Celebrating Forty Years: Anniversary event to showcase feminist research, activism, and creativity

November 7, 2013
November 8, 2013
November 9, 2013

40th_logo_WEBUniversity of Oregon
Erb Memorial Union
1222 E. 13th Ave.a

Online pre-registration for the 40th Anniversary Celebration is now CLOSED.  Limited first come, first served seating will be available for these events:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 3-5pm – “Agents of Change” documentary
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 9am-5pm – “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” symposium; day-of-event registration desk opens 8:30am.
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30pm – “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin.” A LIMITED NUMBER OF DAY-OF-EVENT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE. Day-of-event ticketing desk opens 5:30pm, doors open for seating 6pm. Overflow seating will also be available in the EMU to watch the event streamed live.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 9am-4:30pm – “Worlds Beyond World” symposium; day-of-event registration desk opens 8:30am.
  • All events are located in the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom, University of Oregon.

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Event Overview: This fall, the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) celebrates the legacy of feminist research, teaching, activism, and creativity at the University of Oregon.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and ASUO Women’s Center, CSWS’s 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, in UO’s Erb Memorial Union. Free and open to the public (ticketing required), the event offers multiple opportunities to witness the long reach of feminist thought and production through engaging narratives about our past, present, and possible futures.

Join the Center for the Study of Women in Society for a three-day event celebrating forty years of feminist research, teaching, and activism at the University of Oregon. Tracing a trajectory of feminist history and creativity in the past, present, and future, event highlights include:

On Thursday, Nov. 7, 3-6:30 p.m., the celebration kicks-off with the premiere of Agents of Change, a documentary feature film that chronicles the development of the Center for the Study of Women in Society within the broader context of the women’s movement. Among the special guest speakers will be Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy on the importance of women in leadership.

On Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” Symposium explores four decades of feminist research and activism through the personal narratives, visual illustrations, and dialogue of more than twenty women activists, professionals, scholars, and community leaders.

Among the symposium panelists, local activist Kate Barkley will talk about domestic violence and the creation of Womenspace in the 1970s, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will lend insight into issues of reproductive rights in the 1980s, Eugene Weekly owner Anita Johnson will offer how changing legislation affected workplace equity in the 1990s, and Mobility International co-founder Susan Sygall will provide insight into women and the disability movement in the new millennium. Also, award-winning Oregon writer Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses, Wild Life, The Dazzle of Day, and The Jump-Off Creek, will present a special reading of her work.

On the evening of Friday, Nov. 8, the celebration transitions into narratives about feminist futures with our keynote event featuring world-renowned author Ursula K. Le Guin. “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin” sets the stage for feminist speculations of future worlds. Le Guin started publishing science fiction and fantasy in the 1960s and has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy awards, each more than once. During the event, set for 6:30 p.m., Le Guin will read and discuss her work with the hosts. The winner of the Ursula K. Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship will also be announced.

The celebration continues on Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., with the Sally Miller Gearhart “Worlds Beyond World” Symposium, featuring several major figures in the field of feminist science fiction, including Molly Gloss; Vonda N. McIntyre, author of Dreamsnake, Superluminal, and The Moon and the Sun, which is being adapted for film; Suzy McKee Charnas, author of Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World; Andrea Hairston, author of Redwood and Wildfire; Kate Wilhelm, who lives in Eugene and is the author of the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang; and L. Timmel Duchamp, author and editor with independent feminist science fiction publisher Aqueduct Press.

Events will be held in the Erb Memorial Union and will be close captioned. Ticketing for all events is free, but registration is required for limited seating. Tables for local women’s organizations, vendors, and sales of books authored by guest speakers will also be available all day Friday and Saturday. Look for exhibits of materials related to CSWS and four decades of feminist research, teaching, activism, and creativity now on display in the Knight Library, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Eugene Airport.

The celebration is funded in part by the Sally Miller Gearhart Fund, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, ASUO Women’s Center, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Center on Diversity and Community, Department of English, School of Journalism and Communication, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Romance Languages, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of International Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, and the Comparative Literature journal (American Comparative Literature Association).