Professor of English/Director, Odyssey Project
Phone: (608) 262-3733; email: emily.auerbach@wisc.edu

Emily Auerbach is an award-winning English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves as Project Director of the UW Odyssey Project, a free, life-changing college humanities course for low-income adults. In addition, Emily Auerbach is co-host of University of the Air, a one-hour program broadcast statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio on Sundays from 4-5 PM featuring interviews with faculty in a variety of disciplines. She is the Project Director of the “Courage to Write” series of radio documentaries and written guides on women writers.

Emily Auerbach’s most recent book is entitled Searching for Jane Austen. International scholar and novelist Margaret Drabble calls the book “a witty, approachable introduction to Jane Austen for today's readers, using modern analytical techniques to reveal new aspects of a great writer" and observes, "Emily Auerbach's approach to Jane Austen is lively, engaging, and thoroughly modern. Like Austen, Auerbach wears her wide learning lightly and imparts a great deal of information in a most enjoyable manner.”

Emily reaches hundreds of thousands of nontraditional students through lectures and book discussions at public libraries, Elderhostels, prisons, retirement centers, schools, and service clubs as well as through courses taught through the mail and online. Over 4,000 people attended “Jane Austen in the 21st Century,” a 40-event festival she directed for the UW Center for the Humanities. This interdisciplinary festival was honored with the 2001 Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Emily has received numerous other teaching, broadcasting, arts, and humanitarian awards for her work, including the Robert Gard Wisconsin Idea Award, the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award, the Underkofler Distinguished Teaching Award, the Bartell Arts Award, and the Ohio State Broadcasting Award.

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