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For five decades CSWS has funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Our mission is simple: we create, fund, share, and support research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.

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Our faculty and student affiliates generate wide-ranging research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities. Discover what we are working on.

Fund

For five decades, we have funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Read about our present opportunities and past awards

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As a research center, we disseminate new knowledge on the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities with other scholars and educators, the public, policymakers, and activists. Keep in touch with the latest news, publications, and media.

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Through event programming and special initiatives, we foster networking, collaboration, and mentorship within our vibrant community of feminist scholars.  Learn more about how to get involved.

Feminist Futures: CSWS 50th Anniversary

The Center for the Study of Women in Society is celebrating 50 years of enriching the University of Oregon community. Starting in Spring 2023, our year-long celebration will include invited speakers, exhibits, performances, and events that speak to intersectional feminist research and the ways in which gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation intersect and inform our visions of social justice. As the Center looks ahead to our next five decades, we will explore both the promises for and the imperilment of our “feminist futures” within fraught social, political, and environmental landscapes both nationally and globally. 
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Upcoming Events

Yuri Herrera. Speaker Series. Mafia: The Cultures of Narcotraffic. at Fenton Hall

Mexican writer Yuri Herrera will be talking about his novel The Transmigration of Bodies, which students will be reading as part of the Spanish 490 and RL623 seminars and Speaker Series: "Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic." https://www.andotherstories.org/authors/yuri-herrera/

May 29 - 5:00pm

Sayak Valencia. Speaker Series. Mafias: The Cultures of Narcotraffic. at Fenton Hall

Mexican writer, scholar and women's and trans rights activist, Sayak Valencia will be talking about Gore Capitalism which students will be reading as part of the Spanish 490 and RL623 seminars and Speaker Series: "Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic."

Jun 05 - 5:00pm

Wine Chat: "The Coffee Bean in the War Machine: Northern Italian Coffee Business between the World Wars” at Capitello Wines

This talk traces the business histories of Lavazza, Illy, and other major Northern Italian coffee companies to illustrate the surprising ways that early twentieth century espresso machine technology and caffé design came together to create the distinctive aromas and flavors that afficionados around the globe associate with Made in Italy coffees today. The story begins in turn of the century Florence, where industry titans, Futurists, and warmongers gathered in caffès to sip coffee, and to debate the merits of militarizing Italy to enter World War I.

Jun 05 - 5:30pm

News

May 10 alumni symposium to envision ‘feminist futures’

What does it take to shape a feminist research center? How do we incubate feminist projects and envision feminist futures? These questions and more will be explored May 10 at the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) Alumni Symposium—our culminating fiftieth anniversary event.

Anita Hill to Discuss Peril and Promise for Feminism May 9

Thirty-three years ago, Professor Anita Hill started a national conversation on sexual harassment in testifying against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. On May 9, she visits the University of Oregon to discuss the ongoing fight against gender-based violence in this year’s Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Videos

New Faculty Welcome Interview with CSWS Faculty Affiliates
New Faculty Welcome Interview with Dr. Ernesto Martinez
Interview with Avant-Garde Feminist Filmmakers Su Friedrich and Gelare Khoshgozaran

History of CSWS

For 50 years CSWS has funded feminist scholarship at the University of Oregon. Our mission is simple: we create, fund, and share research that addresses the complicated nature of gender identities and inequalities.

Our ability to do this resulted from an incredible act of generosity. In 1983, the hard work and vision of faculty members working in what was then called the Center for the Sociological Study of Women attracted the attention of Fortune magazine editor William Harris. His endowment, the largest single gift ever given to the university at that time, was given in memory of his wife, Jane Grant, an early feminist and co-founder of The New Yorker.

historical photo, group shot