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Keep Calm & Read Jane Austen

Presented by Historian Kathy Wilson

About this event

Her contemporaries paid scant attention to her; Victorians found her passionless and parochial. Yet in the 21st Century, an age where seemingly “anything goes,” the reserve and restraint, modesty and manners of Austen’s characters continue to appeal to many readers. This program looks at her world in an attempt to learn more about Jane Austen and understand not only what influenced her writing, but also why they still love her books 200 years later.



Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A.

A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences. Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is a former PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American cultural history.


A Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to all participants 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Upcoming Dates

No future dates are known at this time.

Past Dates

  • Monday, June 21, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 pm