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Africanists United

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There are three things to remember about Africa: Africa is huge, Africa is diverse and Africa is full of hope and promise. So says Janis Weeks, interim director of the African Studies Program at the UO.

Neuroscientist Janis Weeks with a child from Mariele Children's Home, an orphanage in Zimbabwe.

Reinventing Knowledge

A book entitled, "Reinventing Knowledge"

Join history professor Ian McNeely in an entertaining and enlightening survey of the key institutions that have organized knowledge in the West, from the classical period onward.

Ethnography Goes Digital

Ethnography.jpgIn January 2006, a group of women in Oaxaca, Mexico took over television and radio stations in support of striking teachers who were being brutalized by state police and paramilitary groups. And now UO faculty and graduate students have developed a website called “Making Rights a Reality,” which gives a direct voice to those who participated in and observed this protest.

Latin American Explorations

Painted Aztec warriors

Latin America is a region characterized by a rich mixture of peoples, cultures, languages and traditions — and an increasing influence on the world stage. Consider Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela and their political and/or economic reach.

Not an Equal Opportunity Hurricane

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UO Sociologist Jim Elliott knows just how devastating Hurricane Katrina was; he was there.

The Incredible Shrinking Lesbian World

 To loud applause from a raucous — and mostly female — audience, the UO celebrated a triple play of sorts last spring: the launch of a new Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, a new Queer Studies minor and a brand-new lecture series on lesbian studies.

Online Extras

Gödel, Escher, Bach

A comment iconRead about a UO alum's provocative book, plus his further explorations into cognition.

The Perpendicular

A comment iconFind out why Mark Thoma's economics blog is a must-read.

Humanists Stake Their Claim

An audio icon Read the Q&A from our lively humanities roundtable and/or listen to the entire discussion.

Post Your Klonoski Tribute

A comment iconAdd your own remembrance and learn about the reinstated dollar check-off (a Klonoski point of pride).

A Pakistan Primer

A comment iconThe last two years have been turbulent, even by Pakistan's standards. 

McNeely's Talk at Google

A video icon Watch Ian McNeely's talk at Google, Inc. and read a chapter from his book, Reinventing Knowledge.

Math Does Windows

A camera iconCheck out the dazzling "math windows" in Deady Hall.

Fairy Tales for Modern Times

A comment icon A while back, in a city that shall remain nameless, lived a media mogul, his trophy wife, and their daughter...

Visitors from Malawi, Kenya and Nepal

A video iconWatch video interviews with engineers who came to the UO for a computer networking workshop.