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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.

October 9, 2014

WGS Back to School Party / Meet ‘n’ Greet

When? Friday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.

Where? On the Pioneer Mother lawn outside Hendricks Hall

Who? WGS students, faculty, staff, friends and affiliates, and faculty in other departments who would consider teaching a class on Gender and/or Queer Studies that we can cross-list.

Why? Let’s celebrate the 2014-15 academic year! Please join us for snacks, drinks, socializing, networking and etc. Meet your faculty outside of class, ask about their research, network with colleagues and peers, ask questions about the major/graduate certificate program if you’re thinking of declaring, or just come out, have a good time and enjoy the late summer/early Fall in Oregon.

We hope to see you there for the last bit of good weather before we take a turn for rain next week!

April 25, 2014

Women in War: The Case of El Salvador

Please join us and our colleagues from the Center for the Study of Women in Society for this free public presentation on Women in War by Dr. Jocelyn Viterna of Harvard University! May 15 at 3:30 in Lawrence 166. See poster for additional details.

Full description after the page break.


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


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 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,

November 15, 2013

Fall 2013 Graduate Certificate Student Meet ‘n’ Greet

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is hosting a meet ‘n’ greet for all WGS faculty and students interested in or currently enrolled in the WGS graduate certificate program. Refreshments will be served! See the flyer for more info.

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