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The English UAB

The English Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) is a group of dedicated students who take charge of initiatives and events designed to foster a sense of community in the Undergraduate Program of the Department of English. The UAB serves as the voice for undergraduates to the department.


The UAB has two headlining activities: The Winter Social, a themed reception held early in the spring to celebrate the Penn English community; the UAB chooses a theme and decide on any desired swag and refreshments. In some years, the UAB also selects a text to be read over break and informally discussed at the reception; and Teaching and Advising Prizes, for which the UAB facilitates the selection of faculty for two major awards and announces them at the department’s end-of-year reception. 


And the English UAB does much, much more! Over the years, this lively board has hosted distinguished writers and scholars, including Monty Python’s Terry Jones and bestselling authors Susan Jane Gilman and (Penn English Alum!) Jennifer Egan; run marathon readings like “Austen ‘til it Hurts” and a faculty-student play – an extremely abridged version of Shakespeare’s complete works. Recently, the UAB has presided over a number of gatherings – festive and ruminative – to bring students together and launched a newsletter to feature stellar courses and students.


The English Undergraduate Advisory Board welcomes new members! Membership is open to students not majoring or minoring in English – you only need to be interested in Englishy things. Please contact the 2021-2022 co-chairs, Anna Collins ( and Claire Medina (



Previous UAB Events and Reading Projects