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The CSWS Acker-Morgen Memorial Lectureship

The Center for the Study of Women in Society's Acker-Morgen Memorial Lectureship honors two powerful feminist voices, CSWS founding director Joan Acker and longtime center director Sandra Morgen, both of whom passed away in 2016.


This annual lecture series commemorates their legacies by bringing to the University of Oregon campus renowned feminist scholars who work on issues of economic justice and gender equity – issues that were very near and dear to both Joan and Sandi.  


Every gift made via this website, or check mailed to us designated for this fund, will allow CSWS to plan for lectures in Joan Acker’s and Sandi Morgen’s names for years to come.


You can support the Acker-Morgen Memorial Lectureship with a gift of any amount.


Thank you for your fierce, feminist support! 




The inaugural Acker-Morgen lecture was held in 2017. Invited speakers have included Evelyn Nakano Glenn, professor emerita of the Graduate School and founding director of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California.



Joan Acker
Joan Acker

Joan Acker

A pathbreaking feminist researcher, Joan Acker was a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, where she taught for nearly three decades. In 1973, she helped establish what is now the Center for the Study of Women in Society, which she directed until 1986. Her books on gender and class include Doing Comparable Worth: Gender, Class, and Pay Equity; Class Questions: Feminist Answers; and Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform (co-authored with Sandra Morgen and Jill Weigt). Her many honors and awards included sociology’s top award, the American Sociological Association Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award.



Sandra Morgen

Sandra Morgen

A pioneer in feminist anthropology, Sandra Morgen began teaching at UO in 1991 as an associate professor of sociology, moving to the anthropology department in 2002. She served as director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society from 1991-2006 and later held leadership roles in the graduate school before returning to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. In addition to co-authoring Stretched Thin, Morgen also published Into Our Own Hands: The Women’s Health Movement in the U.S. 1969-1990, winner of the Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology in 2004. She helped found the Society for North American Anthropology, which honored her in 2003 for outstanding contributions to anthropology in the U.S.



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