Ever the Best of Friends

Dear Friends,

Michael SternThe Dickens Universe is not just the premier scholarly conference focusing on Dickens's work in the 19th century global context. It's also a fun, joyous, week-long summer camp experience on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus, where lay readers and Dickens lovers of all ages and from all walks of life join leading academics for total immersion in the world of a specific Dickens novel (David Copperfield for 2022!), Victorian teas and dances, informal parties, movie nights, auctions of Dickensian collectibles and much more.

If you are like me, attending the Universe every summer is a high point of my year.

As the new chair of the Friends of the Dickens Project board and as a fellow attendee at the Dickens Universe for the past decade, I write to ask for your support. The Friends are critical to ensuring financial support for the Universe and the other activities of the Dickens Project, such as outreach to high school students and support for graduate students.

Your generosity keeps the Universe and the Dickens Project going. With no funding from the univesity, we have to be completely self-supporting. The cancellation of two in-person Universes due to the pandemic has significantly depleted our financial resources. We need your help urgently to preserve the Universe and continue the Dickens Project's other flagship programs.

You can help now in a couple ways:

This year, the Friends will match dollar-for-dollar all gifts to the Dickens Project up to $25,000, so anything you can give will have double the impact.

You have our heartfelt gratitude for participating in the Universe and keeping the Dickens Project alive and flourishing.

With warm regards,
Michael Stern