Mind the Income Gap


Chavela Vargas

Licia Fiol-Matta


US Foreign Policy Cartoon 


 Statue of Liberty with No Vacancy

Immigration Cartoon

The Gender Pay Differential

A Panel Discussion

Since the late 1970s there have been significant increases in the earnings of women relative to men and yet according to the White House working women earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Recent surveys suggest that men as well as women see this as a major problem both of equality in the workplace and of opportunity overall.

Despite the narrowing of gender pay differentials, the income gap persists.
Why is this?    What are consequences for the U.S.?
And how does it affect OSU students, graduates, faculty, and staff?

There are numerous factors at work and our expert panel, held just before "Equal Pay Day," will explore the most significant causes and consequences of the gender pay differentials, including drawing on new research surveys of OSU alumni done just for this panel.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 4pm
MU La Raza Room
Oregon State University


A Queer Singer for the Nation:
Voice, Gender, and Politics in Chavela Vargas?

Licia Fiol-Matta

Monday, May 9, 2016, 5pm
Memorial Union, Journey Room
Oregon State University

Licia Fiol-Matta will discuss Chavela Vargas, who was born in Costa Rica but became Mexican out of choice, identifying with the presumptively universal Mexican sound of the bolero ranchera. She came to embody Mexico’s “queer singer for the nation,” and became  everyone’s darling during the 1960s. Fiol-Matta reviews the arc of Vargas' career, debunking the common narrative of an unspecified “dark night of the soul” derailing Vargas personally and professionally at around 1970. Fiol-Matta examines how Vargas' turn to the political repertoire makes much more sense to begin to analyze  her sudden absence from the performing and recording scenes, until her comeback as an older woman and global icon in the 1990s.

Licia Fiol-Matta is Professor of Latin American and Latino literary and cultural studies at the City University of New York. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota) and The Great Woman Singer: Voice, Gender, Thought in Puerto Rican Music (Duke, forthcoming 2016). Fiol-Matta is co-editor of the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave). Her recent publications include "Queer/Sexualities," in  Martínez-San Miguel, Sifuentes-Jáuregui, and  Belausteguigoitia, eds., Critical Terms in Latin American and Caribbean Thought (Palgrave, 2015), and “A Queer Mother for the Nation Redux: Gabriela Mistral in the Twenty-First Century,” Radical History Review (Fall 2014).

Prof. Fiol-Matta's visit is co-sponsored by the School of Writing, Literature, and Film's 'Critical Questions' Series, the Center for the Humanities, and the Horning Endowment in the Humanities.


Rethinking Grand Strategy Conference

May 13-14
Memorial Union, Journey Room

Foreign policy experts from around the world are converging on OSU for a research conference.   Overall, the participants in the Conference aim to intervene in and to help to construct an historically rich account of how Grand Strategy has developed and operated in American history. It is a project that we believe will help to establish the state of the field, make a significant scholarly intervention, and promote vigorous discussion and debate. The conference, panels, and resulting book is not only likely to make significant inroads in the fields of history and political science but also in public square humanities conversations about the U.S. role in the world, and could become a key educational resource for college level classes on the topic.

In addition to the multiple public panel discussions, the Conference will also include
a keynote by Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard historian Fredrik Logevall. 

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Rethinking Grand Strategy


Grand Immigration Strategy: Three Perspectives on Past Policies and Practices

Drs. Elizabeth Borgwardt, Christopher McKnight Nichols, and Daniel J. Tichenor

Monday, May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Oregon Historical Society

A panel of scholars will offer historical perspective on immigration debates, policies, and practices concise talks and invite questions and discussion by audience members. This history has vital importance to contemporary debates, politics, and policies regarding not just immigration and the international refugee crisis but also for shaping the U.S.'s role—and image—in the world. This program is offered as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s yearlong focus on the history of immigration.

Panelists include: Dr. Elizabeth Borgwardt, Associate Professor and Associate Professor of Law, by courtesy, Washington University, St. Louis; Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols, Assistant Professor of History and Director of Citizenship and Crisis Initiative, Oregon State University; and Dr. Daniel J. Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and Senior Scholar at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, University of Oregon.

 Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Oregon
and Oregon State University’s Rethinking Grand Strategy Conference.
Free and open to the public.