Our Southern California location and large, active membership base enable JASNA Southwest to offer a vibrant range of speakers and programming each year for our regular region-wide meetings — from filmmakers and authors to academic experts and historians, and from sneak-preview performances to gardening, fashion and rare book specialists. Beginning in 2019, we expanded to four meetings per year, generally in February/March, May/June, September/October and December. We moved to online-only events beginning in March 2020 and will continue holding periodic free Zoom events even after we return to more regular programming. We are returning to in-person meetings in June 2022! We are open to suggestions about locations that can host 100-120 people with parking included or close to the venue.

In addition to our regular meetings, JASNA Southwest members also occasionally have the opportunity to attend free film screenings (such as Love and Friendship, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Austenland and Belle) and participate in special events such as Santa Monica Reads, which included a book discussion with author Jo Baker (Longbourn).


For our four annual region-wide gatherings, we include a mix of locations for the convenience and interest of our far-flung membership. Venues have included:

  • Universities (Caltech, Chapman University, UCLA, University of Southern California)
  • Libraries (such as the Huntington Library in Pasadena, the Pasadena Public Library and Brand Library in Glendale)
  • Queen Mary in Long Beach
  • Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City
  • Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside
  • Restaurants and hotels

 JASNA Southwest 2022-2023
In-Person Meetings & Zoom Presentations
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December 3, 2022

Jane Austen and the Musical Arts
In-Person Full-Day Event concluding with a dance lesson: The Grand Event Center, Long Beach
Talk on Music in Jane Austen’s Time by Dr. Colleen Reardon; Musical Performance by Flutist Ann Erwin and Pianist Edith Orloff; History of Dance in Jane Austen’s Time presented by Cara King; English Country Dancing led by Cara King

NOVEMBER 18, 2022
No refunds will be possible after this date.

–More information under “Upcoming Events” page–

January 28, 2023

College Students Take On Jane Austen
Zoom Presentation by students of Dr. Jason Solinger, 18th Century scholar, University of Mississippi
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific

February 11, 2023

In-Person Event

Regency Noir:  Romance, Race, and the Rise of ’The Woman of Colourpresented by Dr. Leigh-Michil George

The Bennets are Asian American:  Asian Diaspora and the Regency Period presented by Dr. Lillian Lu
In-Person Half-Day Event: Location TBD

March 4, 2023
Coverture and Marriage Law in Early America
Zoom Presentation by Dr. Catherine Allgor, President, Massachusetts Historical Society
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific

May 6, 2023

Miss Austen Goes to Washington
In-Person Full-Day Event concluding with optional tour: Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside
Featured speakers: Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) who launched a Jane Austen reading group
on Capitol Hill;  Dr. Danielle Spratt on ‘Austen and the Politics of Resistance’ and
acclaimed author and Riverside native, Susan Straight