Open To Persuasion Mini Conference Full Line Up

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Open To Persuasion Mini Conference Full Line Up

Please contribute here at any level — whatever amount feels good to you! — to register for Open to Persuasion, our online mini-conference on Jane Austen's last-completed novel, scheduled for Saturday, August 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT and Sunday, August 14, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Join us live for all, or part, or none, as your schedule permits. We'll send out a recording of each session to every donor.

This event is a benefit for The Holy Theatre and features special guests Lakshmi Gandhi, David Fernandez, Jocelyn Harris, Tabrizia Jones, Wendy Jones, Sarah Rose Kearns, Michele Kling, Noreen Mughees, Janet Saidi, Damianne Scott, David Shapard, Bharat Tandon, and Lena Yasutake.

The full event program, with speaker bios, can be accessed here —

Your tax-deductible donation to The Holy Theatre will help to fund the workshop production of Persuasion, a new play by Sarah Rose Kearns, to be directed by Ran Xia at The Warwick Institute of Culture at the end of this summer.

The Holy Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our EIN is 88-0532740; our Board of Directors consists of Georgie Castilla, Jennyvi Dizon, Sarah Rose Kearns, Elise Pallay, Lisa Tagliaferri, Yoly Ward-Zululeta, and Lena Yasutake.

We're most heartily thankful to you for your continued kindness!

P.S. to the die-hard Janeites among us: here's the link to shop our exclusive Mrs. Croft-inspired tees; proceeds, of course, support the project —


SESSION ONE — Saturday, August 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT

Persuasion and the Drama of Consciousness

Keynote by Bharat Tandon, moderated by Michele Kling


SESSION TWO — Saturday, August 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT

Alteration and Perhaps Improvement: Four Artists on Adapting Persuasion

Panel discussion featuring David Fernandez, Sarah Rose Kearns, Noreen Mughees, and Damianne Scott, moderated by Janet Saidi


SESSION THREE — Saturday, August 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Loveliest Medium: Character and Characterization in Persuasion

Scholarly talks by Jocelyn Harris and Wendy Jones, moderated by Tabrizia Jones

Jocelyn Harris: "Who is Captain Wentworth?"

Wendy Jones: "Becoming Anne Elliot"


SESSION FOUR — Sunday, August 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT

Ask Me Anything (About Persuasion): In the Weeds with Resident Experts

Open discussion with David Shapard and Lena Yasutake, moderated by Lakshmi Gandhi

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