Jane Austen may not have visited the learned halls of Vassar College (founded in 1861), but we may now do so in her honor. Famous Vassar College alumni include such luminaries as Jean Webster (author of Daddy-Long-Legs and great-niece of Samuel Clemens), poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay, actresses Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Lisa Kudrow, and Anne Hathaway, as well as "Carney Sibley" of Maud Hart Lovelace's Carney's House Party.
While we won't be garnering daisy chains (one of Vassar's oldest traditions), we will be visiting Vassar's Taylor Hall Auditorium and its Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Our program will include:
- Program Chair Kathryn Shanks Libin, JASNA member and Associate Professor of Music at Vassar College;
- Susan Zlotnick, Professor of English and current Dean of Freshmen at Vassar College ("Jane Austen and the Gothic");
- Marilyn Francus, Professor of English at West Virginia University, JASNA's 2015 International Visitor and Chair of the International Visitor's Program ("Austen and Young Writers");
- Performances by the Vassar Women's Chorus conducted by Vassar's choir director, Christine Howlett. Selections will include the U.S. Premiere of "From the Three Prayers of Jane Austen" by Amanda Jacobs, co-author of the book, music and lyrics of "Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, A Musical". We will also hear an encore performance of the Eleanor Daley pieces written for, and performed at, JASNA's 2012 AGM;
- Guided tour of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center's "American Stories 1800-1950" exhibition which features key works of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries housed in the Art Center's vault. Among the artists included are John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, Sanford Gifford, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur B. Davies, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Ben Shahn.
You can read more about costs, travel, and more online at http://www.jasnany.org/pdf/Vassar%20Info.pdf and at the JASNA New York Metropolitan Region website at http://www.jasnany.org/.