Pacific University Presents Annual Cheron Mayhall In Your Face Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8

Steven Thrasher

Pacific University's 2018 Cheron Mayhall In Your Face Lecture brings journalist and author Steven W. Thrasher to the Forest Grove Campus on Thursday, Feb. 8, to discuss “Infectious Blackness: How Racial Fear Drives America from Medicine to Politics.”

Free and open to the public, Mr. Thrasher’s talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Marsh Hall Taylor Auditorium of the university’s Forest Grove Campus (2043 College Way).

Thrasher, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s 2012 Journalist of the Year, is currently a writer at-large for the London-based Guardian newspaper. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, Rolling Stone BuzzFeed and The Advocate. Thrasher’s scholarly endeavors focus on HIV/AIDS, race and policing, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in American Studies at New York University.

Pacific’s annual In Your Face Lecture gives provocative thinkers a space to provide “outside the box” ideas that challenge or thinking, Pacific Politics & Government Department chair Jules Boykoff said. An open discussion will follow Thrasher’s presentation.

The Cheron Mayhall In Your Face Lecture is named for the late Pacific alumna Cheron Mayhall ’64, a tireless champion of community service and social justice who went on to earn her PhD at Oregon State University after developing a nutrition and educational program for Lenca Indian Children in Honduras while with the Peace Corps. Her family's support of Pacific and its Lead On campaign is helping expand inspiration, opportunity and innovation for Pacific's future.

In addition to the Mayhall family, support for the talk is provided by several entities at Pacific, including the Undergraduate Student Senate, Politics & Government Department, Center for Gender Equity, Student Multicultural Center, Poetry Club, College Democrats chapter, Black Student Union and the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Jules Boykoff at 503-352-2887 or

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018