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Find out what invalids were advised to eat in Jane Austen’s time: Dr. Catherine Morley, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University and a JASNA member, will speak on “The Invalid’s Dietary in the Austen Era: Its Presence in the Present” at Dalhousie University on Friday, January 6, 2012, at 3:45 pm.  The talk is part of the English Department’s Speakers Series, and will be held in Room 1198, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS.

Chawton House Library Reading Room

Dr. Morley is currently researching the history of feeding practices in hospitals, and she spent a month in 2010 as a Visiting Fellow at Chawton House Library, where she studied cookery books from Austen’s time.  More information about her time in Chawton is available on her blog “Summer in Chawton.”  You can read her comments on what children ate in Austen’s time here.

We are delighted that Catherine moved to Nova Scotia from BC this year, so that we can welcome her as new member of JASNA Nova Scotia as well.  We’re looking forward to hearing about her research, and hope you can join us on January 6th.  Best wishes for a happy new year!

Edited to add the time of Catherine’s talk: 3:45 pm.  Thanks to the readers who reminded me.