Professor Martínez will give the keynote address at the 9th annual WGSS student research colloquium tomorrow, April 3 at Portland State University.
“On the Queer Practice and Racial Politics of Intelligibility”
How do queers of color develop reliable knowledge about their lives despite being subject to the ideological violence of racist and homophobic societies?
What importance do we attribute to the strategies queer people of color employ to resist such violence and to negotiate levels of intelligibility, and what are the implications of such interventions for social theory?
Professor Erica Rand is a courtesy research associate at the University of Oregon this year while on sabbatical from Bates College, Maine. In Fall 2014, she taught WGS 422: Queer/Trans Sports Studies.
Off campus, Professor Rand is an avid figure skater, and has found a new home rink at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Check out her story at the Register Guard.
Professor Rand has also written a book about her experiences and the intersection of this unique sport with gender studies, Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice.
The 2015 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies has been determined! Please join us for the latest installment in this biennial lecture series.
We have begun our search for WGS 101 discussion section facilitators for Spring 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 (Feminist Pedagogy, a separate class) which meets once a week on Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:50 pm.
The application consists of a few short answer questions and can be found under Forms and Applications or outside our main office door (white sheet in the bottom left of the literature holders). Please deliver it in person or by email to the main office (firstname.lastname@example.org, Hendricks 315) between the hours of 8-5, M-F.
The deadline is Thursday, February 5th at 5:00 pm. Instructors will review the applications and those selected to facilitate will be contacted by Tuesday, February 17th.
Depending on schedules, acceptance rates and volume of applications received, we may still accept more applications after the deadline. Watch our website or Facebook page for more information on this.
We look forward to working with you!
Professor Ellen Scott co-authors new University of Oregon report revealing Oregon’s growing economic crisis
On Thursday, researchers from the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) and Department of Sociology released The High Cost of Low Wages, a new report that details the economic reality for Oregon’s low-wage workers in the post-recession economy.
The report found that over 400,000 Oregonians – roughly 25 percent of the state’s entire workforce – are employed in low-wage work. Further, about one in 7 Oregon workers receive public assistance.
The report offers new data on the costs of public assistance low-wage workers in Oregon must rely on to make ends meet and how taxpayers are supporting a new form of corporate subsidy to the largest companies employing low-wage workers in the state. Each year, taxpayers spend over $1.7 billion to subsidize corporations’ reliance on a low-wage workforce. Large, profitable corporations in retail, fast food, and health care employ the largest share of low-wage workers using public assistance.
The report also recommends a set of policy solutions that stand to improve economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families while reducing corporate welfare and strengthening the state’s economy.
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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
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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.
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 nursingclio.org, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and medicine.