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Women's and Gender Studies

Our interdisciplinary program is a place of vibrant learning where we challenge students to think critically about gender-related issues, to learn about the world through the lens of feminism and to become passionate about issues of social equality.

Since the late 20th century, feminist scholarship has explored the important, but sometimes hidden, ways that gender and gender inequality shape and are shaped by our cultural, social and personal worlds. More recent developments in the field recognize that these concerns are intricately connected with other dimensions of social power and identity, such as race, class, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Engaging courses taught by expert faculty from multiple disciplines as well as opportunities for internships and research allow our students to address the intersections of gender and other social variables through classroom and real-world settings.

The Feminist Film Series has been re-animated, with the support of programs of Women's and Gender Studies, American Ethnic Studies, and Film Studies, and the departments of History, Politics, Civic Communications and Media, and others to be announced.  

Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm, Sarah Polley (dir). "Stories We Tell"
McIntire Auditorium (Smullin B17)
Director Sarah Polley grew up teased by her siblings for not resembling her father. In "Stories We Tell," she investigates family secrets and stories, exploring the dynamics of memory, narrative, and documentary film in the process. Post-film discussion facilitated by Professor Leslie Dunlap.

Friday, February 12, 3:30pm, Ford Theater
Professor Maegan Parker Brooks (Civic Communications and Media) will present a screening of "This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer ,"(2015), and share clips from a forthcoming documentary, "Fannie," based on Brooks's book on Hamer and relationship with Hamer's family.  

Friday, March 11, 3:30 pm, Ford Theater
National Film Critics Society critic Rob Nelson will screen selected works of Academy Award-winning documentary-maker Barbara Kopple, comparing her early films on militant strikes to her newer work on celebrities, including Mariel Hemingway, and most recently soul performer Miss Sharon Jones.  Is Kopple's focus on the wealthy and celebrities an extension of, or departure from, her earlier radical commitments?  (Nelson will also speak to the recent surge of interest in documentary at the Sundance Film Festival where he is in attendance, and his own work as a film critic, juror, and curator of documentary festivals).  

Friday, April 1, 7:00 pm, Ford Theater
Director Melissa Lowery will screen and discuss her documentary "Black Girl in Suburbia" (2015), which documents her experience growing up in West Linn outside of Portland.  Lowery will also discuss her trajectory from Pacific University Media Studies and Sociology major to filmmaker.  Refreshments will be served.

There will be two additional screenings in April.