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When you are not enjoying the view of the sea, like Sanditon’s, “dancing & sparkling in Sunshine & Freshness,” you may select from a panoply of special events: intriguing workshops, tea-time lectures, informative talks, fireside chats, and performances “which have only genius, wit and taste to recommend them.”

Special Interest Sessions and the Marquee Event are free of charge; others will require a paid ticket.  Please check again soon for additional offerings, detailed descriptions, prices, and times.

Special Interest Sessions


Scrambling ourselves into a little education: Austen in the College Curriculum
     Andrea Hearn, Professor of English, Vanderbilt University, TN
     Elizabeth Heffington, Lipscomb University, TN
     Natalie Hewitt, Hope International University, CA

Bring your draft curricula to this exciting workshop, involving idea sharing among instructors on effective methods of teaching Austen’s novels.

Informative Talks

Conversations in Good Company: How to Start a Jane Austen Reading Group
     Deborah Barnum, JASNA Vermont Region
     Holly Field, JASNA Illinois, Greater Chicago Region

Legacy We Still Can Touch: The Jane Austen Family Churches
     Lynn Sherick, Chair, JASNA Churches Committee

The JASNA International Visitor Program
     Marilyn Francus, West Virginia University, WV and Chair, JASNA International Visitor Program

Post-Banquet Entertainment: Panel: Austenesque Writing: Appreciating Austen in the Internet Age
     Grace Castor-Scheufler (pen name Maria Grace), JASNA Greater Houston Region
     Diana Birchall, JASNA Southwest Region
     Abigail Reynolds, JASNA Wisconsin Region
     Carol Roberts (pen name Suzan Lauder), JASNA British Columbia, Victoria Region

Fireside Chats

A take on the enormously popular “Jane and Jammies” at the 2004 AGM in Los Angeles, these delightful small group gatherings are meant to foster casual conversations about Austen-related topics.  Below are a few that will take place either bonfire-side on the beach, or in the fireside rooms within the hotel grounds.

To Sea on a Ship: Marine Navigation in the Regency Era
     James Ashley., California Institute of Technology, CA

Regency Obituaries
     Tim Bullamore, Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine

Husbands in Paradise: Widows in Jane Austen’s Novels
     Jackie Mijares, JASNA Southwest Region

Spiritual/Musical Service

A Prayer and a Song: Choral Settings of Jane Austen’s Prayers
     Amanda Jacobs, Composer, Playwright, and Educator, JASNA New York, Central and Western Region

Marquee Event
Lady Susan’s Closeup: An Interview with Whit Stillman and Special Screening of Love & Friendship
     Peter Graham, Virginia Tech, VA

Ticketed Events

Preconference Highlight

The Child Author is Mother of the Novelist: From the Juvenilia to the Novels (Wine and Cheese Reception)
     Juliet McMaster, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, University of Alberta, AB


Conversations with Jane Austen at the Elysium Café
     William A. Phillips, JASNA Greater Chicago Region
     Katie Marshall, JASNA Washington DC Region
     Debra Miller, JASNA Greater Chicago Region

You Are Passionate, Jane
     Diana Birchall and Syrie James, JASNA Southwest Region

Jane Austen Unscripted
     Los Angeles Improv Theatre

Regency Style: Fashion & Décor Tea

Regency Revisited: Contemporary Decorative Arts Inspired by Austen’s Era
     Kristin Zohn, Executive Director, Costume Society of America,
     and Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Costumes from LACMA’s Regency Collection
     Clarissa Esguerra, Assistant Curator of Costumes & Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Interactive Theatre

The Battle of Prague (Post-Banquet Entertainment)

Workshops, Ticketed Events
Sprightly English Country Dance Classes
     Judee Pronovost

Elegant Regency Reticules
     Suzi Oberman

Creating Jane’s Silhouette
     Annmarie Thomas