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March 14, 2023

Alumni and friends of UO Sociology please join us at Sam’s Tavern in downtown Bellevue on Friday March 31, 4:30-7:30pm.

Happy hour drinks, sliders (vegetarian and meat) and bottomless fries on us.

Just a few blocks from the Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue (Seattle’s Eastside).



February 28, 2023

The Right’s Gender Wars and the Assault on Democracy

A talk by Arlene Stein, author of The Stranger Next Door

7 p.m. Monday, March 13
110 Knight Law Center
1515 Agate St., Eugene

Livestream available


Twenty years ago, Arlene Stein interviewed residents of “Timbertown,” Oregon who became embroiled in a bitter battle over LGBT rights, publishing the prize-winning book The Stranger Next Door. In this talk, which coincides with the re-release of the book with an updated preface, she revisits Stranger in the context of an even more deeply divided nation.

Stein is a professor of sociology at Rutgers whose research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, culture, and politics. The author or editor of nine books, she received the American Sociological Association’s Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

January 18, 2023

Winter 2023 Sociology Colloquium

Please join us for the Winter Sociology Colloquium Series. Colloquium will be in 714PLC. All talks are 12-1PM.


January 20, 2023

Amanda Sikirica

Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Oregon

Multiple Dimensions of Inequality and Decoupling Economic Growth and Emissions: An Eco-Intersectional Approach


February 17, 2023

Emily Kennedy

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of British Columbia

Eco-Types: Five Ways of Caring about the Environment


March 3, 2023

Rosa Acevedo

Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, University of Oregon

Questioning the British-American centric and late modern origins of antiblack racism


March 10, 2023

Kerry Ard

Associate Professor, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University


April 8, 2022

Totem Pole Journey, May 5th-9th @ EMU


Snake River to the Salish Sea — Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey at the University of Oregon

May 5th – 9th, 2022

The University of Oregon welcomes Se’Si’Le, House of Tears Carvers, and The Natural History Museum for a series of events May 5th through 8th.

The Totem Pole Journey, led by Lummi carvers and organizers, brings together ceremony, art, science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration in support of the movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon and the orcas that depend on them.

Whale People: Protectors of the Sea is an outdoor exhibition featuring a 3,000 pound orca pole, salmon carvings, and an award-winning IMAX-style film projection that tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.


Events at the University of Oregon

Science in Ceremony Colloquium

Thursday, May 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

EMU Gumwood Room

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy


Art, Activism, and Ceremony 

Lunchtime presentation – Boxed lunches provided

Friday, May 6th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

EMU Ballroom


Whale People and Totem Pole Exhibit and IMAX-Style Film Screenings

Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

EMU Green


Additional events are being planned for the weekend. For updates, please sign up via this link. For media inquiries or more information, please email


Se’Si’Le, Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers, The Natural History Museum, UO Student Sustainability Center, Center for Environmental Futures, UO Philosophy Department, UO Environmental Studies Program, UO Native American Student Union, UO Many Nations Longhouse

For current event details and an updated list of sponsors, please visit

March 7, 2022

The Future We Need for Workers and Our Democracy

The Department of Sociology proudly hosts this year’s Wayne Morse Chair, Sarita Gupta, vice president of the Ford Foundation and 2021-22 Wayne Morse Chair

Wednesday, March 30, 5-6:30 p.m.
Redwood Auditorium, 214 Erb Memorial Union

This event is free and open to the public; a livestream of the talk will also be available

What will labor organizing look like in the future? Sarita Gupta answers this question by describing not only how working people can improve their wages and working conditions, but how they can exert real power over many more aspects of their lives. Gupta will consider the central role that collective bargaining must play in the renewal of diverse communities and our democracy.

As vice president of the Ford Foundation, Gupta oversees all US programs. She has deep expertise in policy advocacy, organizing, and building partnerships across the workers’ rights and care movements, having served as the executive director of Jobs With Justice and codirector of Caring Across Generations. A nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor, and political issues affecting working people, Gupta is widely acknowledged as a key leader and strategist in the progressive movement.

