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Friday Seminar
Emily Gowen, Boston University and 2020-2021 MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow
Mar 11, 2022 at - | Zoom

Emily Gowen

As we ease into hybrid events, we are limiting in-person attendance at seminars to current MCEAS fellows and Penn students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to when we can safely gather in greater numbers, and will continue to keep you updated.

Emily Gowen is a PhD candidate in English and was the founding director of development for Freedom Summer Collegiate, a college-access program that trains PhD students to teach summer enrichment courses in the rural south. Her dissertation explores the relationship between the rise of the novel and the problem of social inequality in the 19th-century United States.


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington.