Past Programming

The Metropolitan St. Louis Region is an exceptional venue for exploring, not only Jane Austen, but the life and times of the period in which she lived.   Our programmes and external events have presented topics on travel, music, courting, plays, dress, and other interesting tidbits and subjects.

Browse our past programming and see what you’ve been missing.


  • FEB 26. University City Library. Curtis Sittenfield discussed her book Eligible, her updating of Pride and Prejudice.  A U-City Library event to which Region Members were invited.
  • March 26. Our regular spring meeting at the University City Library. Robert Mai presented “Leadership Skills of Lizzie Bennett (and Others)”.
  • May 19. Region members attended First Impressions, an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble.
  • June 3. Our summer luncheon at Bettye Dew’s house. Elaine Pontious (harp) and Rose Marie Nester (vocals) offered “Music from Jane Austen’s Time,” including selections Austen copied into her own songbooks.
  • June 6. At Oasis, a lifelong learning program for adults ages 50 and over, Region member Sheila Hwang, associate professor of English at Webster University, taught a class on the card game Speculation. JASNA St. Louis members (and other class members) learned to play this game, as well as how Austen used this game in Mansfield Park to reveal the inner workings and motivations of her characters.
  • Sept. 22. Our regular fall meeting. Lunch at, and a tour of, the historic Oakland House.
  • Nov. 16. Members have been invited to hear Curtis Sittenfeld read and discuss Eligible at Webster University. (If you missed Sittenfeld in February, here’s another opportunity to hear her and meet her.) Information:
  • Dec. 3. Members have been invited to attend the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a play that seeks to answer this question: “Will Mary Bennet find romance and love during a Christmas visit to Pemberley?” Some three dozen Region members plan to attend this production.
  • Dec. 9. Our annual Austen birthday luncheon. Info to come shortly.


  • March 13. “Highbury and Cranford: Food and Community”. Presented by Sheila Hwang, PhD and Jennifer Frangos, PhD of Webster University.  Slideshow comparison presentation about food, settings, and company between Emma’s Highbury and Cranford.  Gathering was the Webster University’s Pearson House.
  • April 23. “A Facilitated Conversation” led by Bob Mai. Presented at the Buder Library. Opened to the public but reservations were limited.
  • June 4. Summer Luncheon at the Gatesworth.  JASNA-St. Louis Member presented “Bending Little Minds: Harriet Smith and Henrietta Belfield”.
  • Sept. 17. “Readings from Emma” at the Tavern of Fine Arts.  Optional lunch was at 11 A.M.  Program was from 1 P.M.–3 P.M.
  • Dec. 10. The Annual Birthday Luncheon. JASNA St. Louis Member and Hostess, Bettye Dew presented “A Partial Knowledge of Circumstances” Chapter XIII: Christmas Scenes in Emma. Lunch was from Noon to 3Pm.



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