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October 16, 2019

Muslim & Arab Diasporic Film Festival – November 7, 14 & 21, 12-2 PM in McKenzie 125

See flyer for details.

September 19, 2019

An Evening with Stephanie Land, author of Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

6:30 pm Wednesday, November 6
175 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.
Part of the Margaret Hallock Program for Women’s Rights

Cosponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, UO Division of Equity and Inclusion, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Sociology, and Labor Education and Research Center.

Stephanie Land’s bestselling debut memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her unflinching and inspiring testimony exposes the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.

At age 28, Land’s dream of attending college and becoming a writer are deferred when a summer fling turns into an unplanned pregnancy. After facing domestic abuse, and lacking any form of reliable safety net, she checks into a homeless shelter with her 7-month-old daughter. She begins the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for food stamps and subsidized housing, and starts cleaning houses for $9/hour. Mired in patronizing government processes and paltry wages, Land illustrates the trauma of grasping for stability from a rigged system, and demonstrates how hard work doesn’t always pay off.

After years of barely scraping by, Land graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana in 2014, and started a career as a freelance writer. She writes about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness, and motherhood, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She’s worked with Barbara Ehrenreich at the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and is a writing fellow at the Center for Community Change.

April 23, 2019

Mimi Thi Nguyen – “Of Gifts and Debt”

Mimi Thi Nguyen – “Of Gifts and Debt”

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

May 22, 2019

12 – 1:20 PM

Co-Sponsored by UO Common Reading Program and UO Department of Sociology

January 25, 2019

Winter Term Colloquia

We have an exciting series of speakers lined up for the Winter Quarter Colloquium Series. Please join us for the following talks Fridays at 12pm in  PLC 714.

  • 1/18/19: Dimitra Cupo, “Doing Self-Defense: Women, Habitus and Privilege”
  • 1/25/19: Victoria Reyes (UC Riverside), “Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines”
  • 2/8/19: Ana Paricio (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), “Cities and Gender: Mapping Everyday Life Activities in Barcelona’s Public Spaces”
  • 2/15/19: Anthony Ocampo (Cal Poly Pomona), “Lessons in Manhood and Morality: The Immigrant Family as Moral Context of Reception”
  • 2/22/19: Ryan Light, TBA
  • 3/1/19: Dawn Harfmann, “How Corporate Power, Environmental Labor, and Political Polarization Shape Environmental Concern in Rural Wyoming, and Why it Matters for Our Environmental Future”
September 26, 2018

October 25: Barbara Sutton, Surviving State Terror

Barbara Sutton, Associate Professor
Department of Women’s,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies
University at Albany, State
University of New York

Thursday, October 25, 2018
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
1468 University Street
University of Oregon campus

This presentation is based on Sutton’s recently published book, Surviving State Terror.
Based on oral testimonies of women who survived clandestine detention centers during a period of state terrorism in Argentina (1976–83), this book illuminates the gendered and embodied forms of trauma that women endured while also highlighting their historical and political agency. Through the lens of the body as a cross-cutting theme, the book examines gendered dimensions of experience during captivity and beyond. Sexual violence as a weapon of state terror is addressed, yet the book also shows more subtle dynamics of gender inscription through torture. Similarly, though the study attends to motherhood ideologies and the egregious treatment of pregnant women in captivity, it also explores women’s experiences beyond maternity.
Public and scholarly discourse has tended to pay attention to the relatives of the people disappeared, particularly mothers; this book makes a needed contribution by bringing to the fore the stories of women who themselves were forcibly disappeared, but ultimately survived.
Surviving State Terror incorporates women survivors’ narratives of solidarity, resistance, and political organizing as well as their perspectives on social change, human rights, and democracy. The book draws on the urgent lessons that women survivors offer to a world that continues to grapple with atrocities.

Barbara Sutton earned her PhD in sociology at the University of Oregon in 2004 and is a former CSWS Jane Grant Fellow.

February 15, 2018

Memorial Service for Dr. Kavous Seyed-Emami

A Celebration of Life/memorial service for Dr. Kavous Seyed-Emami will be held Saturday February 24, 2-4 PM in Gerlinger Lounge. Please RSVP before Monday, February 21 at noon to both Nahla Bassil and Mohammad Maleki.

February 6, 2018

SOJC Research Seminar (SRS) Series featuring Professor Michael Dreiling

SOJC Research Seminar (SRS) Series

Winter 2018

Allen 307, Noon-1pm

02/14 (WED) Michael Dreiling (Professor, Department of Sociology at UO): “Networks of Power, Networks of Resistance”


Professor Dreiling introduces some sociological principles of social network analysis (SNA) and then recaps several network analyses and visualizations based on his empirical research. This work elucidates network concepts of power, influence and subgroup cohesion. Employing SNA tools alongside a power structure approach to socio-political dynamics – as inspired by Mills and Domhoff – we can generate insights and test theories. SNA can be a powerful complement to a multi-method research program. Professor Dreiling’s research applies these tools to study wide-ranging forms of collective action, from social movements rooted in civil society to elite institutions and corporate dominance of policy making in the US and Japan.

January 30, 2018

“Three Years Later”: Talk by M. Hasna Masnavi

January 26, 2018

Labor Education & Research Center (LERC) colloquia

Professor Eileen Otis will be giving a talk on February 28th, 2018 at 4-5PM in EMU’s Miller Room as part of the Winter 2018 UO Labor Research Colloquium speaker series, sponsored by the Labor Education & Research Center (LERC).The talk titled “Walmart in China: How are Chinese workers Confronting the World’s Largest Company?”  explores how workers in China have confronted the world’s biggest employer, and how they have challenged, accommodated or reshaped Wal-Mart’s labor practices.

Graduate student Lola Loustaunau will present her work on April 18th, 2018 at 4 – 5pm at EMU’s Miller Room as part of the Winter 2018 UO Labor Research Colloquium speaker series, sponsored by the Labor Education & Research Center (LERC). The talk is titled, “Organizing multiethnic, multilingual workers with insecure legal status: challenges and lessons from an intensive campaign in the Portland food industry.”

November 8, 2017

Colloquium 11/13/17: “Impossible Choices: How Workers Manage Unpredictable Scheduling Practices”

We are excited to announce next week’s colloquium featuring a team of our departments fantastic researchers, Camila Alvarez, Lola Loustaunau, Larissa Petrucci and Ellen Scott. Their presentation is titled “Impossible Choices: How Workers Manage Unpredictable Scheduling Practices.” We hope to see you there on November 13th, 2017 in PLC 714 at 12pm.

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