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October 16, 2018

“A Taste for Brown Sugar:Black Women in Pornography”-Dr. Mireille Miller-Young

Join us for the first talk of the 2018-2019 New Directions in Black Feminist Studies speaker series, organized by Dr. Shoniqua Roach in WGSS!

Friday, Oct. 19 2018
Gerlinger Lounge, 12 p.m.
University of Oregon

Talk abstract: Black women’s representations and experiences as sex workers in the pornography industry are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyperaccessible and superdisposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. In light of feminist arguments against the victimization of women by pornography, Miller-Young contends that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and deviance to achieve self-care and self-authorship. In the context of hegemonic capitalism that exploits all labor and social relations, black women’s illicit erotic labor represents one strategy for survival. In choosing pornographic sex work as a path to mobility and erotic sovereignty, this presentation explores how the increasing significance of the sexual economy as a site of work, identity formation, and political expression for women of color in the 21st century.

Speaker bio: Dr. Miller-Young is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.  She researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in US history, popular and film cultures, and the sex industries. Her book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography (Duke University Press, 2014) was awarded the Sara A. Whaley Prize for Best Book on Women and Labor by the National Women’s Studies Association and the John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book by the American Studies Association. Dr. Miller-Young was a co-convener of the Black Sexual Economies Project, a multi-year think tank at Washington University School of Law, and is a founder and convener of the New Sexualities Research Initiative at UC Santa Barbara.  Dr. Miller-Young has published in numerous anthologies, academic journals, and news outlets including Porn Archives, Queer Sex Work, Sexualities, Meridians, The New York Times, Ms., The Washington Post, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, and $pread, a sex worker magazine.  With Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Tristan Taormino, she is an editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology and has been translated into German (2014) and Spanish (2016). She is also lead editor of Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital, which is forthcoming from University of Illinois Press in 2019.
October 4, 2018

Producing Literature & Film for Queer Latinx Youth

A Film Discussion and Book Celebration

Saturday, October 13, 2018

EMU- 145 Crater Lake South Room

5:00-7:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the groundbreaking new bilingual queer Latinx children’s book, When We Love Somebody We Sing to Them, and get a sneak peek of our new short film La Serenata.

Light refreshments provided.

Call (541) 346-0900 for further assistance.

Teaching for Gender Inclusivity with Maya Gonzalez

Teachers and Parents:

Learn simple, transformative tools and frameworks for including LGBTQ2S+ kids and families. 


Friday, October 12



Downtown Eugene Public Library


Maya Gonzalez is a Queer/Chicanx artist, progressive educator, and award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books including Call Me Tree and They, She, He, Me, Free to be Be

March 26, 2018

Chương-Đài Võ , “Artist Collectives and Contemporary Art in Singapore” April 5th, 2018 from 4:30-6:00pm HEDCO building Rm 146

      Chương-Đài Võ oversees Asia Art Archive’s projects related to Southeast Asia. In addition to introducing some of the archival collections available online, she will discuss the current digitalization of the Lee Wen Archive. This collection contains the artist’s material about his practice as well as his documentation of dozens of performance art festivals from the last three decades. Vo will discuss the importance of archival material by focusing on two important artist-led initiatives that Lee has been a part of, The Artists Village and Future of Imagination, and two works that he has performed since the early 1990s, Journey of a Yellow Man and Anthropometry: Revision. These projects emphasize the importance of process, collective exchanges, and attention to the local to maintain spaces of resistance and criticality.

Lee Wen’s “Journey of a Yellow Man, No. 2: The Fire and the Sun” at Gulbarga, Karnataka, India, in December 1992. Courtesy of Lee Wen.
March 7, 2018

Ethnic Studies Course Line-Up for Spring 2018

 Ethnic Studies invites you to check out our exciting course line-up for Spring 2018! Many of our courses fulfill required group credits in American Cultures and in Social Sciences group credit for graduation! Call (541) 346-0900 with any questions about our courses or make an appointment with our faculty advisors by emailing them.


