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JASP News: Jewelry, Tea, Scholarships and More

Here's a roundup of the latest program updates plus some fun links:

Ampersand Pendant Necklace
Introducing the JASP Jewelry Shop

The Jane Austen Summer Program’s Jewelry Shop is now open! Our jewelry features a punctuation symbol used frequently by Jane Austen: the ampersand. And bonus: The symbol is prominent in the logo for Jane Austen & Co., our initiative offering free programming, including the current “Asia & the Regency” webinar series. We are selling an ampersand pendant necklace, a 3D ampersand necklace, ampersand cufflinks, and a replica of Jane Austen's bracelet. Click here to start shopping today!

Registration for JASP's Sunday tea is now open!

We have just opened up registration for our Sunday tea. There are 30 seats available for the event, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Carolina Inn. This is one of our most popular events and a great way to end the weekend. Visit the JASP registration page to sign up today; seats may go quickly. *Please note: You must be registered for JASP to sign up for the tea.

JASP'S teacher scholarships

At JASP, we are committed to celebrating the professionalism and love of literacy teachers demonstrate in the classroom. As a token of our appreciation, JASP offers scholarships open to current middle and high school teachers who are interested in incorporating Austen and Shakespeare in their curriculums. Scholarships cover tuition and materials, plus a welcome luncheon for teacher scholars and attendance to the tea. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. March 7, and the winners will be announced by April 1. Click here to learn more about our teacher scholarships or click here to apply directly!

Upcoming Jane Austen & Co. webinars

Jane Austen & Co.'s webinar series on "Asia & Regency" is in full swing. Tonight is Pride and Prejudice as Angels’ Ladder: Jane Austen in Takarazuka Musical Theater, in which Haruko Takakuwa will be discussing Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" on stage through the Japanese all-female troupe Takarazuka. On March 3, "A Walk through an Enchanted Regency Palace: Chinese Export Ware in the Royal Pavilion" will introduce us to the magnificent collections of the Prince Regent himself. On March 24, we will explore the tea practices from the Asian export trade to the tea habits in Regency England. Find more info here, and if you want to catch up on past webinars or series, check out our YouTube page.

Austen and Shakespeare news around the web

- Many people associate Jane Austen's novels with happy endings and lighthearted themes. An article titled "The Darker Side of Jane Austen" by CrimeReads analyzes the darker elements of Austen's novels for a one-of-a-kind interpretation.

- Learn how one actor is preparing to tackle two roles in director Michael Morgan's reimagined stage version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

- Check out this review on St. Louis Shakespeare's new production of "Romeo and Juliet."

- The New York Times reviews a new off-Broadway production of "Merchant of Venice."

- Here's how the 1990s animated "Gargoyles" series incorporated Shakespearean themes.

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