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
Austen Trio from England ~ performing music loved and played by Jane Austen
In their first North American performance, the Austen Trio come from England, where they delighted audiences last year at Winchester Cathedral and at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, to perform the music loved and played by Jane Austen. Their unique repertoire is sourced directly from the Austen Family Music Books - a fascinating collection of printed and manuscript music from across the 18th and 19th Centuries. Six of these books belonged to Jane Austen herself, including music that she copied out by hand, occasionally adding her own charming amendments. The event is free and open to the public with tickets.
Harvard University, Paine Hall
3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
APRIL 7, 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
Immerse yourself in the world of Jane Austen — both the world of her novels and the Regency period in which she lived. On this instructive and imaginative learning adventure at gorgeous Lake Geneva, discuss themes of gender, social hierarchy, courtship and gossip. Partake in a variety of activities suitable for well-off ladies and gentlemen, from writing with a quill pen to lawn games, archery and table play readings. Whether you’re an Austen fanatic or purely interested in this fascinating period of English history, you’ll be engaged with historical immersion and interactive learning and discourse.
For more information, visit the Road Scholar website, program # 22358.
Lake Geneva WI
JUNE 14-22, 2018; AUGUST 26-31, 2018; SEPTEMBER 23-28, 2018
Photo © David N. Boyer