Click below for more information on Ethnic Studies’ major and minor programs:

Remember: Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon  is more than a major, it is a conscious decision to fulfill your potential in creating a more just world!

Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race and Migration in the Americas


A CLLAS symposium March 8, 2018, 9:00am-7:30pm

Full schedule HERE

or read below

Read below for Around the O ‘s article about Ethnic Studies professor, Alaí Reyes-Santos and the CLLAS symposium!

Free and Open to the Public!

Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race and Migration in the Americas


9:00 – 9:15 AM (Browsing Room)

Welcome from UO administration officials, CLLAS director, symposium coordinator.

9:20-10:30 AM (Browsing Room)

Race, Ethnicity and Diasporas
Rocio Zambrana, Claudia Holguín, Lanie Millar
Chair: Marta Maldonado

10:40-11:50 AM (Browsing Room)

Women and Gender in Latin America and U.S. Latinx communities
Vicky Falcon, Michelle McKinley, Kristin Yarris, Lynn Stephen, Gabriela Martinez
Chair: Vicky Falcon

12:00- 1:00 PM (Gerlinger Alumni Lounge)
Keynote Speaker/Lunch
“New Directions in Latinx and Latin American Studies: Archipelagos Across the Caribbean and the Pacific”
Guest: Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel
Chair: Rocio Zambrana and Lanie Millar

2:00-3:00 PM (Browsing Room)
Environmental Justice in the Americas
Judith Vega, David Vazquez and Sarah Wald, Analisa Taylor, Pedro Garcia-Caro
Chair: David Vazquez

3:10 – 4:30 PM Roundtable (Browsing Room)
“Art, Migration, and Political Activism: Caribbean and Pacific Islander Migrants in the Pacific”
[SPONSORS: Department of Ethnic Studies, the Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics, and the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies (CAPS)]
Panelists: Judith Sierra-Rivera, JoAnna Poblete, Philipp Carrasco, Ileana Rodriguez Silva, Joyce Pualani Warren, and Jannes Martinez
Chair: Alaí Reyes-Santos

4:40PM – 5:40 PM Plenary Session (Browsing Room)
“Latinx Communities: Questions, Challenges, and Transformations”
Monica Rojas, Laura Pulido, Ramona Hernández, Edwin Melendez
Chair: Gerardo Sandoval

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Gerlinger Alumni Lounge)
Riffiando: Dominican Artists in the House! A Talk/Reading/Performance
Josefina Baez, Ana-Maurine Lara, and Ernesto Lara
Coordinator: Ana-Maurine Lara

Sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS); Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics; UO College of Arts and Sciences; The Office of the Provost; Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS); Latin American Studies program; Department of English; Department of Romance Languages; Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Department of Anthropology; School of Journalism and Communication; Department of Philosophy; the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies (CAPS); the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA); Department of Ethnic Studies; and the Global Studies Institute.

Free and Open to the Public

Symposium organizer: Alaí Reyes-Santos

January 11, 2018

Professor Sharon Luk’s book release “The Life of Paper”

The Life of Paper, Letter and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity

January 26, 2018
Alder 111 in Alder Building (15th and Alder St.)
Questions or details on how to access the building : (541) 346-0900
Click HERE for interactive map

Please RSVP here before Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Department of Ethnic Studies is hosting a luncheon and book symposium highlighting the latest book release of Ethnic Studies professor, Dr. Sharon Luk.

The Life of  Paper, Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity will be discussed in the symposium by Yale University’s Dr. Dan HoSang, UC Berkely’s Dr. Colleen Lye, and University of Oregon and Ethnic Studies Professor Michael Hames-Garcia.

