Program of Events


Registration is at 10:15 a.m. at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church Fireside Room, 3737 West 27th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.

Meetings get underway at 10:30. Meeting fee is $5.00.

2019 season:

April 13 – Jane Austen Day:  Please join us for Jane Austen Day which will feature  morning and afternoon speakers and a delicious catered luncheon.

“Cads and Corsets” — Dr. Charles Carroll’s presentation “An Adjustment in the Wellspring of the Booty:  Jane Austen and Emotional Self-Regulation” looks at what underpins the relationship between moral and financial self-discipline in Austen’s writing and how her novels tie both to moral virtue. 

We welcome as our morning speaker Dr. Carroll, Adjunct Professor of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver and Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Program at Simon Fraser University. His extensive list of credits include undergraduate work in philosophy at Vassar College in New York State, a master’s program in creative writing from Boston’s Emerson College, (dissertation on rhetoric in the long 18th Century) and receiving an MBA from Boston University and a PhD from New York City University. His research interests include popular rhetoric, political theory and representations of the self in 18th Century British literature (including Romanticism). He is particularly interested in the works of John Milton and Jane Austen. Dr. Carroll currently serves as chair of the Undergraduate Division at the University Canada West.

Following our luncheon, and continuing on the theme of looking beneath the surface, we welcome Melanie Talkington, proprietor of “Lace Embrace Atelier” located on East 16th Avenue in Vancouver, to speak on “Corsets: Melding the Body and Mind in Society.” Ms. Talkington will discuss the history of ladies’ undergarments featuring selections from her extensive collection of vintage corsetry. For the past nineteen years, she has dedicated herself to researching the time-honoured traditions of corsetry and her enthusiasm for the art is infectious. In 2013, she was invited to display forty of her corsets in the Louvre’s  Musee des Arts Decoratifs as part of an exhibition on the mechanics of underwear

Jane Austen Day is a ticketed event with a luncheon catered by “The Banqueting Table.” Tickets are $40 each for JASNA members and $50 for non-members. Seats are limited. Please contact: to reserve by April 3.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:30.

Next meetings are May 11 and June 15.

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