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Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia - Jane Austen in the Modern Age - Day Two
Join JASNA Eastern PA, along with our co-sponsor, The Free Library of Philadelphia, for a multi-day Jane Austen event focused on the central theme of Jane Austen in the Modern Age.

The 2021 Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia explores and celebrates Austen’s significant and enduring influence on numerous contemporary disciplines and societal issues. Our critically acclaimed and esteemed speakers will focus on Austen’s impact in the modern age by exploring a myriad of timely topics ranging from racism, fanfiction, video games, and costume design. Each talk will include an interactive Q&A session with the speakers, and each day will include a special giveaway (or maybe even two).

The response we received from our 2020 online Teatime events has been amazing. We are very happy that so many of our fellow Janites enjoyed them! We also know that many people are still dealing with personal and financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this, I am pleased to announce that both days of our Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia will be FREE and they are open to anyone interested in Jane Austen! We want to make this our largest online event ever, so please forward this to anyone interested in Jane Austen.

Mar 20, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Wendy Jones
Wendy Jones is the author of Jane on the Brain: Exploring the Science of Social Intelligence in Jane Austen (Pegasus 2017) and Consensual Fictions: Women, Liberalism, and the English Novel (U of Toronto P, 2005), as well as essays on Austen and other novelists in academic and popular venues, including “Jane Austen and the Social Sciences” in the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Jane Austen. She blogs for Psychology Today on literature and psychology (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/intersubjective) on a diverse array of authors including Elena Ferrante, Carmen Maria Machado, John Le Carre, and, of course, Jane Austen.
Alden O'Brien
Curator of Costume and Textiles @DAR Museum in Washington DC
Alden O'Brien holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College and a MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology. O’Brien focuses on linking fashion and textile history to the decorative arts, literature, and other cultural trends. Her specialty is American and British clothing of Austen’s era, with a special interest in the history of childhood and children’s clothing. She has curated numerous costume and textile exhibitions, including the costume exhibition “‘An Agreeable Tyrant’: Fashion After the Revolution,” for the Washington DC AGM in 2016. She has given lectures at Colonial Williamsburg, the Winterthur Museum, Chawton Library, and at the AGMs in Los Angeles (2004), Louisville (2015), Williamsburg (2019), and will be presenting at the Cleveland AGM in 2020.