Agents of Change

agents-of-change-poster-for-uaUnited Academics is excited to present this award winning documentary about student activism in the late 1960s. The stories of students of color at San Francisco State and Cornell rising up and demanding reforms to their colleges echo the renewed student activism we see today. We believe these stories illuminate the ongoing struggle, as students seek to make their educational experience relevant to where they come from and where they are.

Please join us on October 20 in 156 Straub from 6-8 pm for the film and a panel discussion of student activism on the University of Oregon campus.

General Membership Meeting

Our Fall term General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 29. Dinner will be available at 5 pm and the meeting will run from 5:30 to 7 pm. We are in Gerlinger Lounge.

Cherríe Moraga: Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Our friends at the Center for Women in Society are sponsoring a visit from Cherríe Morgana. From their Facebook page:

CSWS is honored and thrilled to announce that esteemed and iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright Cherríe Moraga will deliver our keynote Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties!

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO campus for her keynote address. (She will also lead an activist methods workshop for faculty and graduate students from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14 at the Many Nations Longhouse; an RSVP is required for that event)

Maestra Moraga has been an artist-in-residence at the Stanford University Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity for nearly twenty years. A poet, playwright-director, writer-essayist, educator, and cultural activist, she is also the co-editor of the seminal anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Foundation’s “Pioneer” award, among many other honors.

Brown University and Family-Friendly Scheduling

Family-Friendly Scheduling

Union activist Debbie Green passed on a memo from the Brown University administration reminding Department Chairs and Program Directors that evening meetings and events cause problems for many faculty, especially junior faculty and women faculty members. Read the full memo.

Best Practices for Chairs and Directors

Recognize that 5:30 is not a time at which "everyone is free."

Acknowledge the challenges (logistically, financially, and interpersonally) that 5:30 events and late afternoon teaching blocks pose to faculty with family responsibilities.

Distinguish between programming meant to serve the broader community and programming meant to bolster the research capacity of the faculty. Programming in the latter category should happen during the workday.

Vary the times of workshops, seminars, and lectures so that the same people are not perpetually excluded.

Accommodate faculty with family responsibilities by creating opportunities for workday interactions (e.g. coffees, lunches) with visiting scholars. In particular, make sure that junior faculty with family responsibilities do not miss the professional development or networking opportunities essential for tenure.

Enfranchise faculty by making sure that departmental governance and other essential activities take place during the workday.

Advocate for family-friendly policies, including efforts to reconfigure the scheduling grid with new seminar times.