50th Events

Celebrating “Feminist Futures”

During 2023-24, the Center for the Study of Women and Society celebrates 50 years of enriching the University of Oregon community. In collaboration with departments and units across campus, we have developed a year-long program of speakers, symposia, exhibits, performances, and more that speak to intersectional feminist research and our visions of social justice. All events are free and open to the public. Scroll down for a complete calendar of 50th anniversary programming.

Event details and RSVP info will be linked to this page as plans are finalized. Check back regularly for updates!

May 9: Anita Hill

The free tickets for this event are sold out. Free tickets for the overflow livestream viewing in Straub Hall will be available soon. Register here to watch the livestream at home. 
6 p.m. | Erb Memorial Union Ballroom | University of Oregon
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May 10 – CSWS 50th Anniversary Alumni Symposium

Lunch included for registered participants | Registration

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 123 Global Scholars Hall (GSH)

Symposium Schedule: 

8:30 AM • Doors Open (coffee/tea service all day)

9:00 AM • Event Welcome

9:30–10:45 AM, “Shaping a Feminist Research Center” Leadership Panel. Past and present leaders discuss what has shaped CSWS’s identity as a feminist research center over time and what forces will continue to shape it in the future. Panelists: Victoria DeRose, Tannaz Farsi, Marilyn R. Farwell, Margaret Hallock, Michael Hames-Garcia, Ellen Herman, Ernesto Martinez, Michelle McKinley, and Priscilla Ovalle. Moderator: Sangita Gopal.

11:00 AM–12:15 PM, “Incubating Feminist Futures” Special Projects Panel. Over time CSWS has supported many research interest groups (RIGs) and special projects—some of which evolved into self-sustaining initiatives and programs, both on and off campus, such as the Woman of Color Project (WOC), the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), the Fembot Collective, and the Northwest Women Writers Symposium (NWWS). Panelists: Erin Beck, Louise Bishop, Chris Chavez, Alice Evans, Lynn Fujiwara, Gabriela Martinez, Eli Meyer, Malori Musselman, Judith Raiskin, Camisha Russell, and Lynn Stephen. Moderator: Jenée Wilde.

12:30–1:45 PM, Screenings and Poster Session. During lunch (for registered participants), symposium participants can browse a poster session for 2023-24 CSWS Graduate Student Research Grant fellows and the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project, and view two documentaries: Agents of Change: A Legacy of Feminist Research, Teaching, and Activism at the University of Oregon (dir. by Gabriela Martinez) and Outliers and Outlaws: The Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project (short preview of full documentary).

2:00–4:00 PM, “Envisioning Feminist Futures” Alumni Panel. Over five decades, CSWS has provided more than $3 million in grant funding to faculty, staff, and graduate students at the University of Oregon. We will hear from a panel of grant fellows about the long-term impacts of funding feminist research and brainstorm together what the next five decades may hold for CSWS. Panelists: Miriam Abelson, Thomas A. Beaumont, Megan Burke, Marjorie Celona, Kate Harkness, Teresa Hernández, Diana Martinez, Ryanne Pilgeram, and Barbara Sutton. Moderator: Marena Lear.


2023-24 Common Seeing: My Body, My Choice? Art and Reproductive Justice

January 20, 2024 to August 25, 2024 | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

JSMA’s eighth annual Common Seeing exhibition is presented in partnership with the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) as part of the campus-wide, year-long “Feminist Futures” programming in honor of the CSWS’s 50th anniversary. My Body, My Choice? considers bodily autonomy, reproductive justice, and gendered and racialized experiences in healthcare through the works of three contemporary artists. Nao Bustamante, Judy Chicago, and Alison Saar address these issues of sexual and reproductive health in wide-ranging bodies of work spanning forty years. They draw our attention to complicated and problematic histories to advocate for a more equitable future. More information.

Artists, Constellations, and Connections: Feminist Futures

January 27, 2024 to June 17, 2024 | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The exhibition Artists, Constellations, and Connections: Feminist Futures, organized as part of the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, engages complex histories and intersectional feminist inquiry in the context of great social, political and environmental change. Placing current work by faculty in the Department of Art, at the University of Oregon, alongside and in conversation with works they have selected from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the exhibition explores critical questions about artmaking, the future, and feminist models of inquiry. Curators: Amanda Wojick, Charlene Liu, Stacy Jo Scott, Laura Vandenburgh, Tarrah Krajnak, Tannaz Farsi, and Anya Kivarkis. More information.

2023-24 Full Schedule:

Sept. 6–9: Hypatia 40th Anniversary Conference. Cosponsor. 
Oct. 24: Author visit and panel discussion: Diana Greene Foster, author of The Tunaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion, in conversation with UO experts and students. In partnership with UO Common Reading. 
Nov. 2: Conversation with literary agent Anjali Singh and graphic journalist Sarah “Shay” Mirk. In partnership with Comics Studies.
Nov. 7: Documentary film screening with avant-garde feminist filmmakers Su Friedrich and media artist Gelare Khoshgozaran. In partnership with Cinema Studies. 
Nov. 8: Discussion with avant-garde feminist filmmakers Su Friedrich and media artist Gelare Khoshgozaran. In partnership with Cinema Studies. 
Nov. 13: History of Women in Science Science Symposium. Cosponsor. 

Jan. 20: "My Body, My Choice?" exhibition opens at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. On view Jan. 20–Aug. 25, 2024. In partnership with UO Common Reading. 
Jan. 27: “Feminist Futures” exhibition opens at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, featuring work by UO Art Department faculty in dialogue with works from the collection. On view Jan. 27–June 17, 2024.  
Feb. 27: "From Editor to CEO: Tina Brown's Legendary Career." Moderated panel discussion with Tina Brown, acclaimed former editor of The New Yorker magazine. In partnership with the School of Journalism and Communication. Register for event.
Mar. 8: An evening of dance, music, and discussion with faculty performers and invited guests on the topic of feminist futures. In partnership with the School of Music and Dance. Free General Admission.

May 9: Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties with award-winner author, educator, and layer Anita Hill. In partnership with the Wayne Morse Center. Info TBA.
May 10: CSWS Alumni Symposium and End-of-year Anniversary Celebration. Info TBA.