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The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.

Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
  • Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
  • Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.

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The Hidden Circuits of Indigenous Computer Labor: A Photographic History of The Navajo Fairchild Ladies of Shiprock, New Mexico

Lisa Nakamura

Friday, June 9, 2017 4:00 – 5:30 PM PLC 180

Also see the PDF flyer here!

From 1965-1976 the Fairchild Semi-conductor Corporation employed almost a thousand Navajo women and men in a state of the art plant on a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico.  This paper uses previously unpublished photographic images from the archives of Henry Mahler, an industrial photographer who worked on site in Shiprock, to illustrate how women of color were incorporated into early discourses about gender in the digital industries.

Lisa Nakamura is the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate

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WGS Commencement – Date, Time and Location Announced!

The date, time and place for the WGS Commencement Ceremony were just announced.

Date: Sunday, June 18th, 2017 Time: 4:00 PM Pacific Time Place: Science Green (Deschutes Courtyard)

We will be contacting students regarding Commencement in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions please contact the main office.

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WGS Grad Certificate student Lacey Guest awarded CSWS Graduate Research Grant

Congratulations to WGS graduate certificate student Lacey Guest on receiving the CSWS Graduate Research Grant for 2017-2018! Her research project is entitled: “Magic and Power: Educating African-American College Students in the Science of Marriage, 1920s-1960s.”’

From the CSWS website:

The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon recently awarded more than $60,000 in student and faculty research grants to support research on women and gender during the 2017-18 Academic Year. The research being funded includes projects focused in Portland, Oregon, and all

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