Activities

The AEI hosts activities and coordinates a volunteer program throughout each term that brings students together to build international understanding through service. There are many opportunities each week for you to enjoy. At the AEI, you not only get the best academic experience possible, but we offer many types of social, cultural, recreational, and fun activities that will help you practice your English, outside of the classroom. Join the AEI Student Volunteer Program to help plan activities and connect with the community through various hands-on service learning experiences. Come join us for fun, friends and conversation!

  • Dozens of recreational activities each term
  • Cultural events such as coffee hour, cooking classes, and more
  • Trips to Portland, the Oregon 
Coast, Crater Lake, and Skiing

Aug 24
Willamette River Festival11:00 a.m.

Get to know your Willamette River and enjoy a celebration of history, culture, ecology and recreation! Learn more about the indigenous cultural history in the Willamette Valley...
August 24 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Alton Baker Park

Get to know your Willamette River and enjoy a celebration of history, culture, ecology and recreation! Learn more about the indigenous cultural history in the Willamette Valley and connect to the river by walking, pedaling, or paddling your way around the festival. Enjoy a variety of fun and family friendly interactive games and activities!

Sign-up: None required for festival, but sign-ups ARE REQUIRED FOR the following activities (go to our website to sign up: https://willametteriverfest.org/:

- Race (upriver-downriver, or just downriver)

- Bike tours (upstream art in Springfield, and Talking Stone tours of Native Kalapuya language in Wilamut Natural Area)

- Raft trips down the Willamette River

Aug 25
Café Tacvba8:00 p.m.

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU| Café Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of...
August 25 8:00 p.m.
Keller Auditorium - Portland

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|

Café Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and indeed one of the most influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America, spearheading a non-conformist musical movement with their blending of elements such as rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music. 

Aug 26
Border Lands 2019, A Sketchbook Journey by Betty LaDuke7:00 a.m.

The EMU's Visual Arts Team is excited to welcome Oregon artist Betty LaDuke's latest exhibit, on view for the first time ever: Border Lands 2019, A Sketchbook Journey. On...
July 31–September 18
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Aperture Gallery

The EMU's Visual Arts Team is excited to welcome Oregon artist Betty LaDuke's latest exhibit, on view for the first time ever: Border Lands 2019, A Sketchbook Journey. On view Summer 2019 in the Aperture Gallery. Artist Statement: Border Lands 2019, A Sketchbook Journey is an experience on both sides of the Arizona and Mexico borders. Migrants and asylum seekers, individuals and families from Mexico and Central America desperately seek the American Dream of safety and opportunity. The sketches are amplified with the text to tell their story as well as the humanitarian aid migrants receive from several nonprofit organizations, including the Samaritans, Humane Borders, No More Deaths, Kino Border Initiative, and the Border Community Alliance. The Sisters of Notre Dame in Douglas, Arizona have a presence in the border lands providing their hospotality to all who hunger, thirst, and are in need of compassion. The goal of all these groups is building bridges, not walls.  As an artist, the sketchbook is my primary means for recording first-hand expericence and events. Later, in my studio, I transporm select sketches into wood panels. These social justice panels frequently become circulating exhibitions at educational institutions and community art centers, and permanent public installations.

Aug 26
Murshed Summer: Student Artists in Our Galleries7:00 a.m.

  Murshed Summer: Student Artists in Our Galleries Artist statement My recent artwork is a series of current student and alumni artists from the University of Oregon who...
July 17–September 20
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Adell McMillan Gallery

 

