Programming languages papers are notoriously hard to read. But that doesn't stop us from trying! Often it can be even more overwhelming when around PhD students and professors who have been studying these topics for years. I started this group because I wanted to create an environment where undergraduates interested in programming languages could learn and ask questions without pressure or fear of judgment. The group meets weekly (over pizza of course) and has a fun time figuring out these tough papers together. If you're at IU, email me and I can make sure you get added to the mailing list.
We had lots of fun.