Archive for the ‘Lectures’ Category

June 18th, 2014
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“¡Santa!: Afro-Diasporic Ways of Being and Knowing,” with Ana-Maurine Lara

November 21, 2014
4:00 pmto5:30 pm
Ana-Maurine Lara

Ana-Maurine Lara

204 Condon Hall
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

CLLAS Visiting Scholar Ana-Maurine Lara to deliver lecture about her research

Ana-Maurine Lara is the first ever Visiting Scholar with the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. She recently completed her PhD in African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. Her first academic book (in-progress) is titled Bodies and Souls: Sexual Terror in God’s New World, and is based on her graduate research, which focused on LGBT political activism and the Catholic state in the Dominican Republic.

She is an award-winning novelist and poet. Her novels include Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press 2006) and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones 2011); her short stories and poems have been featured in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. Her published scholarship engages topics on Afro-Latin@ and Afro-Diasporic queer identities and aesthetics.

sponsored by the Department of Anthropology

May 20th, 2014
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Marie A. Vitulli named 2014 AWM-MAA Falconer Lecturer

Marie A. Vitulli

Marie A. Vitulli

University of Oregon professor emerita of mathematics and CSWS faculty affiliate Marie A. Vitulli will deliver the 2014 AWM-MAA Falconer Lecture at MathFest 2014 during August 6 – 9 in Portland, OR.

May 19, 2014—The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) are pleased to announce that Marie A. Vitulli will deliver the Etta Z. Falconer Lecture at MathFest 2014. Dr. Vitulli is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at the University of Oregon. Vitulli earned her B.A in Mathematics from the University of Rochester, and her M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completing the Ph.D. degree Vitulli joined the faculty at the University of Oregon and remained there for her entire academic career.

Vitulli has made original and important contributions to commutative algebra and its interactions with algebraic geometry, has published numerous research articles and book chapters and has lectured on her work throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. After her early work in deformation theory Vitulli turned her attention to the study of seminormality and weak normality for commutative rings and algebraic varieties. In a series of papers with her colleague John V. Leahy, she developed fundamental properties of seminormality and made connections to the theory of weakly normal complex analytic spaces. More recently Vitulli discovered an elegant new element-wise criterion for weak subintegrality. Along with her colleague D.K. Harrison, she developed a unified valuation theory for rings with zero divisors that generalized both Krull and Archimedean valuations.

Over her long career Vitulli has worked tirelessly for the advancement of women in mathematics. While at the University of Oregon, she was involved in the creation and administration of a scholarship program for undergraduate women in mathematics and the physical sciences. Vitulli was a founding member of a senior women’s faculty group that advised the University of Oregon administration on issues of concern to women faculty. She created and maintains the award-winning website Women in Math Web Project. Summaries of studies, conducted with Mary E. Flahive of first jobs for new Ph.D.s in mathematics with an eye towards gender differences, appeared in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society in 1997 and 2010.

March 4th, 2014
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Nancy Tuana: “Coming to Understand Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance”

March 4, 2015
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

Tuana,-PublicLecture,-Poster,-final115 Lawrence Hall
1190 Franklin Blvd.
UO campus

A Public Lecture by Nancy Tuana

Nancy Tuana is the DuPont–Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Director, Rock Ethics Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

This event is sponsored by the UO Department of Philosophy with support from the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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February 24th, 2014
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Margaret Jacobs, “Remembering the Forgotten Child: the Indigenous Welfare Crisis of the 1960s-1970s”

February 24, 2015
3:00 pmto5:00 pm
Margaret Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs

Knight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.

Margaret Jacobs, Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, will present a public lecture at the University of Oregon on Tuesday, February 24, from 3-5 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. It will be titled: “Remembering the Forgotten Child: the Indigenous Welfare Crisis of the 1960s-1970s.”

Professor Jacobs studies the history of the American West in a transnational and comparative context with a focus on women and gender as well as children and family. Through comparisons with Australia and Canada, she conceptualizes the American West as a site of settler colonialism and examines the complex historical processes and interactions that develop from this enterprise.

February 23rd, 2014
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Official and Other Truths: Memories of Dictatorship in the Wake of Brazil’s National Truth Commission

February 23, 2015
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

Gerlinger Hall
Alumni Lounge
1468 University St.

AtencioRRebecca Atencio, assistant professor of Spanish & Portuguese in the Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies at Tulane University, will give a public lecture titled “Official and Other Truths: Memories of Dictatorship in the Wake of Brazil’s National Truth Commission.” Professor Atencio is the author of Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil.

Professor Atencio will also offer a faculty workshop titled “Researching Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges, Resources, and Strategies” on February 24, 2015, from 12pm to 1:30 pm. in the EMU Metolius Room.

September 27th, 2013
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“The Right to Culture as a Human Right: Noise, Gender Violence, and the Cultural Defense”—Alison Dundes Renteln

January 29, 2014
3:30 pmto5:30 pm

renteln_posterBen Linder Room
Erb Memorial Union
1222 E. 13th Ave.

Presented by Alison Dundes Renteln, Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Law, and Public Policy, University of Southern California

Immigrants often have to give up their customs to conform to the standards of their new society. But should newcomers to the U.S. be expected to discard their traditions, even though the right to culture is a basic human right? What are reasonable limits on the right to culture?

September 23rd, 2013
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“Degrees of Freedom: Intimacy, Slavery, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Latin America” with Professor Michelle McKinley

January 27, 2014
5:00 pmto6:00 pm

Lewis Lounge, Knight Law Center
1515 Agate St.
UO campus

The University of Oregon School of Law presents the Bernard B. Kliks Professorship lecture:

“Degrees of Freedom: Intimacy, Slavery, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Latin America,” with Professor Michelle McKinley

Michelle-McKinleyHow could enslaved women assert legal claims to personhood, wages, and virtue, when the law regarded them as mere property? Under what conditions did the civil law of slavery create opportunities for slaves to demand liberty and justice in a judicial forum? This talk will focus on enslaved women as legal actors within the landscape of Hispanic urban slavery: women who were socially disfavored, economically active and extremely litigious. A retrospective look at their freedom suits tells us how enslaved litigants strategically exploited the rhetorical power of liberty through recourse to the law, although their lived realities were decidedly unfree and unequal.

Professor Michelle McKinley is the Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law and a member of the CSWS Advisory Board.