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The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.

Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
  • Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
  • Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.

Dr. Juana María Rodríguez delivers second of two 2017 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture(s) in Lesbian Studies

2017 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies — Part 2!

Please join us for the second of two very special lectures!

Title: Feeling Photography, Visualizing Testimony, Imagining Alterity Speaker: Dr. Juana María Rodríguez Date: January 27, 2017, 11:00 – 12:30 pm Location: Crater Lake South Room, EMU

Description: What does “seeing” tell us about the subjective experiences of those whose life stories we are invested in knowing? And how does the visual presence of the speaking subject of auto/biography complicate narratives of their lives? Rodríguez probes the ways

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Keywords for Video Game Studies: Nature

Please join us for the second in a series of lectures:

Keywords for Video Game Studies

Speaker series

Second lecture: Nature

Date: February 22, 2017 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm Location: EMU 023, Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, University of Oregon

WINTER 2017: NATURE

“The Problem of Modeling (and Rendering) Trees” with Alenda Chang

Can you commune with nature in a video game? The rise of so-called “walking simulator” games suggests that you can, even as games remain undertheorized as environmental systems. Ranging from first-person walkers, to plant modeling software and asset

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Faculty in the news: Kemi Balogun on beauty diplomacy in Nigeria

Professor Kemi Balogun’s current book project examines how women’s bodies symbolically represent Nigeria’s aesthetic center  and signal the country’s economic potential within the region.

Read the full article here. (OCR-optimized PDF)