Wisconsin Region
“Austen and the Beauty of Place”
December 10, 2011

You are cordially invited to join fellow JASNA-Wisconsin members and guests at the North Hills Country Club at 11 AM for our annual luncheon celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday.  This year the Joan Philosophos Lecture, “Austen and the Beauty of Place,” will be presented by Chicago Art Institute Education Lecturer and JASNA favorite Jeffrey Nigro.

Jeffrey Nigro

Jeff Nigro is an art historian, lecturer and educator who has maintained a professional relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago for over 20 years as a speaker, director of adult programs and study leader on several European trips.  He’s also received the Art Institute Chairman’s Award for outstanding service and currently is the Secretary of the Art Institute’s Classical Arts Society.

Jane Austen was, comparatively speaking, not the most descriptive of writers.  Physical attributes of both person and place are somewhat sparse in her work.  Mr. Nigro explores this phenomenon in his lecture.  What, he asks, were Jane Austen’s aesthetic sensibilities? To what extent does beauty matter to her?  To what extent does her treatment of the beauty of places transfer differently from page to screen in adaptations?  Mr. Nigro first presented this lecture at a 2009 JASNA Greater Chicago Region meeting.

In addition to enjoying the wonderful lecture and delicious luncheon, be sure to leave time for shopping.  We will have a selection of Jean Judy’s beautiful one-of-a-kind bracelets.  (These sold out on the first day at the AGM!)  And finally, you’ll have a chance to snag JASNA-WI’s own 2012 Jane Austen Wall Calendar, featuring Jane Austen facts for every day of the year.

Luncheon entrée choices are our traditional beef Wellington with Madeira sauce; crab-stuffed chicken breast; and vegetarian quiche and fruit.  Every meal includes champagne, dessert, and gratuity.

If you wish to write a birthday toast (either humorous or formal), please contact Cynthia Kartman at 414-332-9757 or kartmania@wi.rr.com.  If you need a ride from Madison, please call Ann Gordon Walker at 608-238-2167.  North Hills Country Club is located at N73 W13430 Appleton Avenue, Menomonee Falls (262-251-5750).

Please make your reservation by Thursday, December 1.  Call Elizabeth Cooper at (608)238-9272 for more information about pricing and registration.  Non-members are welcome.

—Elizabeth Cooper