Dr. Luk’s book, The Life of Paper, Letters and a Poetics of Living Beyond Captivity offers a wholly original and inspiring analysis of how people facing systematic social dismantling have engaged letter correspondence to remake themselves—from bodily integrity to subjectivity and collective and spiritual being. Exploring the evolution of racism and confinement in California history, this ambitious investigation disrupts common understandings of the early detention of Chinese migrants (1880s–1920s), the internment of Japanese Americans (1930s–1940s), and the mass incarceration of African Americans (1960s–present) in its meditation on modern development and imprisonment as a way of life. Situating letters within global capitalist movements, racial logics, and overlapping modes of social control, Sharon Luk demonstrates how correspondence becomes a poetic act of reinvention and a way to live for those who are incarcerated.

The Department of Ethnic Studies presents:

“Asian Socialism, Magic Realism” presented by Dr. Colleen Lye

January 25th, 2018


Knight Browsing Room

Light refreshments provided.  Questions: (541) 346-0900


Abstract: As interest in global Maoism has gathered steam in recent years, it is perhaps something of a paradox that the Black Panther Party rather than the Asian American Movement has come to represent the most visible manifestation of global Maoism’s US reach. In some ways this is because the Asian American Movement was composed of elements at once too close and too far from the political caprices of the Chinese Communist Party itself during the contradictory period of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). If global Maoism’s consequences for an Asian American left politics remain in hindsight still indeterminate, its consequences for Asian American literature, however, were extraordinary. Indeed, a closer examination of the emergent form of Asian American literature in the 1970s conceptualized as a response to global Maoism may even open up fresh views of the wider affordances of an Asian American left politics.


Bio: Colleen Lye, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is a leading scholar in the history and politics of literature; race and U.S. empire in the Asia-Pacific; and critical theory. Alongside numerous articles and her award-winning book, America’s Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945 (Princeton UP, 2005), she is the coeditor of several special journal issues: Forms of Asia (Representations, 2007), Financialization and the Culture Industry (Representations 2014), Peripheral Realisms (MLQ 2012), The Humanities and the Crisis of the Public University (Representations 2011), and The Struggle for Public Education in California (SAQ 2011), which won the MLA’s Council of Editors of Learned Journals Award for Best Special Issue of 2011.





November 3, 2017

Renowned lawyer and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle presents “Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty in Our Stories

The Department of Ethnic Studies welcomes renowned lawyer and playwright

Mary Kathryn Nagle

“Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty in Our Stories”

 Friday, November 17, 2017


 Knight Browsing Room


Mary Kathryn Nagle is a renowned lawyer and playwright in Indian Country. She is a partner at Pipestem Law, a law firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and peoples. In 2013 she authored an amicus brief for the famous “Baby Veronica” case before the US Supreme Court and assisted with the amending of the Violence Against Women Act to include tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence. She has written numerous plays, including ManahattaFairly TraceableSliver of a Full Moon, and many others. She is the executive director of Yale University’s Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.


The Native Play Reading Group will perform a concert reading of Nagle’s play Sliver of a Full Moon on November 17, 7:00-9:00pm at the Many Nations Longhouse.—

October 19, 2017

The Department of Ethnic Studies welcomes Distinguished Professor Lisa Lowe November 2, 2017

The Department of Ethnic Studies presents Dr. Lisa Lowe “Archives, Materiality, History” for the 6th Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture on November 2, 2017 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Gumwood Room (EMU 245)

Drawing connections between the past and the present, this presentation will discuss interdisciplinary methods for constituting and interpreting archival documents and material culture in the recovery of transhemispheric links between European liberalism, settler colonialism in the Americas, the transatlantic African slave trade, and trades in Asia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she also directs the Center for the Humanities. Before teaching at Tufts, she taught at UC San Diego. She began as a scholar of comparative literature, and her research and teaching has focused especially on race, colonialism, immigration, empire, and globalization. She is the author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 1996), and co-editor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Duke UP, 1997). Her most recent book, The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke UP, 2015), is a study of settler colonialism, transatlantic African slavery, and the East Indies and China trades in goods and people as the conditions for modern European liberalism and empire.
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