Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

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Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America at William W. Knight Law Center

Princeton historian Margot Canaday will discuss her book, Queer Career, which explores the experiences of sexual minorities in the American workforce during the second half of the twentieth century. Canaday shows how LGBT history helps us understand the recent history of capitalism and labor and rewrites our understanding of the queer past.

Livestreaming is available for this event.

William W. Knight Law Center, 110
“How to Cope with Climate Anxiety: Saving the Earth and Saving Ourselves” at Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

Britt Wray’s fascinating and hopeful talk demonstrates the emotional and existential effects of living in a warming world—and how we can get through them together. Although anxieties surrounding the climate crisis can cause us to burn out, give up, and question deeply personal decisions like whether to have children, working through these anxieties can unlock a deep capacity to care for and act on climate issues. We need to look at the climate crisis as a whole—not just the political or technological issues, but the mental health consequences as well.

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Natalia Molina lecture

Natalia Molina is a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California. Her research explores the intertwined histories of race, place, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts (UC Press, 2014) and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879–1940 (UC Press, 2006).

Just Get on the Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics at Knight Library

Associate Professor of Sociology Krystale Littlejohn and guest panelists discuss her new book, Just Get on the Pill, which investigates how birth control becomes a fundamentally unbalanced and gendered responsibility. She uncovers how parents, peers, partners, and providers draw on narratives of male and female birth control methods to socialize cisgender women into sex and ultimately into shouldering the burden for preventing pregnancy.

Knight Library
Britney Wilson lecture

Britney Wilson is a professor of Law and Director of The Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic at New York Law School. Prior to NYLS, Wilson was a staff attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and a Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow in the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union.


Past Events

CSWS Events include a Noon Talk series, special speakers, film series, colloquiums, conferences, and more.

  • Noon Talks are presented by recent recipients of CSWS Research Grants. These scholarly topics span the interests of many departments in the areas of women and gender.  These are usually held in our Jane Grant Conference Room in Hendricks Hall.
  • Research Interest Groups host many events during the year, usually special speakers or presentations, and occasionally a conference.
  • Special speakers and film screenings address CSWS's annual themes in the Lorwin Lecture series, the Acker-Morgen Lecture series, the Race, Ethnicities, and Inequalities Colloquium series, the Queer Studies Lecture series and other CSWS-sponsored events.
  • Co-sponsored Events highlights gender-related events on campus that we support.


CSWS Sponsored Events

All upcoming events are sequentially listed by date on the opening page of our website under Upcoming Events. In addition, you can look at current and past CSWS events here:



Acker-Morgen Memorial Lectureship

The Center for the Study of Women in Society's Acker-Morgen Memorial Lectureship honors two powerful feminist voices, CSWS founding director Joan Acker and longtime center director Sandra Morgen, both of whom passed away in 2016. This annual lecture series commemorates their legacies by bringing to the University of Oregon campus renowned feminist scholars who work on issues of economic justice and gender equity – issues that were very near and dear to both Joan and Sandi. Donations to support this lecture series can be made here.


Lorwin Lectureship Series

The Lorwin Lectureship was created in 2009 with funding from the estate of Val and Madge Lorwin. Lectures by renowned scholars and experts promote greater appreciation for the importance of civil rights. The lectureship, overseen by the College of Arts and Sciences and the UO School of Law, is administered on a rotating basis by three campus education and research centers: the Oregon Humanities Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.



Event Archives

Many CSWS events are recorded on audio and/or video tapes or DVDs. To access the complete listing of more than 274 CSWS-related items (including publications), go to the  Knight Library link  Under "keyword" search for "University of Oregon, Center for the Study of Women in Society." All CSWS-related items should appear with that search criteria.


Northwest Women Writers Symposium


40th Anniversary Celebration




Road Scholars


Women of Color Project