It's been a busy few days at JASP HQ. Here's a quick look at what's doing -- and a few links of note:
Our early-bird discount registration period has ended, and general registration is now available. Full registration is $465; admission for K-12 students, K-12 teachers and community college educators is $250 (CEU credits are available). Note: JASP has sold out the past few years, so snag your seat before it's too late.
Scholarships for K-12 teachers
If you're a K-12 teacher in North Carolina, watch this space for information on how to apply for our teacher scholarships. Since its inception, JASP has awarded 28 teachers — representing 19 counties across the state — free admission and more than 20 other teachers discounted admission. Read more about past scholars here.
Don't forget about workshops!
On our registration site, you can also sign up for our sewing and creative writing workshops (you must be registered for JASP to attend). We are offering two sessions of each workshop at varying times. (Here's our tentative schedule.) These workshops require an additional fee, are limited in size and require advance reservations.
The block of rooms at the Hampton Inn has sold out (already!), but there are still rooms available at the hotel. Our conference venue is centrally located in Carrboro, a short walk from a number of restaurants and shops.
Jane Austen & Co. webinars
Our Jane Austen & Co. series of free -- repeat: FREE -- webinars is in full swing. This season centers on "Asia & the Regency," and the next event is Feb 11. "Jane Austen and India, Jane Austen in India" will explore Austen's own connections to India as well as the resonances of Austen's influence on 19th-century writer Kashibai Kanitkar. If you want to catch up on other webinars in this or past series, check out our YouTube page.
From the blog
In other Austen and Shakespeare news
-- "Pride and Prejudice" turned 209 years old last week! Jane Austen's House celebrated by asking Jane Austen societies around the world to read the opening lines of the beloved novel. -- Speaking of "Pride and Prejudice," this retelling just won a fantasy award. -- Here's a few Bollywood Austen adaptations, plus a few other films and series featuring actors of color. -- Here's a deep dive into the psychology of "Persuasion." -- A new film adaptation of "Macbeth" is available to rent on various streaming platforms. The gripping film stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the ambitious power couple. This review of "The Tragedy of Macbeth" calls it "a starkly modern take."
-- This conference explored Shakespeare's relevance today.