40th Anniversary

40th_logo_WEBCSWS 40th Anniversary Celebration

November 7–9, 2013
University of Oregon Erb Memorial Union
1222 E. 13th Ave.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 3-5pm – “Agents of Change” documentary

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 9am-5pm – “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” symposium; day-of-event registration desk opens 8:30am.
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30pm – “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin.” A LIMITED NUMBER OF DAY-OF-EVENT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE. Day-of-event ticketing desk opens 5:30pm, doors open for seating 6pm. Overflow seating will also be available in the EMU to watch the event streamed live.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 9am-4:30pm – “Worlds Beyond World” symposium; day-of-event registration desk opens 8:30am.
  • All events are located in the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom, University of Oregon.

In fall 2013, in collaboration with the ASUO Women’s Center and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society presents a three-day celebration of feminist research, activism, and creativity at the University of Oregon.

Registration: All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required (guestli.st/164928). Free ticketing for limited seating for the Ursula K. Le Guin keynote on Friday, November 8. Online preregistration now closed as of Nov. 7.

Event location: All events are in UO’s Erb Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted. Ballroom, Gumwood, Maple, and Oak rooms are located on the EMU second level (top of stairs from main entrance); the Fir room is located on the EMU main level (northeast corner). Note: in the event of large attendance (<120), Gumwood sessions will be moved to the Ballroom.

Accessibility: Close captioning provided for all events. Other accommodations can be requested in advance by calling (541) 346-5015.

Organization and Vendor Rooms: During the celebration, author book sales and table displays for non-profit organizations and agencies will be located in the EMU Maple and Oak rooms.

Related exhibitions: During the fall, images, documents, artwork, publications, and other historical materials related to four decades of feminist research, teaching, activism, and creativity will be on display in several locations, including the Knight Library, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Erb Memorial Union, and Eugene Airport. These exhibitions will highlight materials provided by the Knight Library Special Collections and University Archives, the permanent collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the ASUO Women’s Center, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Sponsors: Sally Miller Gearhart Fund, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, ASUO Women’s Center, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Center on Diversity and Community, Department of English, School of Journalism and Communication, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Romance Languages, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of International Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, and the Comparative Literature journal (American Comparative Literature Association).

FILM PREMIERE: “AGENTS OF CHANGE”– THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 3 – 6:30 PM

To inaugurate this three-day celebration, speakers and special presentations honor agents of change at the University of Oregon and their legacy of feminist research, teaching, and activism.

2-5 – Registration desk (Ballroom lobby)

2-3 – Organization and Vendor Room set-up (Maple/Oak)

3-5 – Opening celebration and “Agents of Change” documentary screening (Ballroom)

5-6:30 – Reception (Fir)

“Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” Symposium—Friday, November 8

Presentations in this symposium explore forty years of feminist research and activism through the themes of women’s rights, violence against women, women’s health, activism and policy, and education and employment. Instead of formal papers, however, presenters will share narratives, visual illustrations, and dialogue together to illuminate some of the local, cultural, and global issues at stake across the last four decades.

8:30-1 – Registration desk (Ballroom lobby)

8:30-5 – Organization and Vendor Room (Maple/Oak)

9-10:30 – Session 1, “The 1970s” (EMU Ballroom), facilitator, Elizabeth Reis, WGS
Guest panelists:

  • History of the Women’s Movement (Ellen Herman, History, UO)
  • Domestic Violence (Kate Barkley, Womenspace)
  • Women’s Health Movement (Sandra Morgen, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Associate Dean of the Graduate School)
  • Social Justice (Marion Malcolm, CALC)
  • Institutionalizing Women’s Studies (Barbara Pope, WGS, UO)

10:45-12:15 – Session 2, “The 1980s” (EMU Ballroom), facilitator Yvonne Braun, International Studies
Guest panelists:

  • Lesbian Lands in Oregon (Shelley Grosjean, History, master’s student, UO)
  • Global Anti-violence (Cheris Kramarae, former director of Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; former director, CSWS)
  • Reproductive Rights (Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy)
  • The Pay Equity Movement (Margaret Hallock, Wayne Morse Center, UO)
  • Environmental Justice (Shannon Elizabeth Bell, former CSWS grantee, University of Kentucky)

12:15-1:30 – Catered luncheon (Fir)

1-1:30 – Luncheon Reading with Molly Gloss (EMU Ballroom)

1:45-3:15 – Session 3, “The 1990s” (EMU Ballroom), facilitator Gabriela Martinez, SOJC
Guest panelists:

  • Affirmative Action (Yvette Alex-Assensoh, VP, Equity and Inclusion, UO)
  • Workplace Equity (Anita Johnson, Eugene Weekly)
  • AIDS Pandemic (Shoshana Kerewsky, UO)
  • Immigration (Lynn Stephen, UO)
  • Women and Science (Judith Eisen, Biology, UO)

3:30-5 – Session 4, “The Twenty-First Century” (EMU Ballroom), facilitator Lynn Fujiwara, Ethnic Studies
Guest panelists:

  • Women of Color Project (Gabriela Martinez, SOJC)
  • War and Refugees (Charli Carpenter, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
  • Women with Disabilities (Susan Sygall, Mobility International USA)
  • Native American Families (Nichole Maher, Northwest Health Foundation)

5-6:30 – Dinner break (on own)

5-6 – Registration and Organization and Vendor Rooms closed


Sally Miller Gearhart “Worlds Beyond World” Symposium – Nov. 8-9

In this symposium, authors and cultural critics explore feminist creative production and the roles of speculative fiction and utopian ideas in imagining feminist futures.

Friday, Nov. 8

6-9 p.m. – Registration desk  (Ballroom lobby)

6-9 p.m.– Vendor Room open for book sales (Maple)

6:30-8:30 p.m. – “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin” (Ballroom), followed by book signing with Le Guin and Molly Gloss (Ballroom)

Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – “Worlds Beyond World” Symposium on Feminist Utopian Thought

8:30-4 – Registration desk (Ballroom lobby); Organization and Vendor Rooms open (Maple/Oak)

9-10:00 – Session 1, “Feminists in the Archives” (Ballroom), moderator Carol Stabile

10:15-11:45 – Session 2, “Feminist Science Fiction as Political Theory” featuring Suzy McKee Charnas, L. Timmel Duchamp, Kate Wilhelm, Vonda N. McIntyre, and moderator Larissa Lai

11:45-1:15 – Lunch break (on own)

1:15-2:45– Session 3, “Building Feminist Worlds” featuring L. Timmel Duchamp, Molly Gloss, Andrea Hairston, Alexis Lothian, and moderator Margaret McBride (Ballroom)

3:00-4:30 – Session 4, “Directions in Feminist Science Fiction Research” featuring Joan Haran, Andrea Hairston, Alexis Lothian, and moderator Grace Dillon (Ballroom)

4:30-6 –Closing Reception (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Papé Reception Hall) with special viewing of “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” exhibit in the JSMA Focus Gallery

40th Celebration event location: All events are in UO’s Erb Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted. Ballroom, Gumwood, Maple, and Oak rooms are located on the EMU second level (top of stairs from main entrance); the Fir room is located on the EMU main level (northeast corner). Note: in the event of large attendance, Gumwood sessions will be moved to the Ballroom.

Registration: All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Symposium registration: guestli.st/164928

Organization and Vendor Rooms: During the celebration, author book sales and table displays for non-profit organizations and agencies will be located in the EMU Maple and Oak rooms.