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Registration for the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program is now open!

It’s finally time: Registration for the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program — “Jane Austen’s World,” exploring Austen’s letters and Claire Tomalin’s Austen biography — is NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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We expect to sell out once again, so make sure to register early. Our fantastic lineup of guests includes author Robert Morrison (author of “The Regency Years”), noted scholar Janine Barchas (author of “The Lost Books of Jane Austen”) and award-winning novelist Mary Robinette Kowal (whose books include her Regency-set “Glamourist” series). Plus, two popular speakers from JASPs past are returning for 2020: Benjamin Bartgis, a historical-penmanship enthusiast, and historical tailor Samantha Bullat.

Early bird registration ends Jan. 31, so make sure to take advantage of our discount now by registering ASAP. And — psst — here’s a pro tip: If you’re looking for a present for someone special, we offer gift cards to JASP, so you can treat someone to the gift of Austen.


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.