22nd Annual Dickens Symposium, “Interdisciplinary Dickens”

Co-Sponsored by the Dickens Society and The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning (CITL) at CGS, Boston University

Friday, July 14-16 at College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Friday, July 14, optional dinner at Omni Parker Hotel, 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108
Deadline for Registration is June 29th at 10am, and you may register through Eventbrite. No on-site registration is available.

Charles Dickens was the ultimate interdisciplinary thinker. The encyclopedic quality of his writing, his incorporation of characters from all classes and walks of life, his genius at being “a special correspondent for posterity,” and his interest in reforms in prisons, the treatment of the insane and urban design all result in works that reflect on a wide range of disciplines and that can be effectively illuminated by interdisciplinary approaches. Yet these approaches are complicated by the fact that Dickens’s career coincided with the emergence of modern disciplines of knowledge, and the nature and definitions of these disciplines has shifted.

Accommodations: On-campus and off-campus accommodations are available. Reasonably priced on-campus accommodations are in an apartment style residence hall and consist of 4 single-occupancy bedrooms. The apartment also has a kitchen, common room, and two bathrooms. These accommodations are located at Boston University, 10 Buick Street, Boston, MA. Reservations must be made by June 29th and can be done through Eventbrite in the ticket section.

If you prefer to stay off-campus, there are several hotels in the area where you can book your stay.

Conference Schedule

All room availability is first come first served, so please book early. Individuals are responsible for all charges. The following accommodations have discounted rates:

Boston University
10 Buick Street, Boston, MA
Room type: apartment-style residence hall consisting of 4 single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, common room, and 2 bathrooms Rate: $70 Reservations: Must be made by June 29, 2017. Please register via the Eventbrite link.

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline
1200 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02466
Rate: $269+ taxes, standard room
Courtesy rate based on availability on July 13-15, 2017.
Reservations: Call 617-277-1200 and indicate you are with BU, Dickens Symposium, or use booking link.

Hotel Boston
1650 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135
Rate: $209-229+ taxes, rates varying by room type/occupancy and include complimentary continental breakfast. Reservations must be made by June 14, 2017 at www.hotelBoston.com and use rate code Dickens2017.

Residence Inn by Marriott Back Bay/Fenway
125 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Rate: $339+ taxes, Studio Suite
Reservations must be made by June 1, 2017. Call 800-331-3131 and identify that you are with BU, Dickens Symposium, or use booking link.

Other area hotels include:

Boston Hotel Buckminster
645 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215
Special conference rates are not available, but you may check room rates and availability. Reservations: 800-219-2133

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Special conference rates are not available, but you may check room rates and availability. Reservations: 855-366-1649

For daytime parking, the lot closest to the College of General Studies is Agganis Garage at 925 Commonwealth Avenue.  The rate is $13 max; BU permits & cash only.

Other parking is available at public lots on campus. Please note that the Red Sox are in town the weekend of July 14-16, and depending on timing, additional Red Sox rates apply at the Granby (cash only) and Kenmore (cash only) lots.

Overnight parking is available only at the Langsam Garage at 278 Babcock Street. Vehicular entrance is on Gardner Street. The rate is $26 per night; BU permits & cash only (includes daytime parking as well).