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May 30, 2017

The Big Picture: Structural Racism, Equity & Intersectionality, featuring Rinku Sen

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
University of Oregon
Free & open to the public

Part of the Imagining Freedom Teach-In Series. Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the EMU Center for Student Involvement.

Photo of Rinku SenRinku Sen is the president and executive director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity through research, media, and practice. A visionary and a pragmatist, Sen is one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement, building upon the legacy of civil rights by transforming the way we talk about race, from something that is individual, intentional, and overt to something that is systemic, unconscious, and hidden.
Sen’s cutting edge book Stir it Up, read widely by community organizers and taught on campuses across the country, theorized a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other issues.
Sen’s second book, The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization, told the story of Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York in the aftermath of September 11. It is currently being made into a film.

April 17, 2017

Ethnic Studies Now: A Student Research Symposium

Friday, May 12
Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez
Oregon State University
Free and open to the public

Join us for a multi-institutional discussion of student research and creative work in Ethnic Studies. Students and faculty from universities and colleges in Oregon and Washington are invited to participate. Hosted by Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

Submit research by Friday, April 21, 2017.


February 7, 2017

Books-in-Print talk: Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910

Featuring Julie Weise, UO History Department.
February 24, 2017
Humanities Center Conference Room (159 PLC).
Sponsor: OHC. Information: (541) 346-3934.
January 29, 2017

Undocumented Students in the Age of Trump: What Every Campus Needs to Know

An Imagining Freedom Teach-In featuring María Blanco, executive director of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, UC Davis. Tuesday, January 31, 9-10:00 AM.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m. Light breakfast served.
EMU 107 Redwood Room

The new administration promises dramatic changes to the legal and political status and conditions facing undocumented students. What do faculty, staff and students need to know to navigate this new environment? What steps can campuses take to proactively protect their students? What role might Dreamers play in challenging this new regime?

This session features María Blanco, Executive Director of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, which operates out of UC Davis School of Law to provide immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at the six University of California campuses without law schools. Launched in November 2014, the Center is a pilot project of the University of California Office of the President and works in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic.
RSVP to Daniel HoSang, Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
November 1, 2016

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Featuring Ibram X. Kendi, University of Florida.

Wednesday, Nov.30, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

cprwdnpe-1Ibram X. Kendi is the winner of the 2016 National Book award for nonfiction and an assistant professor of contemporary African American history at the University of Florida. In addition to Stamped from the Beginning, he is the author of The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972.

October 29, 2016

Malheur Occupation: A Native American Perspective

Featuring Jarvis Kennedy, Burns Paiute Tribe
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 4 p.m.
Many Nations Longhouse

Department of Geography Tea Talk Series

Co-Sponsors: Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Anthropology

October 13, 2016

Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest

A talk by Mario Sifuentez, UC-Merced.
October 28, 2016, 12 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

150504sifuentesmariocropMario Sifuentez is an assistant professor of History at the University of California, Merced. The son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, Dr. Sifuentez grew up in rural Oregon, and earned both a BA and MA from UO. One of the first graduates with an Ethnic Studies major at the UO, he was also a longtime student activist. This lecture, based off Sifentez’s new book of the same title, shows how ethnic Mexican workers responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them.

May 23, 2016

No Más Bebés

They came to have their babies.

They went home sterilized.

Screening and discussion with producer Virginia Espino

Thursday, June 2nd 4:00 P.M.

Columbia Hall 150

Sponsored by the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Cinema Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, Department of Political Science, Ethnic Studies, Oregon Humanities Center and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Faculty contact: Daniel HoSang,



May 10, 2016

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, “Cultivating Indigenous Solidarities as a Pacific Islander Response to Colonialisms”

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu

“Cultivating Indigenous Solidarities as a Pacific Islander Response to Colonialisms”

May 25, 2016

4 – 5:30 pm

Fuifuilupe Poster-2Jacqua 101

On May 25, Tongan activist-scholar, Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, will give a public lecture, “Cultivating Indigenous Solidarities as a Response to Settler Colonialism” at 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Jacqua 101.

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a revered leader in the Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area. Niumeitolu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and an instructor at City College of San Francisco where she teaches courses on interpersonal violence, Indigenous healing, and storytelling. For her UO talk, she will discuss her work with the Oceania Coalition of Northern California, an Indigenous Pacific Islander social justice organization in the Bay Area that facilitates teach-ins, sacred healing methodologies, and letter-writing campaigns on a range of issues–such as incarceration, climate change, and womens health.

May 4, 2016


Ethnic Studies Prof. Alaí Reyes-Santos presents her book “Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles” at UO. Prof. Amalia Cabezas, UC, Riverside, will discuss the contributions of the book to the fields of Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies, and Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies. Join us in this celebration and meet renowned scholar Amalia Cabezas! Sponsored by Ethnic Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Date: May 20th, 2016, 11:00AM-12:30 PM
Location: 111 Alder Building Conference Room 

Food and Refreshments will be served. Accommodations available upon request.


Amalia L. Cabezas received a B.A. (with honors) from Pitzer College in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. Dr. Cabezas is the recipient of the European Commission’s 2011-2012 GEMMA Erasmus Mundus Third Country Scholar, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hull, England; the 2000-2001 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (UCLA), and the 1999-2000 UC Humanities Research Institute fellowship at the university of California, Irvine. Her publications include Economies of Desire: Sex Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and two co-edited books Una ventana a Cuba y los Estudios cubanos: A Window into Cuba and Cuban Studies and The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression and Women’s Poverty. Her numerous peer-review journal articles include publications in the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2011, Latin American Perspectives 2008. Social Identities 2006, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture (2004) and Cleveland Law Review (2001). She is currently working on a study examining the application of the Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act in the Inland Empire, U.S.-Mexico Border and Puerto Rico.

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