introducing the George Eliot Archive

    November 21, 2019

    Tara Thomas, Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz recently spoke with Beverley Rilett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in English about launching the George Eliot Archive, an online repository of George Eliot's writings, reviews, early biographical studies, and portraits.

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    Profile: Dickens Universe Consulting Organizer, Brigitte Fielder

    November 14, 2019

    Brigitte Fielder, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and leader in Frances E.W. Harper studies, will be serving as a Consulting Organizer for the 2020 Dickens Universe. We spoke with her recently to learn more about her goals for the conference.

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    FrankenCon

    November 1, 2019

    Celebrate and explore the enduring legacy of the world’s first science-fiction horror story with FRANKENCON, a three-day conference of scientists, theorists, and artists on November 21-23, 2019.

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    Giving Week 2019: Support High School Students and Teachers

    October 9, 2019

    Help us to raise funds for scholarships, books, and paid internships to support high school students from underserved communities and their teachers.

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    Graduate Profile: Tara Thomas, Literature Doctoral Candidate

    October 2, 2019

    The Humanities Institute (THI) of UC Santa Cruz profiles Literature Ph.D. candidate Tara Thomas, a 2019 THI Summer Research Fellow.

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    Guitarist, hiker, writer, Dickens fan

    September 1, 2019

    Peter Kosenko, who had Dickens Project founder John Jordan as a professor, has included the project in his estate.

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    2019 Review: The Dickens Universe

    July 25, 2019

    Monica Barry and Marisol Carrasco-Garcia, undergraduate students from the Dominican University of California, discuss what it's like to attend the Dickens Universe.

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    Caitlin Croughan: Sharing the Joy

    July 22, 2019

    Establishing a bequest to the Dickens Project is Caitlin Croughan's way of making sure this treasure is available to as many people as possible in the years to come.

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    The 2019 Dickens Universe explores a tale of two riots with students from South LA

    July 19, 2019

    One of the highlights at this year’s Dickens Universe will be a featured exhibit coming to the campus from Los Angeles along with Jacqueline Barrios, who is using a Dickens novel to explore the impact and history of the Los Angeles riots of 1992 with her high school students.

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    Ensuring Dickens Prospers

    July 13, 2019

    Retired attorney, former literature professor, current film producer Mike Stern make a planned gift to the Dickens Project.

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    The Draw of Dickens and "Brigadoon" Friendships

    July 8, 2019

    Eleven-time Dickens Universe attendee, Svein Arber, describes what continues to draw him back to Santa Cruz each summer.

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    The Dickens Universe as a Introduction to Academic Spaces

    July 3, 2019

    Sarah Bufkin attended the Dickens Universe as a high school student and winner of the Dickens Project's national essay contest in 2007. She is now pursuing a doctorate in political theory All Souls College in Oxford.

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    From Dickens to Austen and Beyond

    July 1, 2019

    Emma Brodey won the Dickens Project's national high school essay contest to attend the Dickens Universe in 2013 and now is studying English at Yale University.

  • In Pursuit of an Education, Not a Degree

    June 22, 2019

  • Generational Dickens

    June 21, 2019

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    Dickens by the Year

    June 21, 2019

  • An Investment for Posterity

    June 1, 2019