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 adbridged 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:
We sponsor trips to the Free Library (which ironically doesn't always run free events) and to academic talks held at Penn.
We have informal teas with your favorite professors. Among the professors we hosted last year are David Kazanjian, Herman Beavers, Joseph Lavery, Anne Hall, Peter Decherney, Paul Saint-Amour, Rita Barnard, and Tsitsi Jaji. The next tea will be October 10th with Rita Copeland and Jean-Michel Rabate. See you there!
And... 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 the chair, JM Conway, or the assistant chair, Samantha DeStefano. Or, come to one of our events; details are below!
Winter Reading Project
Every year before winter break, we give you a FREE book. The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English, co-sponsors English Department, Cinema Studies and Fine Arts presents an evening of a panel discussion. This year's program will be posted soon.
Previous Winter Reading Project Books