This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics 2021-23 theme, Making Work Work. It is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

February 17, 2022
February 8, 2022

CAS Interdisciplinary Talk featuring UO Sociology’s Dr. Richard York

“Unintended Consequences of Energy Transitions”

Monday, February 14, 3:30-5:00

Location: Zoom link

Leigh Johnson, Assistant Professor, Geography
Richard York, Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies

Abstract: Transitioning away from fossil fuels requires the production of energy from non-fossil sources. However, quantitative analyses and historical assessments of previous shifts in energy use indicate that the expansion of non-fossil energy sources – in the absence of direct efforts to suppress fossil fuel extraction and challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry – may not appreciably contribute to a decline in fossil fuel use and may have a variety of unintended consequences. These analyses suggest that a full energy transition to cleaner energy sources requires not only technological developments but changes in economic structures and political power relationships.

Leigh Johnson is a human geographer focusing on the intersection of disaster and climate risk, vulnerability, labor, and finance. Her research investigates how configurations of public and private sector actors and financial arrangements shape disaster vulnerability and influence people’s everyday socioecological reproduction.

Richard York is an environmental sociologist whose work combines human ecology and political economy.  He is both a theorist and an empirical researcher, who primarily uses quantitative methods. One focus of his research is on how the structural characteristics of societies, including demographic, economic, and technological factors, influence levels of resource consumption and pollution emissions.

More information about the CAS Interdisciplinary Talk series is available here.

October 28, 2021

Air, Water, Land: Native/Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Descendent Relationalities and Activism

CLLAS is excited to announce the upcoming symposium:

Air, Water, Land
Native/Indigenous, Black, and Afro-Descendent Relationalities and Activism 

November 4, 2021

Climate change, environmental racism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, north/south divides, and unequal access to basic environmental resources by communities of color have inspired ongoing environmental justice activism in the Americas. This Fall 2021 symposium will center Indigenous and Black voices, leverage the campus residencies of Maya activist and teacher Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj and Muskogee/Creek artist and activist Amber Starks, and focus on environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Designed to foster critical conversations from Indigenous and Black/Afro-descendant communities across the Americas, this event is organized around themes of air, land, and water, with a committed focus to issues impacting local communities.

This symposium will feature three remote panels that explore connections and intersections in activism through air, land, and water, and a centerpiece conversation and final discussion and demonstration of sustainable food systems that are in person.

More information to attend this virtual event available here.

August 11, 2021

FREE Virtual Book Talk: “Just Get On The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” with Dr. Krystale Littlejohn, 8/31 @ 6 PM

Dr. Krystale Littlejohn‘s latest book, titled “Just Get on The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” (UC Press 2021), is due to be published this August, with its release to be celebrated on August 31st with a virtual book launch.

Dr. Littlejohn will be joined by Alicia Bonaparte (Department of Sociology, Pitzer College), Katrina Kimport (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco), and our own CJ Pascoe for what promises to be an engaging and enlightening conversation. If you are interested in attending this FREE online event, please register online.

Dr. Littlejohn recently found time to speak with NPR’s 1A about the history of birth control in America. The full interview is available on their website, and Dr. Littlejohn’s interview features in their follow-up story about birth control’s status today, also available on their website.

May 14, 2021

Dr. Julius McGee, 5/20: “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy”

On May 20th at 10:30am, the Department of Sociology is hosting Professor Julius McGee for a talk titled “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy.” If you are interested in attending, please email for the Zoom meeting ID.

Julius Alexander McGee (PhD) is an assistant professor at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Black Studies. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between social inequality and climate change. He has also published on topics related to organic farming, renewable energy, global urban development, and transportation. His most recent work explores how mass incarceration contributes to climate change.

Julius has been an active critic of climate mitigation strategies that do not consider the complex reality of social inequality. Since earning his PhD in 2016 at the University of Oregon, Julius has outlined the ways in which organic agriculture contributes to climate change, illustrated how renewable energy consumption expands social inequality, and advocated for a more robust understanding of how energy systems perpetuate racism.

More recently, Julius has embarked on a book project that explores the connection between anti-Black racism and the climate crisis.

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