LitLabs are interdisciplinary teaching projects that orchestrate guest experts from the experimental humanities, architecture, urban research, and the visual performing arts to imagine pedagogy for reaching new audiences of the long-form 19th century novel, especially the 21st century urban teen reader of South Los Angeles. Under the direction of Jacqueline Barrios, public school teacher and UCLA PhD student, and with the support of the Dickens Project and other collaborators, seniors of Foshay Learning Center and scholars in the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative annually culminate the study of an under-taught genre in site-specific productions, exhibitions, and festivals that showcase blended forms of learning enabled by a single literary work. These public humanities events draw audiences representing the educational pipeline and beyond—from K-12 students and university scholars, to artists, activists, educators, and families living and working in South L.A.—to support and learn from students in their role as producers of these newest forms of literary knowledge in and for their community.
Annual Dickens Marathon featuring David Copperfield
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 | 12-6 PM
USC, Taper Hall, Room 202
It’s a page-turning extravaganza—sixty teens and six hours of reading!
David Copperfield, a novel by Charles Dickens, is the focus of the 2019-20 LA Copperfield Reading Buddies. Members of the extended Dickens Universe community record short video synopses of chapters to expose student to a variety of perspectives on the story.
A Walk Home to Santa Cruz August 13, 2018 By Jacqueline Barrios, LitLabs Director, Neighborhood Academic Initiative “Words connect worlds,” said Andrew Oropeza, summing up a week-long immersion inside the world of Charles Dickens’ Victorian novel, Little Dorrit, while...
By Gwen Jourdonnais, Dan White, and J.D. Hillard For 38 years, fans of Charles Dickens have been traveling from all over the world to get to UC Santa Cruz’s annual Dickens Universe, a joyous convocation that is part literary conference, part festival, and part summer...
"You really need to get into the mind of another person in order to bring a character to life," Hunter Wilkinson, 17, explained to members of the audience at the Dickens Universe conference this August. Hunter shared her thoughts in a panel about her classmates'...