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Sylvanna M. Falcón lecture: "Finding 'Light born in darkness': The Urgency of Feminist Activism in These Times"

Thursday, February 6 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Dr. Sylvanna M. Falcón is an associate professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies and the director of the Research Center for the Americas at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching interests are in human rights activism, transnational feminism, racism and antiracism, and transitional justice in Peru. She is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), winner of the National Women’s Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Award, and the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011). She is a former UN co-consultant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. She is also the producer and host of a weekly public affairs radio program called Voces Críticas/ Critical Voices, which seeks to decolonize the university one broadcast at a time.

Falcón’s talk is the second event in the 2019-20 Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, presented by the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS). Six outstanding speakers—ranging from scholars of theatre and performance arts to the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement—will deliver talks on the theme of “Gender, Power and Grief.”

“On a daily basis, we bear witness to the state-sponsored violence that renders the loss of certain lives and communities unworthy of grief,” said CSWS director Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor, UO School of Law. McKinley said the roster of speakers for this year’s Lorwin Lectureship seeks both to honor the process of grief and the cultural practices of bereavement. “They show us that in a time where much of the state apparatus is structured to demean poor people—loving, honoring and grieving those bodies, and acknowledging what we have lost, is a radical emotional act,” she said.

Lorwin Lectureship events will run through June 4, 2020, at University of Oregon. Event details, including cosponsors, can be found on the CSWS website at

The Lorwin Lectureship on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is funded by a gift from Val and Madge Lorwin to the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture


Center for the Study of Women in Society

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public





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