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35th Annual Dickens Universe: ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ and ‘American Notes’

Program Number: 4650RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/10/2013; 8/2/2015 - 8/8/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Price starting at: $789.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Literature; History & Culture; Festivals, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

The Dickens Universe is an annual gathering of scholars, teachers, and members of the general public who share a love of Dickens's novels and his era. In 2015, the Universe will feature "Martin Chuzzlewit" in conjunction with his 1842 travel book, “American Notes.” Dickens’s flamboyant vision of the brash young republic is evident in both books, along with his powerful critique of selfishness in both its American and British incarnations. “Chuzzlewit” is also perhaps his funniest novel, full of comic grotesque characters including Pecksniff and Mrs. Gamp, but with darkly sinister overtones of violence and greed. The festive week-long program includes lectures by distinguished scholars, small seminars, films, teas, and Victorian dancing. Enrollment is limited. Register early!




Highlights

• Explore "Martin Chuzzlewit” and “American Notes" in small discussion groups and lectures by distinguished international faculty.
• Enjoy afternoon tea served by the Friends of the Dickens Project.
• Immerse yourself in the world of Dickens at a grand party and an evening of Victorian dancing.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on hilly campus terrain. Housing, meals and lectures are held in different campus buildings.



Coordinated by University of California at Santa Cruz.




Santa Cruz

On the north side of Monterey Bay, 74 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is a peaceful, beachside community with an offbeat spirit, a penchant for the eccentric, and a colorful boardwalk that is one of the last of its kind on the West Coast.



Accommodations
Campus apartments with shared bathrooms. Limited ground floor housing available.
Meals and Lodgings
   College Eight -UCSC
  Santa Cruz, CA 6 nights
 College Eight -UCSC
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Description: All housing is in shared apartments. All apartments share a bathroom, kitchen, and common living room. Kitchens are functional (stoves and fridges) but do not include dishes or cookware. Bedrooms have desks, lamps, Ethernet hook-up (bring your own cable) and phone connection. All beds are twin. Free wi-fi available.
  Contact info: UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA
phone: 831-459-2103
web: dickens.ucsc.edu
  Room amenities: Dresser, lamp, ethernet connection (bring your own cable), heater. No AC because weather is very temperate. We like to say we have "natural" air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Campus has swim/rec facilities for a nominal daily charge, located about 1/2 mile across campus. Some apartments have beautiful view of Monterey Bay. While the apartments are large and comfortable, these are NOT hotel rooms or vacation rentals. There are no TVs, radios, telephones, or microwaves.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shared bathrooms in the apartments.
  Additional nights prior: $100. You may arrive early to attend "Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012." Please contact the Dickens Project at dpj@ucsc.edu for more information.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100. You may arrive early to attend "Dickens! Author and Authorship in 2012." Please contact the Dickens Project at dpj@ucsc.edu for more information.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Register at College Eight 2-4 PM July 28. You will be staying at College Eight -UCSC that night.
  End of Program:
All departures Saturday morning Aug 3 You will be staying at College Eight -UCSC the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Included in housing cost. Limited handicapped parking. Most available parking is downhill from accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Cruz, CA
  Nearest city or town:  San Jose
  Nearest highway: Hwy 1
  Nearest airport:  San Jose International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Cruz, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Jose Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

less than an hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

There is a list of transportation options at www2.ucsc.edu/conference/local-trans.html#airport

 

San Francisco Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Passenger Express
phone: 831-475-5439
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies (limo service)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about 90 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

about 70 miles

   

San Jose (SJC) is closer but there may be more convenient flights into SFO.

 
Driving Directions
  Hwy 1 - North Hwy 1 north to Bay/Mission intersection. Right on Bay. Left at Bay/High (UCSC Main entrance). Proceed to West Entrance and follow signs to College Eight. Additional directions on our web site at dickens.ucsc.edu.
Elevation Note: Campus sits on a hill above town. Uphill walk from parking area.

Equipment Requirements: Bring most recent Penguin edition of Drood, and Oxford Classics edition of Moonstone with you. If you're driving, you may also want to bring items for your comfort, such as favorite pillows, blankets, hangers, an alarm clock, and a flashlight.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, then Dinner, followed by Post-Prandial-Potations (free refreshments). Welcome by John Jordan, evening lecture, followed by film.
(Sunday, August 4)

Note: Registration at College Eight.



   
 Afternoon: Registration 2-4 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner 5-6:30 PM.
 Evening: Post-Prandial Potations 6:30-7:30 PM; Welcome and Lecture 7:30-9 PM; Film screening 9-11 PM.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast at 7:30, then a very full day of lectures and seminars. Victorian Tea at 3:00. The evening lecture is followed again by the film.
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 8:30-9:30 AM. Plenary lecture 9:45-11 AM. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:15-12:30 PM.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Workshops for teachers and repeat film screening 1:30-3:00 PM; Victorian Tea 3-3:45 PM. afternoon talk 3:45-5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Post-prandial potations 6:30-7:30 PM, along with book and t-shirt sales; lecture 7:30-9 PM; Film screening 9-11 PM.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Another full day. Special guest entertainment in lieu of evening lecture.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 8:30-9:30 AM. Plenary lecture 9:45-11 AM. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:15-12:30 PM.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Workshops for teachers and repeat film screening 1:30-3:00 PM; Victorian Tea 3-3:45 PM. afternoon talk 3:45-5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Post-prandial potations 6:30-7:30 PM; lecture 7:30-9 PM; Film screening 9-11 PM.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: No lecture this evening, so you can go into town, catch a performance of Shakespeare, or just rest and relax.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 8:30-9:30 AM. Plenary lecture 9:45-11 AM. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:15-12:30 PM.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Workshops for teachers and repeat film screening 1:30-3:00 PM; Victorian Tea 3-3:45 PM. afternoon talk 3:45-5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Post-prandial potations 6:30-7:30 PM; early film screening 8 PM. FREE EVENING. Great opportunity to see performance by Shakespeare Santa Cruz, go into town, or just relax.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Evening lecture followed by the incredible, edible Grand Party.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 8:30-9:30 AM. Plenary lecture 9:45-11 AM. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:15-12:30 PM.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Workshops for teachers and repeat film screening 1:30-3:00 PM; Victorian Tea 3-3:45 PM. afternoon talk 3:45-5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Post-prandial potations 6:30-7:30 PM; lecture 7:30-9 PM; Grand Party for everyone, hosted by Friends of the Dickens Project, 9-11 PM.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Auction to Benefit Friends of the Dickens Project, followed by Victorian Dance. John Jordan announces the book for 2014.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Faculty-led discussion groups 8:30-9:30 AM. Plenary lecture 9:45-11 AM. Grad student-led workshops on novel 11:15-12:30 PM.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Faculty symposium 1:30-3 PM and again at 3:30-5 PM. Open to all. Faculty discuss research in Victorian Studies.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Announcements, Auction, Dessert Party and Victorian Dance (with 6-piece band and instructor) 6:30-11 PM.
   
Accommodations: College Eight -UCSC
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departures after breakfast.
(Saturday, August 10)
   
 Depart From: Departures after breakfast.
 Breakfast: Breakfast
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council
Phone: 831-425-1234 For additional information, visit www.scccvc.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Author: Charles Dickens


The Moonstone


Author: Wilkie Collins


Description: You may also get access to password-protected critical articles by emailing dpj@ucsc.edu. These articles may interest you but are not required.





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