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Recent Meeting 2018 November 24
Beyond Free Will

Lord Mansfield & Emancipation of Slavery

Lindsey spoke to us about the history of Lord Mansfield,Chief Justice of the King’s Bench in the 1700s. Lord Mansfield played a key role in the abolition of slavery through some of his decisions in the late 1700s, most notably, Somerset v. Stewart and the Zong Case. Lindsey gave us a summary of these decisions and Lord Mansfield himself. Afterwards, the group engaged in a discussion about the implication of Austen's title “Mansfield Park”. Some of the most interesting topics of the discussion centered on Lord Mansfield's ward, Dido Belle, whose mother was a Black slave, and on the possiblity that the title may have been Austen's way of paying homage to Lord Mansfield.

Orphans: Oliver with a Twist

Anne enlightened us all with a discussion of orphans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She showed very interesting photographs and drawings of what the circumstances may have been like for orphans in that time. While it was difficult to imagine the horrors these poor children endured, we couldn't comprehend the morality of 90% of children working as labourers. A lot of different outlooks on the subject by our members were discussed at length. One of the many interesting points was that children in those times were viewed as small adults, thus, having children work would have seemed to be a reasonable thing to do. Thank you Ann for a very interesting topic.

Happy holidays to everyone. We look forward to for our Annual Tea on January 19, 2019 at 2pm. Tickets ($15) can be reserved by emailing JASNA Calgary or See you there!! It will be an excellent event.

JASNA 2019 Essay Contest

Annually JASNA sponsors an essay contest for students in high school, post secondary school and graduate school. The 2019 theme has been announced.

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known "defense of the novel," but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey.

Encourage students in your life to think about the topic and write a submission. The three divisions are judged separately and anonymously. Judith has been a judge several times and would be delighted if a Calgary student were to do well.

If you are a student or teacher, print a poster for your school.

Regular Meetings

JasnaCalgary is a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We are all interested in everything Jane, from love of her novels to scholarly pursuits. Five times a year we meet to enjoy talks, workshops, teas, and galas. Attend a meeting and if you have fun, join in! Membership is $15.00 annually to cover our tea and cakes and other expenses.

Our meetings are 2:00 - 4:00, held at Sunalta Community Association, 1627 10 Ave SW, a location that is wheelchair accessible.
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Only a few special events require pre-paid tickets, such as the annual Tea celebrating Jane Austen's birthday.

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