Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet, a new exhibit in the Audubon Room. This exhibit commemorates the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death by exploring the historical context in which her characters lived. Highlighting the considerable social and political change of the 1790s through the 1810s in Great Britain - including shifting norms in the ballroom, the Napoleonic Wars, and the fight to abolish the slave trade - this exhibit draws on the holdings of the Special Collections Library, the Clark Library, and the private collection of James Ravin to offer a deeper understanding of both Austen’s novels and the Georgian World.
Join us for the opening celebration next week on Thursday, November 30th, 4:00-6:00pm in the Hatcher Gallery. Light refreshments will be served at 4:00pm and curators Juli McLoone and Sigrid Cordell will begin their lecture at 4:30pm.
Additionally, please explore the upcoming events planned in association with this exhibit, listed below. If you would like to arrange a tour or related instruction session for a class, please contact Juli McLoone (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sigrid Anderson Cordell (email@example.com).
Jane Austen Bicentennial Events Calendar
Mapping Austen’s World: Movements and Journeys in the 19th Century
Friday, January 19, 2018
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At U-M Library
Exhibit Opening and Curators' Talk
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm in the Hatcher Gallery
Maps of Austen's England
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm in the Clark Library
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries/Exhibit Tour
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:00-7:00 in the Shapiro Screening Room
Exhibit Tours with the Curators
- Friday, December 15, 2017 at noon in the Audubon Room
- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:30pm in the Audubon Room
- Thursday, February 15, 2018 at noon in the Audubon Room
At Ann Arbor District Library:
Lights, Camera, Austen: The Screen Adaptations of Jane Austen
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm in the West Side Room at the Westgate Branch
An Introduction to English Country Dance
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1:00-3:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Downtown Library
Jane Austen Embroidery Lesson
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm in the Secret Lab at the Downtown Library
Jane Austen LIVE (Participatory Choose Your Own Adventure Game)
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00pm at LIVE, 102 S. First St.
Nicola’s Books Presents, Author Kathleen Flynn In Conversation with U-M Residential College Creative Writing Director Laura Thomas
The Jane Austen Project
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Downtown Library
At Nicola's Books
Jane Austen Book Club: Longbourn by Jo Baker
Moderator - Sarah Van Cleve, PhD Student in the University of Michigan English Language & Literature Department
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 7:00pm at Nicola’s Books
Jane Austen Book Club: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen / Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Moderators - Sigrid Cordell and Juli McLoone
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 at Nicola’s Books
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: This event was previously scheduled for Feb. 28, 2018, but has been moved to Feb. 21, 2018.