Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
Whether you have just discovered Jane Austen or are a lifelong aficionado, you are welcome at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and our local region of the society, JASNA Southwest.
Our region is the largest and one of the oldest in the national society. We host four regional meetings annually that feature a wide range of speakers and presentations, offer numerous local reading and game groups, sponsor a Young Filmmakers Contest and maintain a comprehensive guide to Austen Adaptations.
Learn more about the benefits of joining JASNA and JASNA Southwest on our membership page.
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Left: Lyme Park stood in for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
Celebrating 40 Years!
JASNA (October 5, 1979) and JASNA Southwest (December 14, 1979)
UCLA Faculty Center
Georgian Justice: Law in the Regency Era
James Nagle, lawyer and frequent JASNA Annual General Meeting speaker, “Inheritance in Jane Austen’s Time”
Walter Nelson, historical consultant, “Crime and Punishment in the Regency Era”
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Mission Inn, Riverside
Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.
Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), former English teacher who launched a Jane Austen reading group on Capitol Hill
Austen scholar Sheryl Craig, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Austen Family Theatricals
A staged reading will follow the presentation.
Melinda Finberg, a dramaturg and theatre history scholar at the USC School of Dramatic Arts
Saturday, December 5, 2020
The Grand, Long Beach
Fashion Afoot: Costumes, Shoes and Dancing in the Regency Era
Following the presentations and lunch, we’ll engage in a dance lesson.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, renowned film costumer and director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA
Kimberley Alexander, author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era
Annie Laskey, English Country Dance expert
At our December 2018 meeting at Sony Pictures Studio, JASNA Southwest Regional Coordinator Susie Wampler moderated a conversation with Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, on how she first became an Austen fan, the process of translating the book to a...
Ellyn Cardon, a senior undergraduate at Brigham Young University, is the winner of this year's Young Filmmaker Contest for her entry, Mrs. Bennet's Plan. Both Ellyn (above) and her mother, Dana (below) -- the inspiration for Mrs. Bennet in the short film -- attended...
The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) invites you to submit your short film (five minutes or less) to our third annual Young Filmmakers Contest. Entry is FREE. WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate-school levels (If you...
Interested in our lineup of events for 2019-2020? Download our upcoming events postcard and save the dates!
Interested in the latest announced remakes of Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Clueless? Want to learn more about the lost versions of Pride and Prejudice? Did you know there's a new feminist/LGBT take on Emma? Or that Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant star in a...
JASNA's annual student essay contest is now open for submissions. The contest fosters study and appreciation of Jane Austen's work, with several hundred students competing for scholarship awards each year. The contest is open worldwide to students in three divisions:...
Additional speakers have joined our lineup for our Winter 2018 meeting at Sony Pictures Studios. Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, will do a Q&A session on "The Modern Elizabeth Bennet," while fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell will...
Chawton House was the home of Austen's brother Edward Knight, who offered nearby Chawton Cottage to his mother and sister' during what would become Austen's home during her final, most productive years of life. Now an important nonprofit center for the study of early...
Pride and Prejudice placed fourth out of 100 books in the running for best-loved novel in PBS' The Great American Read. After a nationwide voting, the results were announced on Oct. 23, with To Kill a Mockingbird coming out on top, followed by the Outlander series,...
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