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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 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:

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 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, visit our Facebook page, or email the chair, Rivky Mondal, or the assistant chair, Zaneta Cheng.  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:

 

January 2015

ALAN MOORE and KEVIN O'NEILL

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

Thursday, January 22nd

5:00 pm Panel Discussion

Harrison College House Heyer Sky (Rooftop) Lounge.

 

January 2012

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English and the College presents an evening of

Toni Morrison

A Mercy

Thursday, January 19th

6:00  Panel Discussion:  Professors Herman Beavers, Thadious Davis, Salamishah Tillet, Tsitsi Jaji and Julius Fleming Jr.

Harrison College House Heyer Sky Lounge

 

January 2011

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English and the College presents an evening of

MILAN KUNDERA

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

Thursday, January 27th

6:00  Panel Discussion:  Professors Fabio Finotti, Paul Guyer, Jean-Michel Rabate and Julia Verkholantsev.  Moderated by Peter Steiner

Kelly Writers House

Film Screening

Tuesday, February 1st

6:00

401 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Introduced by Professor Peter Steiner

 

January 2010

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English and the College presents an evening of

JUNOT DIAZ

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO

Friday, January 22nd

3:00  Panel Discussion:  Professors Roman De La Campa, Tsitsi jaji, Suvir Kaul and Yolanda Padilla

Kelly Writers House

 

January 2009

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English, Cinema Studies Program, Harrison College House and the College presents an evening of

IAN MCEWAN’S

SATURDAY

Thursday, January 15th

4:30  Panel Discussion:   Professors Rita Barnard, Jed Esty, Amy Kaplan, and Ania Loomba

Film Presentation of ATONEMENT introduced byProfessor Karen Beckman

Dinner

Harrison College House, Rooftop Lounge

 

January 2008

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English, Cinema Studies Program and the College presents an evening of

VLADIMIR NABOKOV’S

LOLITA

Thursday, January 17th

4:30 Panel Discussion:  Professors Jean-Michel Rabate, Kevin Platt, Simon Richter, and Laura Heffernan

6:00 Dinner

6:30 Screening of the Kubrick film LOLITA

(introduced by Professor Peter Decherney)

Harrison House, Rooftop Lounge

 

January 2007

The Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Department of English presents an evening of

TRUMAN CAPOTE’S

IN COLD BLOOD

5:00 pm Wednesday, January 10th
Heyer Sky Lounge, Harrison House