WPI’s Dickens Collection: A World-Class Resource
Reception, Presentation and Viewing of Collection
Hosted by Bonnie and Tom Newman '64, WPI's Alden Society Co-Chairs
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL 34242
It may seem a strange pairing - Charles Dickens and WPI. But those familiar with Dickens’s works know that it is impossible to separate the man and his writings from his time of great technological change—the Industrial Revolution—and the resulting social and cultural upheaval. The issues Dickens witnessed, lived, and chronicled in his writing are the same as those we face today—education, poverty, industrialization (or globalization, in today’s parlance). Dickens shows us the benefits and challenges brought about by the Industrial Revolution, and these are important lessons for any STEM student preparing to face the challenges and opportunities brought about by the Information Age. These collections of Dickens’s works demonstrate the value of longevity. They illustrate the value that comes when ideals, knowledge, and philosophies are passed down through generations.
Hear from Professor Joel J. Brattin, Professor of English, as he presents on the Robert D. Fellman and The Daniel and Alice Ryan Dickens Collections.
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.