This course coincides with the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society’s 40th anniversary celebration which includes a one-day symposium on feminist science fiction. Funding from the Clark Honors College’s Experimental Course Award is supporting some rare, additional opportunities for students in this class, as listed below:
- The science fiction symposium kicks off on Friday, 11/8, with an event featuring author Ursula K. Le Guin, who has agreed to be interviewed on stage by an undergraduate student and Professor Michael Hames-Garcia (Ethnic Studies). The undergraduate interviewer will be elected by the members of this class and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Professor Hames-Garcia on questions for Ms. Le Guin. All students enrolled in the class will have reserved seating for this event. Please let me know if you will be attending no later than 15 October 2013.
- Members of the class are also invited to appear on a panel at the symposium devoted to showcasing the feminist science fiction holdings at the UO Libraries, featuring student presentations on their research. This will allow students to speak with several of the authors we’ll be reading over the course of the quarter, including Suzy McKee Charnas, Kate Wilhelm, and Vonda McIntyre, all of whom will be attending the symposium. Invitations to present will be based on a review of the final project proposals students will submit on Friday, 18 October 2013.
- Groups of students can facilitate a reading group based on selected short stories with members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Eugene, providing students with an opportunity to teach in a non-traditional setting and to engage a more general audience. For more information about the Osher, see http://osher.uoregon.edu/about/index.php.