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Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the biological, social and cultural construction of femininity, masculinity, sexuality and the ways we locate ourselves within gender systems. Interacting with factors such as race and class, gender structures the activities into which we enter in all aspects of life.
One of the highlights of the spring semester is the annual Gender Studies Symposium, organized by a committee of students, with support from faculty and staff. 

The Program Minor 

A minimum of 24 semester credits, distributed as follows:  

1) Gender Studies 200, 300, 440.
2) GEND 231 or another approved Gender Diversity course.
3) Eight additional semester credits selected from a list of approved electives.

At least 16 credits applied to the minor cannot be used for another minor or major program. In addition, at least four of the courses for the minor must be taken at Lewis & Clark.

Students interested in a Gender Studies Minor should contact the Director and/or one of the sponsoring faculty (a current list is available on the website). It is recommended that students plan early (by the end of the sophomore year) for this minor to ensure that they can schedule the required courses and the electives of their choosing.


March 5th, 2015

  • Image preview 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Change or Charity? Exploring the Potential Unintended Consequences of Doing Good

    When many of us see individuals struggling or widespread social problems, we are compelled to intervene. What happens, however, when we don’t utilize a critical lens to examine the potential unintended consequences of our well-intentioned actions? This interactive workshop will interrogate the differences between charity and change. Together, we will develop best change practices for social justice advocates and activists.

March 7th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: 50th International Fair
    Come celebrate cultural diversity with food and performances from around the world! 
    Brunch: 11am - 1pm
    Show: 2pm - 4pm

March 11th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: 34th Annual Gender Studies Symposium March 11-13, 2015
    The 34th Annual Gender Studies Symposium will explore a dual theme, illuminating the many ways in which gender and sexuality shape the foundational processes of production and consumption—and vice versa.
    until March 13
  • Image preview 3:30pm: Gender Studies Symposium Panel: Women, Work and Health in South Asia

     Lamia Karim, associate professor of anthropology, University of Oregon, “’Learning to Labor’: Female Factory Labor in Bangladesh”

    Jennifer Aengst, adjunct professor of anthropology, Portland State University, “Producing Contraception: Choice, Trust, and Women’s Work”

    Melissa Tennyson, instructor, Portland Community College, “Female Domestic Labor in Bangladesh”

  • Image preview 7:00pm: Gender Studies Symposium, Keynote Presentation: Inderpal Grewal
    Keynote Presentation: Towards a Feminist Critique of the Advanced Neoliberal Security State
    Inderpal Grewal, Yale University professor, scholar of transnational/postcolonial feminisms, globalization, and human rights

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