Archive for the ‘Women’s History’ Category

Estelle Freedman, “Redefining Rape”: Second Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture Series

January 25, 2013
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Knight Library
Browsing Room
Noon refreshments
12:30 p.m. lecture

The second annual Department of Ethnic Studies Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture features Professor Estelle Freedman speaking about her forthcoming book, Redefining Rape: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Sexual Violence in American History. Her book brings together racial justice and women’s rights responses to sexual violence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Estelle Freedman is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. History, Stanford University.


“Rape: Race, Power & Politics in Early America” — Historical Background to the War on Women — Sharon Block

January 31, 2013
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Block-large-poster-finalBrowsing Rm
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Sharon Block, a respected historian of gender, sexuality and race in colonial America and associate professor of history at the University of California–Irvine, will deliver a free public lecture on the material from her first book, Rape and Sexual Power in Early America, (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).  Block’s work is particularly relevant to recent political controversies on how we understand rape.

The public lecture is sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, CSWS Law and Society Research Interest Group, and the UO Department of History.


UO Today #526: Brenda Frink

UO Today #526: Brenda Frink | University of Oregon Video.

Brenda Frink, research associate at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University, talks about pioneer societies and Pioneer Mother monuments in the American West.

Dr. Frink lectured on “Pioneer Mother: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Public Monuments in the U.S. West,” at the Many Nations Longhouse on the UO campus on November 1, 2012. Her lecture was sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, with co-sponsorship from


CSWS-funded project takes a close look at traditional Western discourse surrounding female genital cutting

Who Defines “Mutilation”? Challenging Imperialism in the Discourse of Female Genital Cutting

Courtney Smith (back row, center)

by Courtney Smith / From: Feminist Formations / Volume 23, Issue 1, Spring 2011 /pp. 25-46 | 10.1353/ff.2011.0009

See also: global.gender.current » Blog Archive » Unpacking female body “mutilation” in Senegal and the U.S.

Courtney Smith received a CSWS Graduate Student Research Grant in 2005, and the Jane Grant Dissertation Writing Grant in 2007. “CSWS fundingenabled me to conduct over six months of field research in Senegal, West Africa,” she said. “Because of the financial support provided by CSWS, I was able to spend this relatively long duration in Senegal, and to carry out over 90 interviews with women and men throughout the small country. CSWS also supported me in the dissertation writing phase, which was absolutely instrumental in finishing my Ph.D.”