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April 14, 2014

Northwest NWSA 2014 Conference + TeachOUT + OUT/LOUD

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is pleased to announce the 2014 northwest regional meeting of the NWSA national conference, May 16th – 17th. This is the fifth annual forum on gender and sexual orientation minority issues in education and is combined this year with TeachOUT and OUT/LOUD.

NW NWSA Conference Homepage

Conference Registration – UO Ticket Office

Conference Overview

The Northwest National Women’s Studies Association leads the region in women’s studies in educational and social transformation.  The region is comprised of women’s and gender studies departments and women’s centers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Our annual conference regularly draws faculty, staff and students from around the region showcasing the latest feminist scholarship.

The 2014 conference offers networking and professional development opportunities for women’s and gender studies and women’s center administrators, as well as opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to present their work. The conference will feature concurrent breakout sessions, lunch roundtable, and an artist showcase to preview musicians, spoken word artists, and comedians.

Conference Details

NW NWSA’s 2014 conference theme, Gender and Sexual Orientation in the Classroom, endeavors to examine the ways that feminist scholarship is transgressing the bounds of public/private, gender conformity and sexuality. Feminist scholars, educators and activist can provide important insights and refreshing perspectives imagining a feminist future in the classroom. Through engaged feminist scholarship and queer theory, we will explore the ways in which gender and sexual orientation are discussed and enacted in the classroom and how they are made visible or invisible through instruction, embodiment, and performance. Utilizing an interdisciplinary lens, workshops will interrogate how gender is performed, applied, used a method of transgression, a mode of inquiry and/or how it is used to disrupt heteronormativity. By engaging the arts through intersectional feminist scholarship, we explore comedy, poetry, music and games as places of conformity and resistance. (Summary from UO ticket office.)


  • Engaging creative methodologies
  • Gender and performance
  • Raising gender and sexuality in K-12

Supporting Departments & Organizations

Presented by

University of Oregon Dept of Education Studies and the ASUO Women’s Center

Sponsored by

  • University of Oregon Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • University of Oregon Education Studies, College of Education
  • Northwest National Women’s Studies Association
  • ASUO Women’s Center
  • Lane County Tourism
  • Springfield School District
  • Bethel School District
  • 4-J School District


April 1, 2014

Farewell and good luck Monica Guy!

Congratulations and best wishes to Monica Guy, who has just started a position as the office manger in the Department of Philosophy! Monica served as the WGS budget and office manager for 7 years and is sad to leave, but excited for new adventures. Please join the Department of WGS in wishing her the best of luck in her new endeavor. Don’t worry, she hasn’t gone far–she’s just across the lawn in Susan Campbell!

While we search for a new office manager, the WGS office will be running on semi-reduced hours, effective immediately. We will open the following hours (also posted on Facebook and our door):

M, W, R, F: 10 am – 2pm and 3 pm – 4pm
Tuesdays: 11 am – 4 pm

Monica will be back and forth in the afternoons to aid in the transition and training of the new manager. If you need to stop by the office, it’s best to do so in the middle of the day–between 10 and 2 (lunch hour included). You can also email us at

Happy Spring term everyone!

(And no this isn’t an April Fools joke! )

Edited April 7th for hours change on Tuesday.

March 21, 2014

Commencement 2013-2014

Who: Graduating students in WGS and QST, friends and family, WGS faculty and staff

What: Conferral of degrees and commencement reception

Where: Global Scholars Hall Great Room

When: Monday June 16 2014, 3:00 pm

Watch this post for more information!

February 26, 2014

Selected Photos from the CSWS 40th Anniversary

Favorite photos from the CSWS 40th anniversary.

February 21, 2014

March 6 – Hope, Suffering and the Play of Possible Selves: A Narrative Perspective on the Good Life

Poster advertising Cheryl Mattingly lectureThe Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, English and Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Narrative, Health and Social Justice RIG of CSWS  are pleased to present a public lecture by Dr. Cheryl Mattingly, Professor of Anthropology in the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Southern California.

WHAT: Public lecture and discussion, followed by a reception with light refreshments

WHERE: Gerlinger Lounge, Gerlinger Hall

WHEN: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

ABOUT: Dr. Mattingly’s talk will draw on a fifteen-year research study with African-American families in Los Angeles. This study explores the experiences of parents of children with chronic illness, and formed the basis of her award-winning book, The Paradox of Hope: Journeys Through a Clinical Borderland. The talk will highlight the story of one mother whose child was diagnosed with brain cancer early in life. Dr. Mattingly uses this story to show how parents struggle to revision hope as a moral practice, even in the context of disease and racial disparities in clinical practice.

February 17, 2014

March 5 – Being a Gender: the Transgender Child and Changes in the Self

Poster for Tey Meadow lectureThe Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies are pleased to present a public lecture by Dr. Tey Meadow, a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton and soon-to-be Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard (July 2014).

WHAT: A lecture by Dr. Tey Meadow, Cotsen postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and upcoming Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard, July 2014

WHERE: Lillis 175

WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

ABOUT: Something about gender is changing. In this talk, Dr. Meadow examines the emergence of a new identity category, the transgender child, and the first generation of parents who actively support and empower extreme gender nonconformity in their children. While some see this as evidence that our social boundaries around gender difference are loosening, Dr. Meadow argues that these shifting boundaries are simultaneously becoming more intricately articulated and more deeply tied to and embedded within social institutions.

February 15, 2014

A Colonial Compromise: Professor Elizabeth Reis on fixed gender identities in colonial Virginia

Professor Elizabeth Reis recently was interviewed on BackStory with the American History Guys, “a public radio show that explores contemporary issues and themes through a historical lens.” Professor Reis discusses a 1629 trial that raised troubling questions about fixed gender identities in colonial Virginia.

Hear her interview here!


February 11, 2014

Accepting applications for WGS 101 facilitators

WGS is now accepting applications for the position of facilitator in the Spring 2014 WGS 101 discussion sections. The application can be found here. Initial review of applications will begin February 21st.

Facilitators will be responsible for leading discussion in their respective sessions, attending the lecture for their section, and working with the instructor to structure discussion topics.

Serving as a facilitator gives 6 credits total, which fulfill WGS upper division requirements. Interested students will also need to enroll concurrently in WGS 413, Feminist Pedagogy, in addition to attending lecture and discussion section.

Please submit applications to the WGS main office, HEN 315, or email them to Questions may be directed to either the main office at 541-346-5529 or Prof. Judith Raiskin.

February 10, 2014

Event: The Racial Sexual View from Here

Poster advertising "The Racial Sexual View from Here", Feb. 17, 2 pm at the Knight Library browsing room.

WHAT: A lecture by queer Chicano writer and educator Ricardo Bracho

WHEN: Monday, February 17, 2:00-3:30 PM

WHERE: Browsing Room, Knight Library, on the UO Campus.

ABOUT: Ricardo A. Bracho is a writer and educator who has worked in theater, independent film and video, the academy and community organizing for over 20 years.

Sponsored by the Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Dept. of Ethnic Studies, the UO Multicultural Center, the Department of Theater Arts, the Dept. of English, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Education & Support Services, and the journal Comparative Literature. Contact: Professor Ernesto Martínez,

December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays!

The WGS office will be closed for the holiday from December 23 – January 1. We will return on January 2.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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