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The English UAB

Founded in 1993, the English Undergraduate Advisory Board (or UAB) is a small group of dedicated students who assist the Undergraduate Chair with Departmental Events and policy questions regarding the Undergraduate Program.  It also administers the English Department Teaching Award, now in its second decade, and an advising prize since 2008.  The UAB provides community and event programming for undergraduate English majors and minors and serves as the voice for undergraduates to the department.

Basically, we have tons of fun.  We've hosted distinguished scholars and writers, including Monty Python's Terry Jones and New York Times Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman, as well as Michael McKeon and playwright Moises Kaufman. We've had events like "Austen 'til it Hurts"; "Spookeasy"; a marathon reading of "A Christmas Carol"; a Valentines' Day bash, MAJOR LOVE; and even a faculty-student play that was an abridged version of the complete works of Shakespeare.  Each year, the UAB also awards students and professors with awards and recognitions at the end-of-the-year banquet for the department, a celebration that also serves as induction to Penn's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honors society.

(Among) The Things We Do:

Literary Outings

We sponsor trips to the Free Library (which ironically doesn't always run free events) and to academic talks held at Penn.

Faculty-Student Teas

We have informal teas with your favorite professors. Among the professors we hosted recently are Jennifer Ponce de Leon, David Kazanjian, Herman Beavers, Anne Hall, Peter Decherney, Paul Saint-Amour, Rita Barnard, and Tsitsi Jaji.


Career nights, readings, departmental plays, and more! Have a suggestion? Stop by one of our meetings. You do not have to be an English major to join, only interested in Englishy things (as that is what we -- you? -- do). 

For more information, email co-chairs, Adelaide Gorelick and Spencer Solomon.  Or just come to one of our events!


Winter Reading Project

The Winter Reading Project 2018-2019 will be reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan! Jennifer Egan is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author and the English Department's Artist-in-Residence. Manhattan Beach, published last fall and a New York Times bestseller, has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Free copies of Mahattan Beach can be picked up during our study break on Monday, December 10, 2018, or in the main English office (room 127) while copies are still available. 

The Winter Reading Project will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Heyer Sky Lounge in Harrison College House. This year's Project will be co-sponsored by the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives, as part of the 2018-2019 “Year of Why.” This is a free event open to all members of the Penn Community. Please RSVP in advance to and bring your PennCard or photo ID to present at the entrance to Harrison College House. 


Previous Winter Reading Project Books: