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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

Talk: “Origins of the Housing Crisis and the Criminalization of Poverty”

February 28 at 6pm, Knight Hall 241

Join Professor Claire Herbert to kick off the UO National Lawyers Guild “Week Against Mass Incarceration” (#WAMI2022). She’ll be discussing the intersections between law, housing, and incarceration. See more details here.

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.

May 4, 2021

Colloquium with Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Friday May 7th

This Friday, May 7th, the renowned environmental justice scholar, Dr. Dorceta Taylor, will be (virtually) visiting the University of Oregon. There are three events planned featuring Dr. Taylor:

  • 10:45-11:45 – Anti-Racism Strategies Panel
  • 12:00-1:30 – Sociology Colloquium: “Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Power, and Privilege.”
  • 1:45-2:45 – Meeting with graduate students (open to grad students from all departments)

Please email for the Zoom meeting information if you would like to participate in any or all of these events.

April 14, 2021

Panel discussion on International Jobs in Sociology

Friday, May 21, 2021
10:00 AM PDT via Zoom

Considering an international career in Sociology? Join Dr. Aliya Hamid Rao (London School of Economics), Dr. Jessica Tollette (IE University, Madrid), and Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova (American Sociological Association) for a discussion about applying for Sociology jobs abroad. The panel will focus on jobs requiring a Ph.D., but earlier career students are welcome to attend. Please email to request the Zoom meeting info.


Our Guest Presenters:

Dr. Aliya Hamid Rao is a sociologist and qualitative researcher studying the institutions of paid work and family life through a gendered lens. Her most research project was a study of unemployment amongst American couples in the professional middle class, from which she published a book titled Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment (University of California Press, 2020). Aliya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics. Prior to this she worked at the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania (2016), after which she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Dr. Jessica Tollette is the academic director of the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences at IE University in Madrid, Spain. In addition to her role as academic director, she also teaches courses on research methods, diversity and cross-cultural understanding, communication skills and behavioral science. She serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at IE’s Africa Center where she leads the Odysseys project, which aims to explore and promote the belonging of Africans and Afro-descendants in multi-national, multi-gender and multi-ethnic communities. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Hispanic Studies.


Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova is Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs at the American Sociological Association (ASA). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2009. Before joining ASA, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, where she directed the Kunz Center for Social Research. Trained as an urban ethnographer, her research explores gender, work, and embodiment in the Americas. She is an award-winning author of several books, including Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador; Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity; and Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador (which will be published in a Spanish edition in 2022).

April 12, 2021

Conversations about Our World

Join University of Oregon faculty, Dr. Arafaat A. Valiani (Associate Professor, History | Sociology | Global Health), Dr. Sangita Gopal (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies), and Dr. Bish Sen (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication) for a speakers series during spring term 2021. All events will be held virtually and feature conversations between faculty and speakers from the University of Oregon community and beyond. Topics include Indigenous arts, global communications after Covid, and identity in Asian and Asian Studies, and more.

Recordings are also available on the event website after sessions conclude.

Session One: The Power of Indigenous Stories and Art

Friday, April 9 | 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama), Professor of Indigenous Studies, College of Education, University of Oregon
  • Crystal L. Buck (Yakama), Artist

Session Two: Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication in a Post-Covid World

Wednesday, April 28 | 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Bish Sen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

Session Three: Identity, Ambivalence, Homecoming: Travels Between Asian and Asian American Studies

Thursday, May 13 | 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Roy Chan, Associate Professor, Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Andrew Way Leong, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UC Berkeley

Session Four: TBA

This event series is co-sponsored by UO Sociology in cooperation with many others. Please see the event website for a full list of sponsors. For questions or more information, please contact Program Coordinator, Kylie Yihua Post at

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