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Slam poet and UO English major Alex Dang to perform at TEDx April 19

tumblr_static_nps2Slam poet and English major Alex Dang will perform at TEDx April 19. Alex is one of 8 students selected to present their “idea worth spreading.”

The University of Oregon’s Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) and the Division of Student Affairs will bring TED’s movement of “ideas worth spreading” to campus April 19 in Beall Hall. The theme for TEDxUOregon is “Intersections: Diversity is Critical to Creativity.”

Tickets are available through the EMU ticket office.

Alex is also the founder of the UO English Poetry Slam Team.

New York Times features Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change”

CLIMATENOVELS-master675The New York Times story, “Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis,” features Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change.” Professor LeMenager is the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English.

UO Surpasses Goal for Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

As a whole, UO collected 3,850 pounds of donated food and over $42,000 in donated cash, payroll deductions, and chocolate sales for a total of 198,909.44 pounds of food for the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. This year’s goal was to raise 175,000 pounds.



Women’s Work: A Work-in-Print talk with Courtney Thorsson

Apr 23

Thorsson Women's WorkUO English presents “Women’s Work: A Work-in-Print talk with Courtney Thorsson” Wednesday, April 23 in 448 PLC at 3:30 pm.

Courtney Thorsson will discuss her book, Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels (2013), which reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women.


Reflections Unheard: Black Women In Civil Rights

Apr 24


Reflections UnheardA screening of the documentary film Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights will take place on April 24, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Following the screening, Melissa Stuckey (History) will moderate a Q & A with Nevline Nnaji, director and producer of Reflections Unheard.




People (view all)

Priscilla Peña Ovalle

ovalle_HuffPostLive-screengrabHuff Post Live: “Dance Like a Pro At Any Weight,” featuring Professor Priscilla Peña Ovalle. 

Huff Post Live’s Nancy Redd interviews dancer and founder of the No Body Shame Campaign Whitney Thore who learned she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome after gaining 200 pounds in college—but it didn’t stop her from dancing. Professor Ovalle and Roslyn Mays join their discussion. (more…)

Programs (view all)

History of the UO Composition Program

Clarify Your Vision, Then Write: Reflections on the History of the University of Oregon Composition Program tells the story of how writing has been taught to UO undergraduates since the founding of the University in 1876.  Written by Professor John Gage, this booklet traces the continuity of the program’s focus on progressive rhetorical pedagogy and argumentative writing, and the changes that have made the program what it is today.  (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)

The Local News

Author:  Miriam Gershow

Miriam Gershow’s novel, The Local News, is the story of Lydia Pasternak, a bookish 15-year-old who struggles with the disappearance of the older brother she never really liked.