(4) Our first speaker this year was Nancy Ellis who presented a paper entitled "Work for the Night Is Coming." on the origin and history of workhouses. Further speakers included Claire Fitzgerald, on "Charles Dickens and Fallen Women - Their Treatment in Victorian and Modern Society," Alan Giangregorio at the Christmas Party on "A Christmas Carol," Bob Cammett. on "Mr. Beadle and Beadling," Robert Davis on "Cruikshank and Dickens in Oliver Twist," Claire Davis on "Performances of Fagin," Nancy Brown on "David Lean and the Filming of 'Oliver Twist' ". and Robert Davis on "Did Fagin Get a Bum Rap?" A birthday party honoring Charles Dickens was held at the Union Oyster House, where Charles Dickens had dined. We were honored by a talk by Professor Ed. Bander of Suffolk Law School on "Legal Aspects of 'Pickwick Papers'. "
:(5)The Dickens Universe, the summer program of the Dickens Project, will be held on the campus of Kresge College, the University of California at Santa Cruz, from Sunday July 29, 2007 through Saturday, August 5, 2007. The discussion book will be "The Pickwick Papers". There will be an associated Victorian conference on "Victorian Genres". Mark your calendars. Visit the website of The Dickens Project for more details at
(6) Some interesting material is on the BBC Web Site. Some addresses are:
(i) An interview with Simon Callow on “The Mystery of Charles Dickens with links to oral commentary and readings:
(ii) Home Page for “The Mystery of Charles Dickens”:
(iii) BBC Home page for Dickens:
(iv) An interview with Peter Ackroyd on BBC:
(v) What the Victorians did for us:
(vi) Dickens as an author:
(vii) Dickens’ hard times:
(viii) Shop for Dickens on the BBC:
(ix) A game: Survive Dickens’ London:
(x) Dickens Aloud - Readings:
(7) A new program, a performance of Dickens' "The Bride's Chamber" will be broadcast soon by the BBC on Radio Four. It will be part of the Afternoon Program, starting at 2:15 PM GMT on Friday June 25. It will be kept on the web for 7 days thereafter and can be listened to at any time in that period by downloading it to Real Network or similar audio program. The web site to find it is:
Look for the Afternoon Program. The alphabetical index of programs ahould give access to it.