Upcoming Events


JASNA Travelling Lecturer: Elvira Casal - "Laughter and Sex In Austen"

What: We are excited to welcome JASNA Travelling lecturer Elvira Casal to Des Moines for a presentation titled "Laughter and Sex in Austen". Dr. Casal is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  Beginning in 1998, she has spoken often at AGMs and regional JASNA meetings, and many of her papers have been published in Persuasions.  Dr. Casal is a witty, spontaneous speaker who combines close reading with social history and psychology in her well-crafted papers.

Where: Grand View University Student Center, Principal Conference Rooms, 2811 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA  50316

When: Friday, September 15th at 7:00pm

Speaking Engagement: Historian, Kathy Wilson

What: Keep Calm & Read Jane Austen

Her contemporaries paid scant attention to her, and the Victorians found her passionless and parochial. Yet in the 21st Century, and age where seemingly "anything goes", the reserve and restraint, modesty and manners of Austen's characters continue to captivate many readers. Why should stories filled with what Anthony Trollope once called "sweet lessons of homely household virtue" be so popular more than 200 years after their publication? This program looks at the world of Jane Austen in an attempt to understand not only what influenced her writing, but also why we still love her books today.

In partnership with the Urbandale Public Library, JASNA Iowa will host guest speaker Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A. A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun and interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audience.

Where: The Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322

When: Saturday, October 7th at 1:00pm