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Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow her on Twitter: @nextjen.

Teachers: Apply now for a 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program scholarship

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North Carolina middle and high school teachers, if you’ve been searching for innovative ways to bring Jane Austen’s novels to life in your classroom, we’ve got an opportunity for you: We are now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program. APPLY HERE.

What is JASP? This four-day symposium is designed to appeal to scholars, middle and high school educators, graduate and undergraduate students, and Austen enthusiasts alike. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Jane Austen’s World,” exploring Austen’s life through her letters and Claire Tomalin’s acclaimed biography “Jane Austen: A Life.”

JASP features lectures, “context corners,” and small discussion groups, as well as special breakout sessions for teachers. Additional activities include Regency dance lessons, Regency theatricals, a Regency ball, and the chance to partake in an English afternoon tea.

“JASP is a unique opportunity for teachers to be immersed in the world of Jane Austen while gathering usable teaching materials and strategies,” says JASP scholarship chair Kathryn Edelstein. “And the friends made at JASP become wonderful resources as well!”

“The presentations, context corners, and discussions are all rich and full of possibilities in the classroom,” she says. “And the final teachers’ workshop gives us a chance to practice lessons that incorporate all that we’ve learned during the program. JASP is not to be missed by educators!”

Scholarships are available to current North Carolina middle school and high school teachers. Scholarships cover the full tuition fee and materials, a teacher scholarship winner luncheon, and attendance at the tea. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15, and the winners will be announced by April 1.

The program offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $350 per person (regular tuition is $495 per person). The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small-group discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, a rare-book exhibit at UNC’s Wilson Library, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency ball, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet, and light refreshments at the ball.

To apply for a teacher scholarship, CLICK HERE or fill out the form below. Click here for more information.

A Halloween peek at Jane Austen’s letters

My Post (5).pngHalloween is upon us!   To celebrate the holiday, we searched through Jane Austen’s letters looking for words such as “ghost,” “fright” and “dead” — and found plenty of humorous examples. Here’s a sampling:

July 3, 1813, to brother Frank

It must be real enjoyment to you, since you are obliged to leave England, to be where you are, seeing something of a new Country, & one that has been so distinguished as Sweden. – You must have great pleasure in it. …  Gustavus Vaza, & Charles 12th & Christiana, & Linneus – do their Ghosts rise up before you? – I have a great respect for former Sweden. 

Sept. 15, 1813, to sister Cassandra

Fanny and the two little girls are gone to take Places for to-night at Covent Garden; “Clandestine Marriage” and “Midas.” The latter will be a fine show for L. and M. [Lizzie and Marianne]. They revelled last night in “Don Juan,” whom we left in hell at half-past 11. We had scaramouch and a ghost, and were delighted. 

May 24, 1813, to Cassandra

I should like to see Miss Burdett very well, but that I am rather frightened by hearing that she wishes to be introduced to me. If I am a wild beast, I cannot help it. It is not my own fault.

Oct. 27, 1798, to Cassandra

Mrs. Hall of Sherborne was brought to bed yesterday of a dead child, some weeks before she expected, oweing to a fright. I suppose she happened unawares to look at her husband.

Jan. 8, 1801, to Cassandra

Mr. Payne has been dead long enough for Henry to be out of mourning for him before his last visit, though we knew nothing of it till about that time. Why he died, or of what complaint, or to what Noblemen he bequeathed his four daughters in marriage, we have not heard.

Sept. 8, 1816, to Cassandra

Sir Tho. Miller is dead. I treat you with a dead Baronet in almost every letter.