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.

2018-2019 Meeting Dates

Add these dates to your calendar. Note that two dates are not the third week of the month.
  • November 24
    Orphans: Oliver with a Twist, presented by Ann
    Lord Mansfield & Emancipation of Slavery, presented by Lindsey

  • January 19 - Annual Birthday Tea

  • March 16 - The Geography of Jane Austen, presented by Judith

  • May 25

Regular Meetings

For fond memories, see the report and photos of our past meetings.

We usually meet on the third Saturday of September, November, January, March and May. Our meetings are 2:00 - 4:00 and are held at Sunalta Community Association, 1627 10 Ave SW, a location that is wheelchair accessible.
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Calgary Gala

Tea for Jane's Birthday

Past Meetings

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