Upcoming Events and Opportunities

See what’s happening in connection to Common Reading

This page will be updated as events and event details are announced.


Helena María Viramontes’ Visits the UO, October 21-23, 2019

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Clark Honors College (CHC) Faculty-Student Welcome Panel: Contexts of Under the Feet of Jesus.
Friday, September 27, 10-11:30am
Chapman 220
Join professors for a lively, interdisciplinary panel discussion — with Q&A — on this year’s Common Reading book. The panel will be include student-led breakout sessions to share your thoughts with classmates and CHC peers. Light refreshments provided.

Contexts for Teaching Under the Feet of Jesus
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
1:00-3:00 p.m., Ford Alumni Center Ballroom
Register via MyTrackRefreshments served
Join the UO Common Reading Program and TEP to launch next year’s book, Under the Feet of Jesus, by Helena María Viramontes. The event will include presentations by Professors Sarah Wald and David Vázquez, who will offer key contexts for the novel and share their experiences drawing out and preparing students to work with key themes like environmental justice, farm labor, and Chicana feminisms. Participants will receive a copy of the novel and a guide to teaching it developed by Professor Wald and her graduate students, with feedback from faculty experts across the disciplines. Don’t miss this special opportunity to talk with colleagues about how we can teach such a rich work in community with one another.



Events Associated with the 2018-2019 Common Reading book selection, The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui:


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month! Check out the many events hosted by the student groups, campus programs and departments, and many others!









  • February 25-March 8, Laverne Krauss Gallery, Lawrence Hall, BFA Student ExhibitionFamily: Personal Responses to The Best We Can Do. Closing reception, March 7, 5-6PM





  • April 18, Lane Community College’s Career Pathways, Community Forum — Opening Doors: Connecting Career & Employment Opportunities for Immigrants of Lane County


  • May 21, Oregon Humanities Center with Danielle Allen












  • February 1, 2:00-3:30PM, Knight Library 101, Teaching Engagement Program, Faculty and GE Workshop on Engaging Comics in the Classroom. Facilitated by Thi Bui.


  • February 1, 11AM-Noon, PLC 180, Live reading of The Best We Could Do with Thi Bui. Followed by Q&A.


  • January 31, 6PM, EMU Multicultural Center, Vietnamese Student Association led discussion of The Best We Could Do and Thi Bui’s public conversation. All students invited.


  • January 31, 4:00pm, Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom, Thi Bui in Public Conversation with Dr. Tuong Vu (Political Science) and Dr. Lynn Fujiwara (Ethnic Studies). Livestream to LLC 101.  Opening remarks by Doneka Scott, UO’s Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, and Julie Voelker-Morris, Common Reading Faculty Fellow.


  • January 30, 5:30-8PM, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Artist Reception and Book Signing featuring Thi Bui and Ann Le.
    5:45 –
    Opening remarks by Jill Hartz, Ann Le, and Thi Bui.   6:20— Book signing.



  • December 3, 3:30-4:45pm, Jane Grant Conference Room, Hendricks Hall 330, The Center for the Study of Women in Society’s The Best We Could Do Reading Group led by Dr. Lynn Fujiwara











  • September 21, 9-11am, Matthew Knight Arena, College Block for all students. Make art, engage with digital media, and learn more about the 2018-2019 Common Reading selection. A special room on the 4th floor of the Ford Alumni Center will be set aside for students to informally discuss Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do with other students and faculty.




  • September 13, TBD, Common Reading tabling at UO Summit for Academic Leaders.



  • May 14, 2018, 4:00PM, Knight Library Browsing Room, Public Reading by Susan Choi, Author of The Foreign Student, My Education, Person of Interest, and American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize







2017-2018 Events and Opportunities

Ongoing Events



  • Ongoing Event: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Many Nations Longhouse, Sahaptin/Ichishkiin class with Regan Anderson









  • May 11, Time TBD, Kalapuya Ilihi Hall Dedication Ceremony


  • May 11th-13th, Native American Student Union (NASU) presents the 49th Annual Mother’s Day Powwow and Salmon Bake


  • May 14, 2018, 4:00PM, Knight Library Browsing Room, Public Reading by Susan Choi, Author of The Foreign Student, My Education, Person of Interest, and American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize








  • April 22, 2018, Submissions due for “Honoring Our Rivers” contest for student submissions of art, photography, poetry, and writing.






  • March 13th, 2018, Oregon Humanities Center presents Robin Wall Kimmerer (Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment) as the 2017-18 Clark Lecture





  • Ongoing Event: Global Scholars Hall lobby exhibit, We Just Keep Going, a first-year student exhibit responding to themes from Louise Erdrich’s The Round House.
    • Exhibit will be open December 1, 2017 – February 3, 2018





  • February 2, 3-4:30PM, Straub 156. Joy Harjo Poetry Reading. Sponsored by CSWS, NAS, UGS in collaboration with the Eugene Public Library




  • University of Oregon Native American Heritage Month Events
    • Events listed below, sponsored by the Native American Studies and the Division of Equity and Inclusion.

      List of events sponsored by the Native American Studies Department relating to the Native American Heritage Month at the University of Oregon.





  • November 14, 12-1:30 PM, Many Nations Longhouse. “Oregon Indian History Research Presentations” with Jennifer O’Neal, Special Collections and University Archivist



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  • November 7, and 21st, 5-8 PM, Many Nations Longhouse. NDN Taco Tuesdays and Movie Night



  • November 10, 6-7:30, Many Nations Longhouse. Beading with Beth Dyea