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Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture Series

3rd Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial LecturePascoe_039_11_15_13

November 15, Noon, Knight Library Browsing Room

On November 15, past ES Director, Professor Martin Summers returned to the University of Oregon to deliver the 3rd Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture.  In honor of his own mentor, and mentor to many others across the country, Summers’ eloquently remembered the important work of our beloved colleague, Peggy Pascoe. His talk,”‘Broken Fragments of the Primitive Life’: Race and Dynamic Psychiatry in the Early-Twentieth-Century,” was drawn from his archival research of St. Elizabeth Hospital, a federal mental institution in Washington, DC.  Discussing specifically the way the hospital treated African American patients, Summers explores the intersections of the historical process of racial formation, medical and cultural understandings of mental illness, and the exercise of institutional power. Dr. Martin Summers is Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College.  From 2000-2006, he was a Professor in the History Department at the University of Oregon. During his time at the UO, he served as the Director of Ethnic Studies.

Special thanks to the History Department, and the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History, Dr. Jeff Ostler, for co-sponsoring and supporting this annual event that means so much to both of our departments. 









Graduate Student Workshop

To honor Peggy’s dedication to graduate student education, we have added a graduate student workshop where a selected student who is doing exceptional work in Ethnic Studies will receive feedback from the lecture’s speaker. The seminar will be open to other graduate students whose work engages Ethnic Studies scholarship.

Peggy Pascoe

Peggy Pascoe was the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and Professor of Ethnic Studies. An influential historian of her generation, authoring ground-breaking histories of the American West that centered on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. Her book What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) received five prestigious awards in 2009. It won the Ellis H Hawley Prize, Lawrence W Levine Award, Joan Kelly Prize, John H. Dunning Prize, and was a finalist for the John Hope Franklin Prize.

Peggy Pascoe was a true treasure to the University of Oregon, and her dedication to see a thriving and stable Ethnic Studies Department led to her abundant and selfless mentorship of the department’s faculty.


Lecture Series History

2013/14 – Dr. Martin Summers, Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College

Summers Poster FINAL







2012/13 – Dr. Estelle B. Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University, also affiliate with the Program in Feminist Studies.

Poster for Estelle Freedman - Pascoe Memoprial Lecture Series







2011/12 – David G. Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of History, UC San Diego