A multi-university consortium with numerous member institutions in the US and several foreign countries. It promotes the study and appreciation not only of the work of Charles Dickens but, more broadly, of the literature and culture of nineteenth-century Britain and other industrializing nations. It also seeks to bring together a unique collection of communities – professors, graduate students, undergraduates, high school teachers and students, and lay readers. Every year, this diverse community of 250-300 people comes together at the “Dickens Universe” in Santa Cruz, California, for an intense week of lectures, seminars, and conversation about all matters Dickensian, Victorian, and modern. Professor of Literature James Buzard has represented MIT at the Dickens Universe for over a decade. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Dickens Project and co-director of the Dickens Universe. For more information on the Dickens Project go to: http://dickens.ucsc.edu/about/index.html