CSWS was awarded a Ford Foundation grant in March 2008 from the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). “Diversifying the Leadership of Women’s Research Centers” promotes the leadership of women of color from historically underrepresented groups in the United States within NCRW and within its women’s research, policy, and advocacy member centers. CSWS and the UO Office of the Vice President for Research provided matching funds
5th annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium
“Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition,” May 6 – 7, 2016
The fifth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, through Saturday, May 7, 2016, on the University of Oregon campus and at the downtown Eugene Public Library. American Book Award winner Reyna Grande is the keynote author. She will be joined by the inimitable Ariel Gore, founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama; Dominican-American poet and novelist Ana-Maurine Lara, novelist Miriam Gore; and others to be announced later. Our theme is “Crossing Borders: Women’s Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition.” This theme promises to open conversations about border politics; poverty; racism and xenophobia; climate change; ongoing effects of colonialism and genocide; family dynamics; agricultural patterns and enslavement; overpopulation; human migratory patterns; fleeing war and abuse; moving on. How have our migrations and moves contributed to or instigated our writings? What do we move away from, and what do we go toward? What are the historical, political, and personal currents that influence our transitions—from one country to another, from one state to another, from city to country, from mountains to sea, from one marriage or partnership to another, from one career to another, from one self-view to another? “Crossing Borders” is a multi-layered theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, challenges of survival, making room for others, and community.
This CSWS program began as a Research Interest Group in AY 2011-12, migrated into CSWS Special Project status as the Women Writers Project in AY 2012-13, and became integrated into CSWS as an internal program in spring 2014. The Women Writers Program seeks to foster and enhance opportunities for women writers on campus, in the community, and throughout the Pacific Northwest; to bring distinct voices of published women writers to campus; and to support the work of creative writing by bringing together writers from different disciplines. This program is aimed toward exploring local, regional, and university collaborations, most notably through an evolving annual women writers conference. In 2013, CSWS began collaborating with the Eugene Public Library to hold a portion of the symposium in its downtown facility.
- The 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience” took place on the University of Oregon campus and at the downtown Eugene Public Library on Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 – 9, 2015. Diana Abu-Jaber (Crescent; Birds of Paradise) was the keynote author and was joined by writers Novella Carpenter (Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer), Donna Henderson, Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper, Jennifer Burns Bright, and Cecelia Hagen.
- The Women Writers Project organized the 2014 Third Annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium “Family, Animal, Story,” held May 1 – 3, 2014, on the UO campus and at the downtown Eugene Public Library. About 275 people attended events over this three-day period.
- The Women Writers Project organized the 2013 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium — Common Ground: Land, Language, Story — held May 9 – 11, 2013. More than 250 people attended this series of events, which took place over three days on the University of Oregon campus and at the Eugene Downtown Library.
- The Women Writers Project organized MemoirFest, the first annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, held May 12, 2012 and attended by about 100 women and men.
Initiated in 2002, the Road Scholars Program, was conceived as the public lecture and outreach program of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, a University of Oregon research center devoted to generating, supporting, and disseminating research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities. In addition to introducing the center and its mission, the Road Scholars Program offered audiences the opportunity to engage in conversation with UO scholars about issues critical to women and families in our region and beyond. Since the program’s inception, its presenters spoke to more than 4,000 students and community members in at least 50 venues across the state. It was ended in the fall of AY 2015-16. A speakers bureau is in the planning stages, and it is intended to provide an opportunity for media and organizations to tap the expertise of UO professors.