The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)
Founded 1995



2018 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public


— 2018 ---

Saturday, March 3

“Reading Jane Austen Through the Lens of the Law:  Legal issues in Austen's Life and Works ”
Presenter:  Karen Hornig, Lawyer and JASNA-KC Member

1:00-3:00 P.M.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Leah Wilson


Saturday, April 21

“Jane Austen:  The Awakening of a Media Tycoon”
Presenter:  Karen Kelleher Bacon, Documentary Producer and Writer

12:00-1:00 P.M.  Members Only Lunch with Karen

1:00-2:00 P.M.  Karen’s Presentation and Q&A

2:00-4:30 P.M.  Screening of Persuasion with Amanda Root, a film on which Karen worked

Truman Forum at the Plaza Library
Contact:  Leah Wilson


Saturday, June 9

Boxhill Picnic

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Home of Gaye Stevick
Contact:  Gaye Stevick


Saturday, August 11

Annual Planning Meeting and Election

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Becky Malomo


September 28-30

Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting
“Persuasion:  200 Years of Constancy and Hope”

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center 


Saturday, December 1

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

"Women's Rights in Georgian England"
Presenter: Sheryl Craig

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Cathy Blake

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Reading Austen through the Lens of the Law:
Legal Issues in Austen’s Life and Works

presented by


Karen Hornig  

Karen Stakem Hornig
JASNA-KC Member and Lawyer 

Austen's work is interwoven with legal issues of her time, especially issues involving inheritance, property ownership, and marriage.  This presentation underscores Austen’s sophisticated knowledge of the law of Regency England and explains its  impact on Austen’s characters. 

About Karen Hornig

Karen Stakem Hornig was appointed Executive Director of the NIPR in 2014 by the NAIC Board of Directors.  Hornig has served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Maryland beginning in 2008, where she assisted in the development of the agency’s legislative package, managed the operations of the Maryland Insurance Administration, and oversaw the producer licensing area and the implementation of State Based Systems (SBS) in Maryland. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Baltimore Police Department. Hornig received her B.A. in History from the Notre Dame University of Maryland and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.

 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Crestwood Condominiums

5401 Brookside Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64112

 A Member Only Event

Registration is now open. Please click here.

Save the Date 

Karen Kelleher Bacon

Film Producer, Writer, and Director
Developed with A&E 1995 Pride and Prejudice and 1996 Emma 

Jane Austen:  The Awakening of a Media Tycoon 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Plaza Library Truman Forum

 Members Only Lunch at Andre’s 11:30 A.M.

Lecture 1:00-2:00 P.M. Open to the Public

Screening of 1995 Persuasion 2:00-4:30 P.M. Open to the Public