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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Yaffe

The scientific method

Over the past three years, the indefatigable Jane Austen & Co. has convened four smart and provocative online lecture series about Austen’s life and times, including ground-breaking examinations of race in the Regency.

Their newest series, “Everyday Science in the Regency,” kicks off next Tuesday evening, with a talk by Chawton House chief executive Katie Childs on the role of women in horticulture and botany, the subject of a 2022 Chawton House exhibit.

Later this month, a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill astrophysicist will lecture on how developments in astronomy affected daily life in the England of Austen’s time. Future talks look to be focused on fashion design and medical care.

The talks are streamed on YouTube, with recordings made available later on the Jane Austen & Co. website. Although signup is required to watch the livestream, tickets are pay-as-you-wish—one of the best deals in the Austenverse.


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