Southwest Region: Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Jane Austen and Politics
Join us for a very special meeting at the historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa where we will explore politics during the Regency era as well as Austen’s influence today.
- Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), who taught British literature in public schools for more than 20 years before being elected in 2012 to Congress, where he established a Jane Austen reading group in Congress
- Sheryl Craig, Austen scholar and faculty member at the University of Central Missouri, longtime editor of JASNA News, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation and a plenary speaker at the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Kansas City
The Mission Inn is also a living museum, and tours will be available for those interested following the meeting. The Mission Inn is home to priceless treasures and artifacts. The hotel features two on-site chapels, a collection of hundreds of bells and countless priceless paintings, including Henry Chapman Ford’s oil paintings of the 21 California missions.
A block of rooms will be set aside for members who wish to spend one or two nights at the Mission Inn as part of the JASNA Southwest festivities.
Especially fitting for our theme, Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, Hoover, Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jr. have all stayed at the Mission Inn, which includes a presidential lounge.
For more information, please visit the Region’s website.