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106 - Playing Cards with Jane Austen: An Evening of Whist and Speculation
Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Valerie Hotchkiss
USN - Room 3250 (Payne Library Class)
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Ready to hoot and holler? Ready to experience how the game of Speculation offers insight to both fictional and real personality styles? Not only will you actually try your hand at Whist and Speculation but you will also learn what really went on during those card games and why card playing was a dominant pastime in Jane Austen's novels. Indeed, card games are not as innocent or simple as they might seem. Led by University Librarian at Vanderbilt, VALERIE HOTCHKISS, this class will talk a bit about card games in history and literature as well as discussing the world-class gaming collection at Vanderbilt (and why it makes perfect sense for it to be housed at Vanderbilt). Prizes will be awarded for those with the most chips at the end of the night. To our player holding the most chips goes a special Grand Prize: Lunch with University Librarian Valerie Hotchkiss in the Vanderbilt Library Special Collections. Come join in the fun and learn why cards were a favorite hobby of King Charles II, Jane Austen, and George Washington.

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