Oregon/SW Washington Region

Dr. Lynda Hall Lecture
May 12, 2013

Sixty people attended our May 12, Mother’s Day Program at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego.  Mothers and daughters, friends and family members, and several students from nearby universities filled the hall.  The venue was vibrant with potted herbs, hand embroidered tablecloths, and Pride and Prejudice memorabilia decorating each table.  Members provided a sumptuous potluck luncheon with entrees to please any palate.  Vintage tea cups and a decadent dessert bar added to the festive atmosphere.

Thanks to a JASNA Traveling Lecture grant, our region was able to fly Dr. Lynda Hall in from Chapman University in Orange, California.  Her presentation was intelligent and humorous—the perfect recipe for an enjoyable afternoon.  Dr. Hall spoke about marriages in Jane Austen’s time, focusing on Charlotte Lucas Collins and her willingness to sacrifice her intrinsic value for a marriage which provided her with economic security and little else.  She was also kind enough to tell us about her week spent with screenwriter Andrew Davies, and to provide us with some interesting tidbits about Colin Firth.  She was joined by her parents from the Oregon Coast, and was grateful to be able to spend Mother’s Day with her mother!

—Kim Higgins

Lynda Hall talking to the Oregon/SW Washington Region