The Dickens Universe, July 26-30, 2021

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July 26, 2021 to July 30, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, European History / Studies, Literature, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

The Dickens Universe is an annual gathering of scholars, teachers, and members of the general public who share a love of Dickens's writings and his era. This summer, the Universe features A Christmas Carol and will take place online.

Through panel discussions by distinguished scholars, seminars, small group discussions, and film screenings, the Universe will focus on A Christmas Carol, its many adaptations and re-interpretations, and its continuing relevance today.

Panel discussions:

  • "Ghosts of Christmas Present: Adapting A Christmas Carol Today" with Nora Gilbert (University of North Texas), Marty Gould (University of South Florida), and Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (Louisiana State University). Moderated by Carolyn Williams (Rutgers University) 
  • "'The lessons they teach': Christmas Carol Pedagogies" with Teague Tubach (The Charter School of Morgan Hill), Nirshan Perera (Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz), and Melisa Klimaszewski (Drake University). Moderated by Tricia Lootens (University of Georgia)
  • "Who is Disabled in A Christmas Carol?" with Talia Schaffer (Queens College, CUNY), Essaka Joshua (University of Notre Dame), Martha Stoddard Holmes (CSU San Marcos), and Ryan Sweet (Swansea University). Moderated by Talia Schaffer.
  • Black Adaptations of A Christmas Carol with Kyra Hicks (Author, Artist, and Quilter) and Francine Haskins (Mixed Media Artist and Author). Moderated by Melisa Klimaszewski (Drake University).
  • "'Marley was dead; to begin with': Dickens, Death, and Christmas" with Robert Patten (Rice University), John Jordan (UC Santa Cruz), and Catherine Waters (University of Kent). Moderated by John Jordan.
  • "Christmas in the Crimea: Mary Seacole and Communities of Care" with Lara Kriegel (Indiana University), Indu Ohri (University of Virginia), and Aeron Hunt (Boston College). Moderated by Lara Kriegel.
  • "A Carol for the RSC: Staging A Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company" with David Edgar (Playwright) and John Bowen (University of York). Moderated by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner.
  • "The Passion of ScroogeA Christmas Carol and Opera" with H. Paul Moon (Director), Jon Deak (Composer), and Christopher Kendall (Conductor). Moderated by Jason Rudy (University of Maryland).
  • Miriam Margolyes reads from A Christmas Carol, with an introduction by Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (Louisiana State University)
  • Looking Ahead: Dear Iola, Love South L.A. NAI Film Festival. Moderated by Jill Galvan (Ohio State University).


All are welcome! 

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