North Texas Region
June with Jane Austen Seminar
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The North Texas Region will hold its annual June with Jane Austen seminar on Saturday, June 8, 2013 focusing on the manly pursuits in Austen’s novels at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, Texas from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The following speakers will be featured:
“The Military in the Novels of Jane Austen”
Jane Austen’s life began the year of Bunker Hill and ended two years after Waterloo. Her sailor brothers were involved in multiple navel campaigns during her life and she intimately understood the threat to England of invasion from the Continent – a threat that mandated the formation of the militia. It is little wonder that the military provided her with such inspiration. In his presentation, James Nagle will explore that various aspects of military service and how Jane Austen subtly imbricated military issues into her novels.
James F. Nagle is JASNA’s Secretary as well as a practicing attorney with a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University and is one of only three people to earn a Doctor of Juridical Science from the George Washington Law Center. A regular speaker as JASNA events, he is a published author and was the chief of the Logistics and Contract Law Branch of the Department of the Army. Mr. Nagle also taught at Florida Institute of Technology and George Washington University.
Jack T. Laney
“A Brief Discourse on Snuff, Cravats and Firearms, which Much Participation from the Audience”
This interactive session explores snuff and snuff etiquette, the many styles of cravats popular during the period and the firearms of Regency gentlemen. Participants will have an opportunity to try their skills at tying cravats, handling snuff and observing the discharge of a flintlock tinder lighter. Come prepared to learn.
Jack’s interest in “gentlemanly pursuits” is the result of his enjoyment of history and long-time membership in Somewhere in Time Unlimited (SITU), a Seattle-based historical social organization. He also engages in gunsmithing and his personal firearms collection has included pieces dating back to 1775. Although not a member of JASNA or the Jane Austen Society of Puget Sound, Jack attended the AGMs in San Francisco, Seattle, Tucson and Vancouver, Canada as an accessory to his wife, and has very nearly read almost half of Emma.
“Ports of the Period”
There exists many character images in Pride and Prejudice but none quite like that of Mr. Hurst who lived his life for consumption – food, sport, (we can only assume women) and, of course drink. If you have ever wondered what the men did while the women “withdrew” after dinner to the salon, join Mr. Pierson as he reviews the various ports, sherries, brandies and other alcoholic beverages that men of Regency England consumed.
Bill Peirson practices real estate law in Dallas, Texas and has attended multiple AGMs – as his wife’s arm candy! He is a dedicated member of the North Texas Region and developed the “Manly Pursuits” theme for the 2011 AGM in Fort Worth.
The program features a luncheon followed by English Country Dancing Workshop with Luellen Bassano. Don’t know a “hay” from a “gypsy” but wish to dance proficiently at the Netherfield Ball on June 22? Help is on the way. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to practice your dance skills. Luellen Bassano will teach us some basic dances assisted by experienced English Country dancers who will demonstrate the movements and facilitate your dancing experience. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Soft soled shoes will be most comfortable for the dance workshop.
The cost of the program is $25/person for members and guests which includes lunch. Click here for the registration form. There will be no on-site registration for this event.