|November 1, 2012
Pioneer Mother: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Public Monuments in the U.S. West
Dr. Brenda Frink, Research Associate, The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, will lecture on “Pioneer Mother: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Public Monuments in the U.S. West.” The Pioneer Mother monument has been part of the UO campus since 1932. Dr. Frink’s current book project, Pioneers and Patriots: Race, Gender, and Historical Memory in California, 1875-1915, is a history of pioneer-themed patriotic societies in Gilded Age and Progressive Era California. The activities undertaken by these organizations—including historical and natural preservation, parades and public rituals, and the creation of public artwork—provide a case study for examining historical attitudes toward race, gender, and national belonging.
Dr. Frink’s talk is sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, with co-sponsorship from the Departments of Ethnic Studies, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Additionally, the Center for the Study of Women in Society was selected as one of the inaugural recipients of an Academic Support Grant for the 2012-13 academic year in support of programming related to an exhibition organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Female Figure: Artistic Multiplicities. Grant funding was provided by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and the College of Arts and Sciences, along with University Relations and the Provost.
See Lauren Kessler’s article about the Pioneer Mother statue — “A Hard-worked Woman” — from the Winter 2002 edition of Oregon Quarterly.
See also “Just Who Is the Pioneer Mother?” by columnist Bob Welch in the Eugene Register-Guard, Sunday, October 21, 2012.