Universal Healthcare

The Dickens Universe brings together scholars, teachers, students, and book-lovers of all backgrounds and experiences in order to create a vibrant community of intellectual collaboration and conversation. The conference provides a rare opportunity for this diverse group of people to spend a week learning, living and socializing together. We believe that intellectual excitement unfolds around dining tables and under redwood trees as much as it does in lecture halls and seminar rooms, and we want all participants in the Dickens Universe to feel welcomed, valued, and comfortable fostering productive professional and social bonds with one another.  The friendships and mentoring relationships that form in this unique environment are valuable to all of us, and we rely on everyone to conduct themselves in ways that allow these connections to develop in healthy and mutually beneficial ways.

We will not tolerate behavior that makes any community members feel that they cannot fully participate in and enjoy the Dickens Universe.  This includes discriminatory or offensive remarks related to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or citizenship.  It also includes inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, the use of sexual language/images in professional conversations and settings, harassment of any sort, disruptive language or actions, and physical or verbal violence in any context. Universe participants who are found to be engaging in any of these behaviors will be held accountable and may be asked to limit their participation in future conferences.  

This is our Universe. Let’s keep it a benevolent, thriving, and intellectually vital place.