The Dickens Project Supports Learning at Every Level

Dear Friends,

I’m proud to be part of the Dickens Universe and I hope you are too. Thanks to donors like you, we have been able to create a diverse and inclusive literary community, one that encourages discussion, intellectual curiosity, and the formation of lasting friendships. 

As one Road Scholar put it, the Dickens Universe offers an “intensive examination of the selected book, with lectures by first-class scholars and the exchange of opinions with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. All this makes the week an intellectual feast. I wish the rest of my life offered as rich an experience.” 

Creating a unique educational experience is at the heart of what we do. Comments from two students who attended the 2016 Dickens Universe illustrate just how much Dickens Project programs inspire and support learning at every level. 


Mauricio Garcia, NAI"When I once thought of literary analysis as something that could only be achieved through one medium, I now realize that literature can be studied through a variety of formats—by focusing on the novel’s contextual history, by using code to find patterns and repetitions in a novel or among novels, or by attempting to replicate the serialization gap in Dickens’ novels, etc. Despite being confident in my intention to study Molecular and Cellular Biology, this experience made me much more open to a career in English. There exists no one-size-fits-all method to analyzing literature, and that personally makes the English field much more attractive to me."



Jeffrey Kessler, Indiana University, Bloomington"I had attended the Dickens Universe years before, but this time its impact was even more profound. When I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, I was fortunate enough to attend the Dickens Universe twice as part of my honors thesis research. My experience there confirmed my desire to pursue graduate study in Victorian literature, especially among such sympathetic and generous colleagues as those at the Dickens Universe. Having the opportunity to attend again nine years later, I was ready to return for the familiar grueling week immersed in a single Dickens novel. Despite that familiarity, my experience this summer transformed the way I see my work and affirmed my passion for writing and teaching Victorian literature."



Your support makes each of these experiences possible. We couldn’t do this without you!

In 2017 our goals are to grow our endowment toward a million dollars, to offer additional scholarships to people who may otherwise be unable to afford to attend the Dickens Universe, and to continue bringing world-renowned scholars to the Universe. 

Please consider making a donation of $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goals. Your contribution will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of Victorian literature enthusiasts and students of all ages and backgrounds. Please donate today.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With gratitude,

John O. Jordan