Borrowing the words of Miss Bates, "It is such a happiness when good people get together—and they always do." Check the JASNA and Non-JASNA event calendars below for opportunities to join others in celebrating Jane Austen.
JASNA Regions host creative special events that all members of the Society are invited to attend. In many cases, non-members who would like to know more about JASNA are also welcome. (For information on Regional book discussions and other regular meetings, visit a Region's website or contact the Regional Coordinator.)
Regional Coordinators: To promote an upcoming special event, contact JASNA's Vice President for Regions, Liz Philosophos Cooper, at email@example.com.
The events listed below are a small selection of upcoming events that may be of interest to Janeites. These events are not organized by JASNA or its Regions.
The Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan presents a bicentennial exhibit titled “The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet.” The exhibit, which continues until March 30, 2018, displays early editions of Jane Austen's novels and other historical books, writings and illustrations that influenced Austen and her world. There are many events planned throughout the city in association with this exhibit.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
HATCHER GRADUATE LIBRARY, AUDUBON ROOM
JANUARY 6 - MARCH 30
Claudia Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University, will deliver the 23rd Lewis Walpole Library Lecture at Yale University on the controversial reception of the Rice Portrait of Jane Austen. This illustrated talk ponders the stakes of legitimacy in general as well as the unusual acrimony this portrait in particular has often inspired. The event is open to the public.
YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART LECTURE HALL
1080 CHAPEL ST., NEW HAVEN, CT
APRIL 4, 2018
The Players Club will mark the publication bicentenary of Jane Austen's last novel with a literary-theatrical evening. The event will feature a benefit performance of Persuasion, as adapted for the stage by Sarah Rose Kearns. Afterwards, Austen scholar Juliette Wells will join the director and playwright for a short conversation.
THE PLAYERS CLUB
16 GRAMERCY PARK, NEW YORK, NY
APRIL 9, 2018
The University of North Carolina will host its sixth annual Jane Austen Summer Program in June, focusing on the topic “Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror.” The events will take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Carrboro, NC, and at various locations on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, NC. Participants will have the opportunity to hear expert speakers and participate in discussion groups on the gothic-inspired novels. In addition, they will be able to partake in an English tea, dance at a Regency-style masquerade ball, attend Austen-inspired theatricals, and visit special exhibits tailored to the conference. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, K-12 teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and Austen fans.
For more information, visit the program website.
HAMPTON INN & SUITES (CARRBORO, NC)
and UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (CHAPEL HILL, NC)
JUNE 14-17, 2018
Photo © David N. Boyer