Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
Rep. Mark Takano
The Mission Inn’s beautiful setting
Ms. Austen Goes to Washington:
Jane Austen and Politics
November 13, 2021
Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside
Spanish Art Gallery
Sheryl Craig, PhD
Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside)
JASNA Southwest is planning a very special all-day meeting at the historic and beautiful Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside (a living museum and destination unto itself!) with the theme “Miss Austen Goes to Washington: Jane Austen and Politics.” Our speakers will be Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) (who launched a Jane Austen reading group in Congress) and Austen scholar Sheryl Craig (author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation).
Hour-long tours of the historic Mission Inn will be available for those interested following the meeting (you will need to pre-book a spot along with your registration). 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.
Sheryl Craig recently retired from the English Department at the University of Central Missouri, where she was on faculty for more than 20 years. She has published dozens of articles on Jane Austen and has lectured on Austen at regional, national and international meetings and conferences. Her writing is frequently published in Persuasions and Jane Austen Regency World Magazine. She recently concluded 10 years of service as editor of JASNA News.
Her book Jane Austen and the State of the Nation explores Jane Austen’s references to politics and to political economics and concludes that Austen was a liberal Tory who remained consistent in her political agenda throughout her career as a novelist. She is currently writing a new book, Jane Austen and the Plight of Women.
Craig earned her PhD in 19th century British literature from the University of Kansas.
Takano was valedictorian of his La Sierra High School class, then matriculated to Harvard, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in government. During his senior year, he organized a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America.