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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.

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 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!

September 2, 2014

Book release: The Truly Diverse Faculty, co-edited by Ernesto J. Martínez

WGS Professor Ernesto Martínez has co-edited, with Stephanie Fryberg, a groundbreaking new volume of essays on diversity in American higher education. For a summary and additional information, see: The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues on Diversity in American Higher Education (Palgrave, October 2014)

Buy from the link above or from Amazon.

Advanced praise:

“All university administrators, professors, and educators should read this book! A vital part of creating a “truly diversity faculty” is engaging in difficult dialogues with individuals who—because of race, gender or socioeconomic status—may experience the university differently than those in the mainstream. The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education provides engaging and novel perspectives for doing this significant work.” — Hazel Rose Markus, Stanford University

“This unique collaboration-—across both ends of the university hierarchy-—provides critical insights for all those seeking to diversify their college faculty. Finally, here is a frank and open discussion about the challenges. Every administrator and member of a search or tenure committee should read this book.” — Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate School

“This is a superb book, one that will have a major impact on professors and university administrators. The idea behind it — to organize a dialogue between senior administrators and faculty (of color) and junior scholars of color — is a powerful one. What is especially effective is the way the book combines a review of the relevant scholarship with an analysis of subjective experience. It is this combination that makes the practical proposals of the book compelling. And it is the dialogic structure of the book that makes it fun to read, hearing voices that are rarely heard together building on one another’s cadences and meanings. I am frankly quite moved by the experience of reading this book cover to cover and am thinking about how much we can all learn from it.” — Satya Mohanty, Cornell University

July 24, 2014

Professor Judith Raiskin teaches in Siena, Italy, Fall 2015

Study in Siena, Italy – Fall 2015 with WGS Professor Judith Raiskin

WGS Professor Raiskin will teach two courses on the Fall 2015 program in Siena: Italy and the Art of Travel Writing and Imagining Italy through Film. Through these courses, students will travel in the footsteps of major writers and filmmakers who have imagined Italy, study various representations of Italian places and people, and learn how to write their own travel essays. Additional course options include Art History, Food & Culture, Journalism, Italian language at levels 100-300, Italian literature, and Cross-Cultural Communications. All the courses fulfill various University group-satisfying requirements and Professor Raiskin’s courses will also count for the WGS major/minor if students’ research projects focus on gender or women. Service learning options are also available: Teaching ESL in a kindergarten or elementary school, assisting in a pottery arts program for the diabled, volunteering at a retirement home, or working with a rescue and social services organization. For full details on class offerings and to apply, visit the UO Study Abroad website, or contact Professor Raiskin for more information. It would be wonderful to have some WGS students on the trip!
June 25, 2014

Professor Elizabeth Reis comments on “The Transgender Tipping Point”

Time magazine recently ran an article on transgender people and topics, featuring Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black fame. Professor Elizabeth Reis of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies was also interviewed and contributed several points to the article. Check it out here or look for the June 9, 2014 issue of Time.

May 8, 2014

Summer classes update!

Hello students! We have added a new class to our offerings for this summer. WGS 341: Women, Work and Class will be taught in the second session, July 20 – August 15. This brings our total offerings to 4 classes, all upper division and great way to get requirements finished outside the normal school year. Please see the Summer 2014 flyer for additional information, or check the class schedule.

See you in class!

May 6, 2014

Summer class registration is on now!

Hello students! Need some extra credits to finish up your 2013 degree? Want to get a jump on next year? Living in Eugene for the summer and not sure what to do with yourself?

Consider taking summer classes! Summer classes are generally smaller, tuition & fees are cheaper, and the class durations are shorter. This summer, we have two classes running for the first session (4 weeks, June 23 – July 20) and one class for the second session, July 21 – August 15. The titles are: WGS 321 – Feminist perspectives: race, identity culture; WGS 407 – Girls on the road; and WGS 407 – Asian American Gender/Sexuality in popular culture. Please see this PDF for the class details. Even if you take all the classes, you still have a month and a half after classes end for summer break! Plenty of time for a part-time job, visit home or vacation.

WGS 321 will be offered and is required for the major. The other two classes are not required, but do fulfill upper division requirements.

For more information on summer session, please see the UO Summer website.

See you in class!


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