• Race, Violence, and Form in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

    July 12, 2024

  • “I have been bent and broken, but—I hope—into a better shape.”

    July 11, 2024

    After missing last summer's Dickens Universe, the Project's Assistant Director, Courtney Mahaney, is overjoyed to return this year–now with a new gait!

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    Dickens Universe Graduate Winter Conference Report

    March 28, 2024

    The Dickens Universe Graduate Winter Conference was a resounding success at the beginning of March. Graduate students from across the Dickens Universe Consortium assembled at the University of Maryland, College Park, to share research on Charles Dickens and Nineteenth-Century literature.

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    Project Offers Continuing Education Credit to Teachers

    March 28, 2024

    For the first time in a number of years, the Dickens Universe will offer 2.5 units of continuing education credit this summer through the UCSC Extension to high school teachers and community college instructors.

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    The 2024 Dickens Day of Writing Continues to Inspire Young Writers

    March 28, 2024

    “It was exciting to see students from across Santa Cruz County coming together to collaborate with each other and writing mentors. The [Dickens Day of Writing] program offers a supportive and innovative writing environment for students to explore and develop greater understanding of their own ideas and the works of Charles Dickens."

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    Lura Johnson and Jason Rudy to Perform This Summer

    March 28, 2024

    The Thursday evening entertainment at this summer's Dickens Universe will feature a performance by pianist Lura Johnson, the Resident Pianist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pianist of the Delaware Symphony. Johnson is both a soloist and an orchestral pianist, in addition to having a special fondness for chamber music—Brahms is a specialty.

  • Victorian Gaslighting with Nora Gilbert

    Nora Gilbert, Gaslighting, and the Friends Faculty Fellows

    March 28, 2024

    Nora Gilbert, the Spring Friends Faculty Fellow, explores how gaslighting, a psychological manipulation tactic, was depicted in Victorian literature and theater, highlighting the nuanced ways in which writers like Charles Dickens portrayed gaslighting as a tool of oppression and control, shedding light on its enduring relevance in understanding power dynamics and social issues today.

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    Dickens Day of Writing: The Intern’s Story

    March 27, 2024

    Berenize Marcelo Amezcua, the 2023-2024 CUIP Intern, reflects on the Dickens Day of Writing.

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    Dickens in Columbus

    December 22, 2023

    Charles Dickens didn’t make it to Columbus, Ohio, during his American tours, but he visited Columbus by proxy at the annual NCTE (National Council of the Teachers of English) conference this past November.

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    Dickens, Virtually

    December 22, 2023

    Last winter, I registered to attend the Dickens Universe in person, and I was, of course, looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. But then the hip happened. An arthritic hip suddenly got a lot worse, and I realized that the hills of Santa Cruz (and the dorm beds) were not going to happen. Luckily, there was a way I could still participate—the Virtual Universe!

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    The Dickens Project's First Intern

    December 22, 2023

    Meet Berenize Marcelo Amezcua, our accomplished intern selected through UC Santa Cruz's Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program! Berenize, a junior double-majoring in education and Spanish studies, is learning invaluable professional skills while supporting and expanding our Dickens Day of Writing program.

  • John Jordan, Trude Hoffacker, and Tricia Lootens

    Remembering Trude

    December 22, 2023

    “Trude certainly made an impact on all of us—a true model of generosity and love of learning. I always looked forward to hearing from the co-teachers of her small discussion group, who invariably appreciated how she taught her fellow participants how to be the best students for one another.”

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    Hannah Baumgarten's World Premiere "Havisham!" February 7 & 8, 2024

    December 18, 2023

    'Great Expectations' is one of British master Charles Dickens’s most beloved novels, and the character he created for it of Miss Havisham is one of his most famous. Dance NOW! Miami Artistic Director Hannah Baumgarten will reimagine her in a world premiere dance theater piece, Havisham!, on February 7 and 8 at North Miami Beach’s iconic Ancient Spanish Monastery.

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    The 43rd Annual Dickens Universe: A Review

    September 14, 2023

    Reviewing the 43rd Annual Dickens Universe, retired teacher Beth Penney highlights the community this annual week-long event creates from the traditional farce to facing history and a loving farewell to dear friend and dedicated Universe attendee Trude Hoffacker.