“On January 18th—MLK Day—millions of volunteers around the country will give back to their communities and we hope you will join them! Last year the Holden Center sent over 200 students, faculty and staff out into the community and this year will hope to make an even larger impact. We are working with 12 community partners: Walama Restoration, Hendricks Park, Arc of Lane County, Ophelia’s Place, St Vincent de Paul, and many more.
Registration is required and available online at serve.uoregon.edu under Service Events.
There will be two community service shifts (9-12pm and 1-4pm) on the 18th.
Thank you for working with the Holden Center and helping your community!”
Facility Open Rec Opportunities:
Women’s Only Weight Training; Monday through Friday, 3-5pm in the Fitness Block
Women’s Only Swim: Tuesday and Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm & Friday 2:00-3:00pm
Programming (sign up at the Rec Service Center):
Small Group Training: Women’s Only Olympic Lifting: Mondays and Wednesdays @ 4pm in the Fitness Block ($60/6 weeks)
Group Exercise: Women’s Only Fitness Factory WOD (Workout of the Day): Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 6:15pm (must purchase a Group X pass)
Physical Education Classes (register on Duckweb):
PEAQ 201 Women’s Swimming I: TR 13:00-13:50
PEMA 199 Women’s Self Defense: MW 12:00-12:50 & F 12:00-13:20 or TR 10:00-10:50 & F 10:00-11:20
PEW 211 Women’s Weight Training: TR 9:00-9:50
NEW WGS classes just added!
Register at http://classes/pls/prod/hwskdhnt.p_search?term=201501
– WGS 199 – Gender and Pop Culture
– WGS 331 – Sci/Technol & Gender – Fembot Women
– WGS 399 – Gender and Muslim Modernity
– WGS 410/510 – Feminist Science Fiction
– QST/ WGS 422/522 – Advanced Queer Theory & Cultural Studies
– QST/ WGS 422/522 – Explicit Sex and Politics
WGS199: Gender & Popular Culture – “Welcome to the Whedonverse:
Feminism, Fandom, and Popular Culture” – Edmond Chang
– This class will take up the challenge of reading, exploring, and critiquing popular culture through the lenses of scholarship, television, film, and everyday media. Specifically, we will look at the works and fandoms of Joss Whedon—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Avengers—to unpack and analyze the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and other formations.
WGS 331 – Gender, Science, and Technology- The Fembot, Women, and the Construction of Difference in Film and Media – Margaret Rhee In this course, we will investigate the cinematic and media representations of the female robot—the fembot. Drawing from theorist Donna Haraway’s essay, “The Cyborg Manifesto,” we will analyze representations of the robot and themes such as gendered labor, sexuality, and intimacy through a feminist and science and technology lens.
WGS 399 – Gender and Muslim Modernites – Nadia Loan This course aims to introduce students to the diversity of gender roles in various parts of the Muslim world and the role of contextual forces such as colonialism, nationalism, globalization etc. in forging gender identities. In the first half of the course we will consider how colonial and nationalist regimes participated in shaping and redefining gender relations as well as notions of the feminine in the Muslim world.
The second half of course will look more closely at the manner in which gender and identity is interwoven with and produced through new and emerging political, cultural and religious practices in the present.
WGS 410/510 – Feminist Science Fiction – Carol Stabile In the words of author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin, “SF is the only genre of literature in which it’s possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women.” Science fiction has also provided a space for feminist writers to explore relationships with science, technology, and identity, unfettered by the sexist constraints of professions or institutions and outside the generic conventions of other types of fiction.In this course, we will be looking at feminist science fiction as a form of theory, as a strategy for thinking critically about the present and imagining “what this world would be like” under different circumstances.
QST/ WGS 422/522 – Advanced Queer Theory & Cultural Studies – Edmond Chang This advanced class will offer an intensive survey of the key terms, texts, and questions of the interdisciplinary fields that make up queer theory and cultural studies, paying particular attention to recent debates and conversations. Through the lenses literature, scholarship, new and old media, and even popular culture, we will engage gender, sexuality, race, nation, (dis)ability, technology, and other identities and intersectionalities.
QST/ WGS 422/522 – Explicit Sex and Politics – Margaret Rhee This course on “Explicit Sex and Politics” draws upon the work of queer feminist writers and activists such as Kathy Acker, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Samuel Delany, Audre Lorde, and Joel Tan. Through close examination of these texts and queer theory, we will explore questions of power, culture, and representations of queer sex as activist strategy. When is “explicit” sex a feminist and queer activist strategy?
How does sex border our notions of queer activism and the “romance” of community?
Register today and secure your seat!
Hello Feminist All-Stars,
Your feminist SWAG is finally here. Stop by the ASUO Women’s Center in Mac Court to pick up your #Feminist gear.
The Line Up:
Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and bandleader combining powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Residing in Albany, NY, Taína Asili performs her social justice songs as a solo artist, and also with her a six-piece band, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, bringing love, resistance, and ancestral remembrance to venues, festivals, conferences and political events across the globe. During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country many times, toured Europe from Ireland to Germany, and has performed in Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Taína Asili has performed at many well-known festivals and venues, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Cole, Pamela Means, and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. Taína Asili’s voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor for freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.
Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs. She’s currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian and Huffington Post, has been a guest on All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, CNN, Mother Jones, and even Fox News.
When Nikole Potulsky starts to sing, the audience quiets into a focused attention that she deftly holds until she leaves the stage. With sincerity and ease, Nikole will take you to visit people you’ve never met and places you’ve never been. Strippers, fortune tellers, rural queer folks and fierce southern women. Strike lines, kitchen tables, house fires and deathbeds. Sometimes you can hear her Alabama drawl or her Great Lakes vowel shift. After a few tunes, you start to feel like you have been where she has been and you recognize yourself in her songs. Somehow by the end of the show, you feel like old friends. Nikole has performed on over 100 stages across the United States and is currently producing her debut album in Portland, Oregon.
The Mischief Mistress Jane is a 23 year old musician from Eugene, OR. Queer & trans feminist, dirty punk, dedicated basement producer. Jane does it all, she does not need your help, only your ears!
Saffron is a Eugene based rock and grunge band. Formed in 2014 when Australian guitarist/singer Alex Jackson moved permanently to Oregon. Featuring Graham Thirkil on the bass and backing vocals and Matt Kaplowitz on drums. They have played frequent shows around the Eugene area and love to entertain with original compositions and solid grooves.
OUT/LOUD is Eugene’s queer and trans women’s music festival, celebrating the music, culture, and art of queer women, transwomen, non-binary folks, femme identifying people, and AFAB individuals. This year we will be celebrating our 16th anniversary of the festival on May 20th with a musically diverse crew of locals and out of town artists on the Queer and Trans spectrum and from many cultures and backgrounds. This event is important to the University of Oregon’s vibrant LGBTQ scene as a space where we are not only validating the work of some of some of the most underrepresented groups, but also engaging in liberating play and enjoying community. In the wake of political unrest around Mississippi’s and North Carolina’s homophobic and transphobic policies, and concerning the reality of female queer and transwomen artists being paid historically less than their cisgender and/or male/masculine counterparts, supporting events like OUT/LOUD is fundamental to helping queer and trans women safely express their personhood. While we must honor the struggles of queer and transwomen of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and ages, OUT/LOUD offers us the opportunity to also celebrate this resilient group.