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December 12, 2014

WGS Fall 2014 Newsletter


Season’s greetings!

To keep news fresh and conserve paper, we have moved to a twice-annual e-newsletter (Fall and Spring)! Check out our Fall newsletter here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: a list of the year’s upcoming classes, faculty news, events, congratulations to scholarship winners and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of Spring copies to be distributed at graduation. They will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper newsletter via mail, please contact the main office and we will make sure you receive one.

2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

“Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience”

When: May 7 – 9, 2015

Where: University of Oregon and the Eugene Public Library

Keynote speaker: Diana Abu-Jaber

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

From the announcement on the CSWS website:

The fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Thursday May 7, 2015, through Saturday May 9, 2015. This theme opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

For additional information, please view the main announcement at

Health at Every Age: Determinants and Outcomes of Physical and Mental Health Throughout the Lifespan

When: April 10-12th, 2015

Where: University of Oregon

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

From the website:

The 12th annual Western Regional International Health Conference will be an opportunity for a diverse group of students, activists, academics, and leaders passionate about the advancement of global health and social justice to explore the determinants and challenges in fostering physical and mental health at every stage of life.

Health at every stage of life is intertwined at the biological, social, political, and ecological levels, though the realization of these relationships is often unnoticed. This conference will provide the opportunity to discuss, question, and critique these notions while new ideas are generated.

For additional information or to submit abstracts or proposals, please visit the 2015 Western Regional International Health Conference website.

December 5, 2014

“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”


When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:00 pm
Where: Browsing Room, Knight Library
Who: Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, geopolitics and historiography. Her first book, For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009), won the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. Her current book project, Lyrical Summonings: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia, grows out of her interest in the figurations of sexuality, ethics and collectivity in colonial British and Portuguese India.

Brand new class for Winter term: Gender, Race and Performance!

Hello students! We just rescheduled one of our brand new winter classes to a friendlier time than 8:30 am. It will now be at 10 am M/W and is taught by our new faculty member Lani Teves, who comes to us from Hawai’i and Michigan. The class focuses on different types of performance and how they impact gender, racial and sexual identities. Check out the attached flyer for more! Click here for the PDF version

Flyer for WGS 410

November 24, 2014

Elizabeth Reis cited by Time Magazine in article on intersex

Get the full article here.

November 11, 2014

Elizabeth Reis, Kari Norgaard participate in panel on the impact of herbicides on water and animal and human health


On October 24th Elizabeth Reis joined Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor of biology at University of California at Berkeley, on a panel considering the impact of herbicides on water, animal, and human health.

Named an “Emerging Explorer” by National Geographic and the subject of a recent long-form exposé in the New Yorker, Hayes studies the role of steroid hormones on amphibian development and has published over 39 peer reviewed articles on related research. Dr. Hayes’s findings regarding hermaphroditism in frogs as a result of exposure to the commonly-used herbicide Atrazine have created national attention both within academia and beyond. Because of the similarities between amphibian hormonal systems and our own, the work raises startling questions about environmental toxicity, gender, environmental justice, and community health concerns.

Reis’s presentation, “Nature in Doubt: Intersex in a Chemical Era,” focused on the implications of Hayes’s work in the field of gender studies. She explored the ways in which we can assess the human consequences of changes we produce in our environment, including changes to sexual development and gender expression, without resorting to problematic cultural notions of what is “normal”. Professor Kari Norgaard in the Sociology Department responded to the panelists and led a lively discussion about the notion and rhetoric of the “natural” in an environment exposed to hormone-altering herbicides.

November 6, 2014

Elizabeth Reis receives Fund for Faculty Excellence award

Elizabeth Reis, professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, is a 2014- 2015 Fund for Faculty Excellence awardee. The fund is designed to enhance the university’s commitment to improve its overall academic quality and reputation by supporting, recognizing, and retaining outstanding tenured faculty.

Reis is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and the editor of American Sexual Histories (Wiley- Blackwell: 2012). She is interested broadly in both the history and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, autonomy, sexuality, and religion. Reis serves on the Ethics Committee and the Ethics Consult Team at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Eugene, and is the Content Editor of, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and medicine.

October 20, 2014

Globalization, Gender and Development Conference

When: October 23-24, 2014

Where: University of Oregon and the Eugene Public Library

Keynote speaker: Diana Abu-Jaber

WGS is co-sponsoring this event.

Since the field of women and development (WID) emerged in the 1970s, feminist scholars, practitioners and activists have dramatically changed the face of international development – influencing not only the ways development is studied, but also the very ways it is defined. This conference will explore how globalization has had differential effects on men and women in the areas of economic opportunity, environmental justice, technology and media, and migration and how development strategies can advance the goals of equity and justice. 

WGS faculty will be presenting:

  • Yvonne Braun: Seeing through Water: Local Narratives of Gender, Environmental Change, and Development in Lesotho
  • Lynn Fujiwara: Gender, Migration and Care Work: Paid and Unpaid
  • Kristin Yarris: Between Love and Money: Grandmothers, Remittances, and the Moral Economies of Care in Nicaraguan Transnational Families

For more information: Globalization, Gender and Development

October 13, 2014

Facilitator applications for Winter 2015 now accepted!

Dear students,

We have begun our search for WGS 101 discussion section facilitators for Winter 2015. Facilitators can be undergrads or grads who have taken WGS 101, and serve to guide discussion and help students in one discussion section each. Facilitators register for 4 credits of WGS 409 or 609 (this is the part where you attend the lecture and 1 discussion section) and 2 credits of WGS 413/513 (Pedagogy) which meets once a week.

The application consists of a few short answer questions and can be found under Forms and Applications or outside our main office door (it’s white). Please deliver it in person or by email to the main office (, Hendricks 315) between the hours of 8-5, M-F.

The deadline is November 10th to give us all time to get this settled before Winter 2015 registration begins on November 17th. Depending on facilitator needs and applications received, we may still accept applications after the deadline.

We look forward to working with you!

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