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Dickens Project Graduate Conference 2020


Vanderbilt University is hosting the Dickens Project‘s Graduate Conference in 2020.

The graduate student Dickens Project Winter Conference allows for graduate students to present their own work to faculty members. Prior to the conference, each student is paired with one faculty member from a university other than their own, and the pair works together to review the student’s work, affording the student the opportunity of gaining one-on-one insight from a fresh perspective. Ultimately, the winter conference provides an outlet for graduate students to continue the conversations initiated at the Dickens Universe, collaborate with others, and practice their public speaking and teaching skills by presenting their work to both fellow graduate students and faculty members.

Dates: February 21-23

Location: Vanderbilt University, John Seigenthaler Center’s Freedom Forum Room

  • Registration begins July 14 and ends October 20
  • Conference papers are due by December 1
  • Faculty Feedback is due by January 15


Graduate Coordinator, Lucy Kim,

Faculty Coordinators, Jay Clayton,

Logistics Coordinator, Christine Claffey,

Register Here


Scarritt Bennett Center

Lodging has been secured for participants just a few blocks away from the conference site at the Scarritt Bennett Center.

Once a college campus, most rooms in the center’s residence halls offer a twin bed and suite-style bathroom that shares with the adjoining room. Rooms offer basic amenities, including linens and complimentary wifi. Alarm clocks are available upon request at the front desk. Each of the residence halls has a common lounge area equipped with a TV, refrigerator, sink, and microwave. Coin-operated washers, dryers and an ironing board are also available on campus. Irons can be checked out at the Welcome Center in Laskey Hall. At this time we are unable to accommodate pets, but service animals are always welcome. Smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs and firearms are prohibited on campus.

Technology Area in the Welcome Center
The technology area in the Welcome Center of Laskey Hall is also available to guests. The technology center includes free wifi access, two desktop computers, a printer, a copier and a fax machine.

Guests must check in at the Welcome Center in Laskey Hall. Parking Lot A, accessible from 18th Avenue South, is the most convenient lot to this building.

Check-in begins at 3 pm. Check-out is at 10:30 am. If you plan on arriving after midnight, please contact the welcome center staff before 5 pm CST on the day of arrival to make arrangements. For after-hours assistance upon arrival, please call campus security at (615) 480-5150.


Bragg Residence Hall at the Scarritt Bennett Center


The 2020 Conference will take place at The John Seigenthaler Center in the Freedom Forum at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

The John Seigenthaler Center is located at 1207 18th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 and is a 3 minute walk from the Scarritt Bennett Center where our participants will be staying.

The closest airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), the airport is 10 miles away from the conference site. Lyft/Uber would be the best option from getting to and from the airport.


Friday, February 21

12:00pm – 1:30pm Registration/Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Panel I
3:00pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Panel II
5:00pm – 6:30pm Room Check In
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner at Curb Center

Saturday, February 22

8:30am – 9:15am Continental Breakfast
9:15am – 10:45am Panel III
10:45am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:45pm Panel IV
12:45pm –2:30pm Lunch / Executive Meeting
2:30pm – 4:00pm Panel V
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner at Jay’s House

Sunday, February 23

10:30am Check-Out