Murshed Summer: Student Artists in Our Galleries Artist statement My recent artwork is a series of current student and alumni artists from the University of Oregon who also exhibited art in the Erb Memorial Union's galleries. I painted portraits of them with their art; in the background of each portrait I honored their work that was exhibited in one of the EMU’s two galleries: the Adell McMillan Gallery and the Aperture Gallery.  I enjoyed the process of doing this because it was challenging due to researching what their artwork looks like, how they do it, and how they got there. They each have their own inspiring story, and it was an honor to paint them. Student and alumni artists featured in this exhibit include: Mohamed Murshed (self-portrait) and Ugo Akabike, Daniela Cardenas-Riumallo, Elexus Greene, Polly Irungu, Jasmine Jackson, Jenny Kroik, Meerah Powell, Grace Kwon, Anne Magratten, Sophie Navarro, Sergio B. Sanchez, Allison Shukis, Mary Vertulfo, and Andrew Young. Biography My name is Mohamed Murshed, I was born and raised in Sana’a, Yemen; it’s a country right below Saudi Arabia. In my childhood, while living with my parents and my little brother, the neighborhood was lively and full of friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, many of them died because of the civil wars that took place in Yemen and the Youth Revolution in 2011, especially the devastating civil war since 2015. I moved to the states in 2012 during the Arab Spring and saw a lot of my closest friends killed in front of me before I left. I consider myself one of the lucky ones able to escape war before it was too late for my family and me. I moved to Salem and then Eugene to enroll in school and find work. I found myself graduating with a Bachelors of Art and Technology and currently furthering my degree at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). I work with paint, sculpture, video, sound, programming for art, and video games. I am interested in challenging myself and in trying things that I haven’t done before. In my art, I try to bring awareness to the issues in Yemen and find help to unpack the layers of my Trauma. Instagram @mnmurshed     Facebook MoGeZe

Aug 27
"How I Got Here" Speaker Series with Marcus Langford, Associate Dean of Studentsnoon

Register HERE and come join us for the next session of the "How I Got Here" speaker series. This time we are thrilled to be featuring one of our student life colleagues,...
August 27 noon–1:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Lease Crutcher Lewis

Register HERE and come join us for the next session of the "How I Got Here" speaker series. This time we are thrilled to be featuring one of our student life colleagues, Marcus Langford! Bring your lunch, share some time with colleagues and learn more about the folks in the Division of Student Life.

Marcus Langford is an Associate Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students. Marcus provides support and oversight for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Multicultural & Identity Based Support Services (LGBT Education and Support Services, Nontraditional and Veteran Student Support Services, the ASUO Men’s Center, Multicultural Engagement, Education, and Student Success, and the Women’s Center) in addition to coordinating Respondent Support Services, and coordinating Bias Education and Response Team. 
 
In his role as Associate Dean, Marcus is fortunate to work with and support a number of staff as they work to create opportunities for connection and meaningful engagement experiences for students across campus, in hopes that they will be compelled to become productive citizens of the world. Two of the things he enjoys most about working in higher education is the opportunity to support and mentor staff, and work with and students who are on the journey to discovering and ultimately become their best selves.
 
Marcus joined the Office of the Dean of Students in 2017. Prior to coming to the UO, over the span of 16 years in higher education he has served in a number of roles with experiences in a variety of areas including academic intervention, advising, campus programming, leadership development, multicultural affairs, orientation/new student programs, student involvement/organizations, and veteran student affairs.

Aug 28
Common Adventure: Annual Mt. Adams Camping/Rafting/Caving Trip7:00 a.m.

The annual camping trip extravaganza near Mt. Adams in Washington State is back! It will be five night-long trip, filled with rafting on the White Salmon River, hiking,...
August 28 7:00 a.m.

The annual camping trip extravaganza near Mt. Adams in Washington State is back! It will be five night-long trip, filled with rafting on the White Salmon River, hiking, stargazing, caving, fishing, swimming, soaking in hot-springs, rappelling off a waterfall (if we have the skills!), eating like royalty, viewing the entire Cascade Mountain Range from an old fire lookout, and exploring 2 unnamed waterfalls recently found within miles from our campsite. For the second year in a row, we will also be visiting the ECETI “UFO Ranch” to search for UFOs! Whether you're a returning veteran of the Mt. Adams trip or this is your first time, you won't want to miss once in a lifetime (or once a year) opportunity! 

Mandatory Pre-trip: August 11th, 8:00 p.m., Outdoor Program Rental Barn.

Cost: $175 deposit due at pre-trip meeting

Aug 29
Gov't Mule8:00 p.m.

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|
August 29 8:00 p.m.
McDonald Theatre

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|

Aug 31
Floydian Slips8:00 p.m.

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|
August 31 8:00 p.m.
Cuthbert Amphitheater

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|

Sep 4
Mariachi Flor de Toloache8:00 p.m.

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU| The Springfield High School Mariachi Band will be opening for Mariachi Flor de Toloache! Latin Grammy...
September 4 8:00 p.m.
Hult Center for the Performing Arts

|ON SALE AT THE UO TICKET OFFICE IN THE EMU|

The Springfield High School Mariachi Band will be opening for Mariachi Flor de Toloache!

