For first time AGM attendees
For first time AGM attendees
The Greater Louisville Region lost a major life line with the passing of member Jackie Johnson. She had been with us from the very beginning, organizing our programs before taking the roles of Region Librarian and assisting with the yearly Tea Room, with her husband Paul, at our annual Jane Austen Festival. But most importantly, Jackie was our call to arms. Upon the announcement of Greater Louisville hosting the 2015 JASNA AGM, Jackie spent the next four years making sure every member knew how important of an honor had been bestowed upon us. She was in the thick of it, making sure everything was going to be perfect. Unfortunately, Jackie became sick and passed away in December 2014. Before she left us, she spent her last moments going over Breakout Speaker applications and listening to good friends reading to her from her beloved Jane. It is with this devotion in mind that the Greater Louisville Region of JASNA will not only be dedicating our upcoming AGM to the memory of Jackie Johnson, "The Woman Who Knows A Lot" as Austen-scholar John Mullan dubbed her upon their formidable meeting, but we are also offering a scholarship to attend our AGM. 
The Jackie Johnson Scholarship is open to any member in good standing of JASNA who has never attended an AGM

The winner of this Scholarship will have their Registration and hotel cost covered for the AGM from Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, October 11. To enter, please submit a 3-5 page paper answering the following prompt no later than May 15th to 

The winner will be announced before registration for the 2015 AGM goes live (late May, 2015).

When looking for inspiration, the Scholarship Committee turned to Jackie's own words from her past lecture assignments and tying it all together with her three favorite Jane Austen novels. Good Luck!
Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park are considered to be “Austen’s Problem Novels”. These novels do not generally end up at the top of most Janeite's lists of favorites, and are the works in the Austen canon that literary critics have the most difficulty with as well. Examine Austen’s social commentary behind each story and discuss whether or not she came to any conclusions on the social issues and morals prevalent in her day. If so, are those same issues relevant today?
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