Road Scholars


What is Road Scholars?

Road Scholars is the public lecture 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 offers 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 in 2002, our presenters have spoken to more than 4,000 students and community members in at least 50 venues across the state. We invite you to partner with us in sponsoring a Road Scholars event for your organization.

2014-15 Road Scholars Public Lecture Program

Archived Offerings and Event History

Scheduled Events

Agents of Change: A Legacy of Feminist Research, Teaching, and Activism at the University of Oregon
Agents of Change chronicles the history of the University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society and the UO Department of Women’s and Gender Studies within the broader context of the Women’s Right Movement. By 1970, women faculty members across universities in the United States were beginning to teach the first women’s studies courses, while also taking on the fight for pay equity and affirmative action in hiring. This presentation will include clips from the documentary. Presented by Gabriela Martínez, associate director of CSWS and associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. Time & date: 6:30 p.m., March 18, 2015   Location: George S. Turnbull Portland Center, Shirley Papé Forum, 70 NW Couch St. Floor 3R, Portland, OR  97209    Sponsored: by the UO Center for Center for the Study of Women in Society and cosponsored by the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s George S. Turnbull Portland Center

Snake Oil and Mothers’ Milk: Images of Gender and Disease in Early Advertising
Drawing on the analysis she conducted on a comprehensive medical trade card collection, this illustrated lecture discusses the ways women are depicted in the images found in North American patent medicine advertising trade cards ca. 1870-1895. Presented by Phaedra Livingstone, Assistant Professor, Arts Administration. Time & date: 10:15 a.m., April 11, 2015   Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 777 Coburg Road, Eugene, OR, 97401  Sponsored: by American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Queens and Amazons in Renaissance Art and History
This presentation offers 16th- and 17th-century literature and music—together with visual images of paintings, engravings, and sculptures —that portray women forcefully as queens and Amazons. Presented by Amanda Powell, Senior Instructor, Romance Languages; and Dianne Dugaw, Professor, English. Time & date: 3 p.m., July 31, 2015   Location: Campbell Community Center, 155 High St, Eugene, OR 97401 Sponsored: by City of Eugene Adult Recreation Program


The first three years of the Road Scholars Program were made possible through a gift contributed by Robert Amundson, Ph.D., in memory of his wife, Joy Belsky. We are deeply grateful for his support of this important community program.