UO TeachOUT 2014

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Keynote speaker: Ivan COYOTE

ONE IN EVERY CROWD—stories to foster safety and social justice in our schools for everyone

Author and storyteller Ivan Coyote was born and raised in a large Irish Catholic family in Whitehorse, Yukon, and learned the craft of storytelling while gathered around her grandmother’s kitchen table on long northern winter nights. Ivan is the award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three screenplays and three CD’s, and a renowned live performer. Her work tackles the difficult subjects of family, class, gender identity, and social justice, always with the silver tongue of a master storyteller, an eye for the beauty found in what makes us all human, and an ear for the hilarity of life and love. Ivan’s first love is telling stories to a live audience, and over the last sixteen years she has become an audience favourite at writer’s, storytelling, poetry, spoken word, and music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. Because much of her material grapples with her life in between gender boxes, she is also often asked to speak to labour activists, social justice advocates, university and high school students, health care providers and teachers all across the continent. The Globe and Mail called Ivan “a natural-born storyteller” and Ottawa X Press said “Coyote is to CanLit what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” Toronto Star praises Coyote’s “talent for sketching the bizarre in the everyday”, and Quills Magazine says Ivan has a “distinctive and persuasive voice, a flawless sense of pacing, and an impeccable sense of story.”

Curator’s Talk: Kara Walker

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR, 97403

Curator's Talk: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and PowerCurator Jessi DiTillio discusses the scope of Kara Walker’s career, delving deeper into the artist’s interest in Antebellum history, Black memorabilia, and the relevance of the nineteenth century for contemporary race relations.

Event Funding

event fundingLooking for funding for an Explore Identity event?  Here’s is a possibility for student groups:

The Duck Events Fund

supports campus-wide student programming.

One-time awards ($100-$750) are available on a competitive

basis to any organized UO student group (ASUO, EMU, academic department, or auxiliary unit).

All cultural and educational events are considered.

 Information  is available on the EMU website: http://emu.uoregon.edu/
(scroll down on homepage)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Mary Farrington, EMU Grant Writer farring@uoregon.edu

Aaron Dixon – Black Panther Memoir

Aaron Dixon My People are RisingAaron Dixon, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, speaking about his new book, My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 4:30-5:45 PM

WHERE: Many Nations Longhouse, 1630 Columbia St., on the UO Campus.

Sponsored by the UO Department of Ethnic Studies. Contact: Professor Daniel HoSang, dhosang@uoregon.edu

UGS Explore Identity Awards

The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) will be supporting Winter and Spring  “Explore Identity” programming with a grant opportunity for instructional faculty and Level III instructional GTFs. Ten awards of up to $500 each will be available to support undergraduate co-curricular programming designed to sustain inquiry around the themes of race, ethnicity and identity. Awards may be used to support Winter or Spring 2014 courses – or to support activity associated with Academic  Residential Programs (ARPs), where those ARPs are anchored through academic coursework.

The funds can be used in any way that supports a course’s or ARP’s instructional objectives – with the exception of primarily social activities (e.g. a meal or party). Funds can be used, for instance, to take students to an event or special location, to fund a guest speaker, to buy materials for special projects, to enable the purchase of archival, etc., materials that would be prohibitively costly otherwise. Grants that entail collaboration between classes or instructors will be especially welcome. All applicants must be the instructor of record for their courses/ARPs. Matching funds from CoDaC may be available for some grants.

The guidelines are intentionally broad, aimed to spark creativity and collaboration. One of our goals in UGS is to promote the UO’s teaching mission with innovative curricular and co-curricular programming.

To apply, please submit the following items electronically to vpugs@uoregon.edu (a single PDF is best):  

  • one-page proposal, including budget   
  • course description (including course number, projected enrollment, term taught) and outline or syllabus, as well as description of any affiliated ARP
  • brief (150 word) bio describing your research interests/academic background

 As funding allows, there will be two rounds of application review:

  • December 2, 2013
  • February 17, 2014

For more information about the grants, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies:  vpugs@uoregon.edu  or (541) 346-1221

For more information about The Race Card Project™:



If you missed Michele Norris on campus . . .

Michele Norris video
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If you were unable to attend the November 13th event with Michele Norris, you can watch her talk and the performance by Rehearsals for Life.

We invite you to add your six word story about race or identity to The Race Card Project as part of the On Location at the University of Oregon section — and read what others have submitted.

And check out the calendar to the right for other Explore Identity activities and events!

Continue the Conversation


The Race Card Project: Let’s keep the conversation going . . .

A series of Continue the Conversation sessions to discuss The Grace of Silence and The Race Card Project are scheduled this month:

Monday Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 20  at noon
Wednesday Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.

All sessions will take place in the Center on Diversity and Community office space in 54 Susan Campbell Hall.  Please RSVP to UOExploreidentity@gmail.com.

People who were unable to make the Michele Norris event are still welcome to attend the Continue the Conversation sessions.