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  • How Should a Person Be Seen? or, Charles Dickens' Hard Times (March 2, 2008, 2:30pm). Thrilling dramatic presentation of poet & critic Eli Siegel's riveting work with scenes from Charles Dickens' novel & songs performance live--about labor & human heart! Says Eli Siegel about Josiah Bounderby: "He [represents] persons who make their selfishness into a national achievement...who use beautiful terms to hid grabbingness by hypocrisy." The performance will be held at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City.
  • Boston Stage Production of the Mystery of Edwin Drood (November 26, 2007).  The SpeakEasy Stage Company of Boston is hosting the stage adaptation of Dickens's  The Mystery of Edwin Drood -- through December 15, 2007.  The Fellowship's own Joel Brattin served as a special consultant to the production and authored a concise history of the novel for the production's website.   Joel Brattin is a Dickens scholar and a professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • Dickens Museum Curator Visits Worcester Fellowship (November 4, 2007).  Florian Schweizer, Curator of Communication & Development for the Charles Dickens Museum, visited with the Fellowship at the November meeting.  Florian was in Worcester to meet with the faculty and staff of Worcester Polytechnic Insitute to plan a series of collaborative projects relating to the Dickens 2012 Bicentenary. 
  • Robert Googins Donates Dickens Collection to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (January 1, 2007). The WPI Archives & Special Collections recently received the largest donation of Charles Dickens materials since the bequest made by Robert Fellman in 1995 that established the Robert D. Fellman Dickens Collection. The donation was made by Robert Googins, a long-time member of the Charles Dickens Fellowship and a professor of law at the University of Connecticut. The donation consists of over 100 Dickens materials, including a first edition of American Notes and a set of original serialized parts of Bleak House.