2015-16 Events

College Scholars Events are designed to present information about internships, distinguished scholarships, undergraduate research and other important topics.  We typically schedule two of these events per quarter. Students in College Scholars are required to attend four of these events by the end of their Senior Year.

Spring Event

Opening Night, May 13th is a College Scholars Event. There will not be a sign-up sheet at the museum. To get credit for attending the event, please send a selfie from the event to leahf@uoregon.edu. Also please include your name and UO ID number.

EC Save the Date

Tanisha Ford “The Politics of Style: Black Women, Social Movements, and Global Fashion Economies”

April 29th
Knight Library Browsing Room

Professor Tanisha Ford will give a public talk titled “The Politics of Style: Black Women, Social Movements, and Global Fashion Economies” at noon on Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Knight Library Browsing Room on the University of Oregon campus. Professor Ford will draw the talk from her new book Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, 2015). Her visit is possible through the generous support of the Department of English, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the College Scholars Program, the CSWS Women of Color Project, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, and the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Tanisha Ford is an assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her book Liberated Threads uncovers how and why black women use beauty culture and fashion as a form of resistance and cultural-political expression. From the Civil Rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a powerful tool of resistance. Whether using stiletto heels as weapons to protect against police attacks or incorporating African-themed designs into everyday wear, these fashion-forward women celebrated their identities and pushed for equality. In this thought-provoking book, Ford explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism. Focusing on the emergence of the “soul style” movement—represented in clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, and more—Liberated Threads shows that black women’s fashion choices became galvanizing symbols of gender and political liberation. Drawing from an eclectic archive, Ford offers a new way of studying how black style and Soul Power moved beyond national boundaries, sparking a global fashion phenomenon. Following celebrities, models, college students, and everyday women as they moved through fashion boutiques, beauty salons, and record stores, Ford narrates the fascinating intertwining histories of Black Freedom and fashion.

Professor Ford’s other publications have grappled with issues of race, gender and representation in popular culture; African fashion, labor, and economics in the age of social media; and hip hop culture and social activism. Her writing and cultural commentary has been featured in media outlets and publications including the The RootThe New Yorker, NPR: Code SwitchFuseNews One, New York City’s HOT 97, The Feminist WireVibe VixenFeministing,  New Black ManJournal of Southern HistoryOAH Magazine of History, and Black Camera.

Read Professor Ford’s article “SNCC Women, Denim, and the Politics of Dress.”

Organized by Courtney Thorsson, associate professor, UO Department of English.

Fall Event #2


It’s not just another requirement!

Consider the following testimonials from students:

“Reacting to the Past will immerse you in the lives and times of dynamic historical figures and events, taking you from the jubilance of victory to the shadows of espionage over the course of a term. I’ve never learned more or made such interesting friends in a general education course, and can’t recommend the experience enough.”
Daniel Palau, Junior (Major: Economics)

“The only time I’ve really loved a history class was taking Reacting to the Past. It’s one thing to sit and memorize names, dates, and places, and nearly fall asleep every day, and completely another to become Alexander Hamilton at the Constitutional Convention and realize exactly why the country is constructed the way it is — and be able to change it — or to become a Cherokee representative pleading and bargaining with Andrew Jackson to stop the Trail of Tears. RTTP is a unique experience unlike any classroom you’ve been in.”
Samantha Nesbitt, Senior (Major: Chemistry)

“For me, RTTP was the perfect balance of creativity and learning about a point in history that was critical and important. My class concerned Darwin and the Origin of Species, and so this was particularly fun for me because it incorporated science. However, it also incorporated religion, and the conflict between these two at that specific time in history, which was VERY interesting. I think the important thing for incoming students to understand is that it’s not an “acting” class. It’s an engaging learning experience that helps us better understand our past, which is really a very important thing.”     Emily Axelrod, Junior (Major: Human Physiology)

“I’m a student who primarily studies psychology and biology; but the RTTP course captured my attention.  I became as interested in politics and culture as any history major.  RTTP was a great experience and I feel lucky as a College Scholar because I was able to attend.”
Chi-Wing Ng, Junior (Major: Psychology)


Join us for discussion and FREE FOOD with Professor William Rossi and Professor Kevin Hatfield –both of whom are teaching RTTP courses next Winter.

WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 5.30-7.30 pm

WHERE: Global Scholars Hall, Room 117