Sunday, September 27, 2009

JASNA Rochester Announces Traveling Lecturer Grant

Our sister region, JASNA Rochester, has just been awarded a Traveling Lecturer Grant from the national JASNA organization for next April. On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Professor Peter Graham of Virginia Tech will give a presentation titled "Jane Austen and the Labor of Leisure." This event will take place at the downtown Rochester Public Library, and will include a lunch at the library's in-house branch of the Simply Crepes cafe. There will be a charge for the event--but it should be well worth it, and all upstate Janeites are urged to save the date! Further details will be provided as they become available.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Informational Meeting in Oswego

Regional Coordinator A. Marie Sprayberry and Assistant Coordinator Lisa Brown will hold an informational meeting about JASNA and membership in JASNA at the river's end bookstore, 19 West Bridge St., Oswego, NY 13126 (, on Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. Banna Rubinow, a river's end employee and JASNA member, will be assisting with the meeting.

JASNA AGM in Philadelphia: "Janefest"!

The high point of the JASNA year is coming up soon: the Annual General Meeting, to be held this year in Philadelphia on October 8-11. This year's theme is "Jane Austen's Brothers and Sisters in the City of Brotherly Love." For Janeites, the AGM has it all: stimulating plenary speakers and breakout sessions; workshops and demonstrations; the Regency Emporium; and a banquet, promenade, and ball!

Registration for this AGM closed long ago, alas, but several upstate Janeites will be making the trek to Philly, and three will be among the presenters. Celia Easton, the regional coordinator of JASNA Rochester and a professor at SUNY Geneseo, will be giving a breakout session titled"The Sibling Ideal in JA's Novels: When Near Incest Really Is Best"; Deborah Knuth Klenck, a professor at Colgate, has titled her breakout session "'You Must Be a Great Comfort to Your Sister, Sir': Why Good Brothers Make Good Husbands"; and Lisa Brown, JASNA Syracuse assistant coordinator, will be giving a fashion demonstration called "Dressing Mr. Darcy," on Regency men's wear. (A. Marie Sprayberry, JASNA Syracuse coordinator, will also be defending the quiz championship she won at the Chicago AGM last year!)

Do any other Syracuse Region members besides those just mentioned plan to attend the AGM? If so, let us hear from you!