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Upcoming Events


Narratives of Naval Wives: Fanny Austen in Fact and Jane Austen in Fiction

Virtual Talk with Sheila E. Kindred

February 25th, 3 pm ET



Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea & Regional Meeting

Followed by the Virtual Presentation:

"Twelve Days of Regency Christmas" with Kim Wilson

2:30 - 3 pm ET {Regional Meeting}

3 - 4 pm {Presentation}

An American Garden: Native Plants in Regency Gardens

Zoom Lecture with Margery Winters

Saturday, May 21, 2022

2:30 - 3:15 PM

What Possessed You? How Shari-Ann Savoy Rescued and Revitalized an 18th Century Connecticut Home: A Zoom Interview

January 16, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Jane Austen Birthday Zoom Tea

featuring Dr. JoAnne M. Podis

December 6, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Zoom Workshop: Jane Austen Needle Case

Presented by Kandie Carle

October 18, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

See images of the needle case and a basic supply list here.

Zoom Talk: "Jane Austen and the Material Book"

Presented by Eileen A. Horansky MA, MLIS

September 13, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

December 1, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

Storyteller's Cottage

750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

Author Talk: "Jane Austen's Women: An Introduction"

Featuring author and professor Kathleen Anderson

September 14, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

Cheshire Public Library

104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

April 5-7, 2019

"Beyond the Written Word"--An Exploration of Jane Austen's World

In conjunction with the JASNA New York Metro region.


Saturday, July 22nd 3pm

Virtual Talk with English Professor, Kathryn Duncan

"Sense and Sensibility and Suffering"

Though Jane Austen was unfamiliar with Buddhism, her novels share Buddhism’s understanding of human nature and how the stories we tell ourselves create suffering. This talk explores how Marianne and Elinor are trapped by societal concepts that prevent them from understanding true love as defined by Buddhism: equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion, and joy. Instead, “love” in the novel is attachment to concepts and material goods, leading to division and suffering. While Austen provides the happy ending, the characters of Sense and Sensibility fail to find true happiness.


Kathryn Duncan is an English professor at Saint Leo University who has published articles on Austen and a book, Jane Austen and the Buddha: Teachers of Enlightenment. Written for a general audience, the book explores how Austen and the Buddha shared an understanding of human nature and how stories can alleviate or create suffering. She blogs on on what she would call literary mindfulness. She's a lifelong Austen fan who's read every novel countless times as well as a fan of Disney and running, activities she's combined in the past with races through Disney World.

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