Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
Recent Event Highlights
“Historical, Cultural and Social Links from Jane Austen to Downton Abbey” was the theme of the Spring 2017 illustrated presentation by DiAnn Ellis, an emeritus professor from San Francisco State University and passionate student of British history.
Frequent JASNA AGM speaker and founder of Juvenilia Press Juliet McMaster spoke and signed books at the Spring 2016 meeting.
Robert Rodi discussed his motivation and efforts to create his Bitch in a Bonnet blog and books, as well as his full-length comedy of manners based on Austen’s short story Edgar and Emma, at the Fall 2016 meeting.
Emma Approved Executive Producer Bernie Su, Joanna Sotomura (Emma Woodhouse), Brent Bailey (Alex Knightley), Dayeanne Hutton (Harriet Smith) and James Brent Isaacs (Robert “BMart” Martin) spoke at the Spring 2016 meeting.
Jay Bushman and Kate Rorick of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries spoke at the Fall 2014 meeting about developing the Emmy-winning web series.
JASNA-Southwest members had the opportunity to attend sneak preview screenings of the 2016 film Love and Friendship, based on Austen’s Lady Susan.
Following are just a few highlights of recent JASNA-Southwest meetings. For detailed recaps, photos, audio and video, check out our event archive.
- Andrew Davies, screenwriter of the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice mini-series with Colin Firth, Sense and Sensibility (2008), Northanger Abbey (2007), Emma (1996), War and Peace (2016), the original House of Cards and numerous acclaimed adaptations of such authors as Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and George Eliot
- What Jane Saw creator Janine Barchas’ talk on Will and Jane, following the exhibition “Will and Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity,” which she co-curated for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
- a sneak preview of Pride and Prejudice the Musical
- Kate Rorrick and Jay Bushman, the creative team behind Pemberley Digital and the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Robert Rodi, author of Edgar and Emma (which takes the three-page story Austen wrote in her teens and expands it into a full-length comedy of manners) and the Bitch in a Bonnet blog and books on Austen’s novels
- Juvenilia Press founder and renowned 19th century English literary scholar Juliet McMaster on the Austen family’s Naval service and the female experience at sea.
- Executive producer Bernie Su and the cast of the digital series Emma Approved
- a two-day super-regional conference on “Sense and Sensibility: Jane Austen’s Problem Child?” that included visiting the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and with a talk by Virginia Tech Professor Peter Graham, author of Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, about how nature and nurture interact in the character development of sibling groups in Sense and Sensibility
- a performance by Jane Austen Unscripted
- “In the Garden with Fanny Price,” including a keynote address by Kim Wilson, author of In the Garden with Jane Austen, UCLA Professor Anne Mellor on “Fanny Price and Slavery” and a docent-led tour of the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
- Pride and Prejudice: Characters We Love to Hate,” including a presentation by Sue Forgue, creator of The Regency Encyclopedia, that used contemporaneous prints and panels from the 1813 Horwood’s Map of London to locate Wickham and Lydia’s London hiding place
- UCLA Professor Michael Suk-Young Chwe on his book Jane Austen, Game Theorist
A talk by Janine Barchas on the digital exhibit What Jane Saw and the Will & Jane exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library was a highlight of the Winter 2016 meeting.
The Spring 2016 meeting was held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
“What Would Elizabeth Bennet Do?” when it comes to dating and modern life was a topic at the Winter 2015 meeting.
JASNA-Southwest enjoyed a preview performance of songs and scenes from the new Pride and Prejudice musical at the Spring 2015 meeting.
The cast of Jane Austen, Unscripted has performed for JASNA-Southwest meetings on more than one occasion.
The Winter 2014 meeting included a performance led by Diana Birchall and Syrie James featuring a backstage look at what really happened during the rehearsal of Lovers’ Vows at Mansfield Park.