“Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” Symposium — 40th celebration

November 8, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm
Painting by Miriam Johnson / courtesy of Ben Johnson

Painting by Miriam Johnson / courtesy of Ben Johnson

Erb Memorial Union
1222 E. 13th Ave.
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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 five interwoven themes: women’s rights, violence against women, women’s health, activism and policy, and education and employment. Guest speakers will share personal narratives, visual illustrations, and dialogue to illuminate some of the local, cultural, and global issues at stake across forty years of women’s lives.

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.

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, 1222 E. 13th. 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.

Online pre-registration for the 40th Anniversary Celebration is now CLOSED (effective Nov. 6).  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.
More about the 40th celebration:
  •  Thursday, Nov. 7, 3-6:30 p.m., the celebration kicks-off with the premiere of Agents of Change, a documentary 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 at the opening celebration will be Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy on the importance of women in leadership.
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin” sets the stage for feminist speculations of future worlds. A book signing with Le Guin and other guest authors will follow Friday’s keynote event.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., the celebration continues with the Sally Miller Gearhart “Worlds Beyond World” Symposium, featuring several major authors of feminist science fiction including Suzy McKee Charnas, L. Timmel Duchamp, Molly Gloss, Andrea Hairston, Vonda N. McIntyre, and Kate Wilhelm

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).