Latin Grammy winner Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos & Shae Fiol. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today, Flor De Toloache performs mostly as a four-piece Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.

Over the course of the last few years, Flor de Toloache’s performances have illuminated world renowned stages in Europe and Asia. In 2015 & 2016, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. After performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry) and Coachella. In 2017 Flor de Toloache also completed a beautiful US tour with Mexican Icons Cafe Tacvba as well as a celebratory Day of the Dead tour with Grammy winning act La Santa Cecilia and Mexrrissey and a fund raiser with Natalia Lafourcade, Mon Laferte, Carlos Rivera and Gaby Moreno at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Upcoming shows include ACL Festival in Austin TX, a stint in Alaska with Ozomatli and upcoming dates with Ana Tijoux.

Flor De Toloache’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” in 2015. Sharing the podium with legends Pedro Fernández and Aida Cuevas was an embrace from the Latin Music Community. In 2017 their latest album “Las Caras Lindas” released won the Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero album which features collaborations with Pedrito Martinez, Velcro and was produced by Felipe Fournier.

The group’s live performances are praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, The New York Times. Following a highly praised NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert”, their collaboration with rock supergroup The Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland.

Ran by NYC Salsa powerhouse Los Hacheros’ leader, Jacob Plasse, Chulo Records, the home of the band’s new record “Las Caras Lindas” was also the connecting bridge between Mariachi Flor De Toloache and The Arcs, with whom Flor De Toloache recorded “Yours, Dreamily,” released in the fall of 2015. Also recently released were collaborations and featured appearances of Flor De Toloache on Chicano Batman ’s new album “Freedom is Free”, No Te Va Gustar ‘s new album “Suenan Las Alarmas”, the band’s special arrangement of “That’s What I Want for Christmas” on Paul Mcartney’s production “Holiday Rules Vol. 2” which also features acts such as The Roots, Norah Jones, and The Decemberists, and Luba Mason ’s new record “Mixtura” – produced by Jimmy Haslip and Luba Mason. More releases included three collaborations with Fania Records recorded and filmed live for the legendary label.

Sep 5
Mariachi Flor de Toloache - Portland7:30 p.m.

atin Grammy® winners Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its first and only all-women mariachi group. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I....
September 5 7:30 p.m.
Newmark Theatre

atin Grammy® winners Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its first and only all-women mariachi group. Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos & Shae Fiol. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio: harp, violin and vihuela. Today, Flor De Toloache performs mostly as a four-piece Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.

Over the course of the last few years, Flor de Toloache’s performances have illuminated world renowned stages in Europe and Asia. In 2015 & 2016, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. After performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry) and Coachella. In 2017 Flor de Toloache also completed a beautiful US tour with Mexican Icons Cafe Tacvba as well as a celebratory Day of the Dead tour with Grammy winning act La Santa Cecilia and Mexrrissey and a fund raiser with Natalia Lafourcade, Mon Laferte, Carlos Rivera and Gaby Moreno at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Upcoming shows include ACL Festival in Austin TX, a stint in Alaska with Ozomatli and upcoming dates with Ana Tijoux.

Flor De Toloache’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” in 2015. Sharing the podium with legends Pedro Fernández and Aida Cuevas was an embrace from the Latin Music Community. In 2017 their latest album Las Caras Lindas won the Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero album which features collaborations with Pedrito Martinez, Velcro and was produced by Felipe Fournier.

The group’s live performances are praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, and The New York Times. Following a highly praised NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, their collaboration with rock supergroup The Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland.

Run by NYC Salsa powerhouse Los Hacheros’ leader, Jacob Plasse, Chulo Records, the home of the band’s new record Las Caras Lindas was also the connecting bridge between Mariachi Flor De Toloache and The Arcs, with whom Flor De Toloache recorded “Yours, Dreamily,” released in the fall of 2015. Also recently released were collaborations and featured appearances of Flor De Toloache on Chicano Batman ’s new album Freedom is Free, No Te Va Gustar ‘s new album Suenan Las Alarmas, the band’s special arrangement of “That’s What I Want for Christmas” on Paul Mcartney’s production Holiday Rules Vol. 2—which also features acts such as The Roots, Norah Jones, and The Decemberists—and Luba Mason’s new record Mixtura—produced by Jimmy Haslip and Luba Mason. More releases included three collaborations with Fania Records recorded and filmed live for the legendary label.