Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     It may well have escaped your notice that in his wide-ranging 
announcement about his summer's Dickens
Forum, Professor John Jordan buried an announcement recognizing both the 
wide university success of the
U.C. Santa Cruz Dickens Project and the truly remarkable leadership of 
the project and whole-hearted
commitment of Professor John Jordan.

The announcement merits a full-length account of what the Project has 
accomplished in its annual
week-long "Dickens Universes" at Santa Cruz and participation in Dickens 
conferences as far away as
France, Italy, South Africa and Israel. His leadership has expressed 
itself at all times of the year,
at every educational level of Dickens involvement, and for the widest 
range of Dickens readers, scholars,
students, dramatic performers, critics, biographers, bibliographers, and 
whatever Dickens afficionado or
-a who comes to mind.

We do him nothing like the justice he deserves.  Hundreds of people 
strongly affected down to those simply amused
or touched by his wide-ranging efforts will applaud the announcement.  
Note that John has used a shy, modest font
to tell us the news:         (P. McCarthy)

>> New Presidential Chair:
>> The Dickens Project has received matching funding from the UC Office of
>> the President to create the *Jordan-Stern Presidential Chair in Dickens
>> and Nineteenth-Century Studies*
>> <>.
>> The income from this million-dollar endowment will be used to fund
>> scholarly activities through the Dickens Project and the Literature
>> Department at UCSC.