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Washington | September 24, 2016, 5:00 PM
D.C. Reedies Eat Pizza: an Annual Event
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3155 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia

Join D.C. Reedies for their annual pizza gathering to great old friends and new graduates. On Saturday, September 24 at 5 p.m., we'll gather at Radius Pizza in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of D.C., at 3155 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, D.C. It's important to RSVP because of limited space in the restaurant, so either register for it on Facebook or email Jonathan Make '98.

Radius features delicious, big thin-crust pizzas at a very affordable price. Many of the pizzas are named after streets in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

Join alumni of all ages plus many members of the DC Reedies Steering Committee. For those who have just graduated from Reed, the elders will pick up the price of your meal, so you'll eat free, too.

RSVP to Jonathan Make '98 via email (jmake@alumni.reed.edu) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1776706789279374/)

Washington | October 1, 2016, 5:00 PM
D.C. Reedies Book Club - October
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Washington, District of Columbia

Join the D.C. Reedies Book Club at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016, to discuss Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel "Americanah." We’ll gather at D.C. Reedies Steering Committee member Tess Lallemant '14’s home in Mt. Pleasant.

This book is a quick read about a young Nigerian woman’s return to her home country from the U.S. and resulting amorous entanglement. The book is available at the D.C. and possibly other public libraries.

If you’re interested in coming, RSVP to Jonathan Make '98 at jmake@alumni.reed.edu or visit our Facebook page. Please contact Jonathan for the address!

RSVP to Jonathan Make '98 via email (jmake@alumni.reed.edu) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/320600788283049/)

Washington

Seattle | September 14, 2016, 7:30 PM
Rainier Chapter Reading Group - September
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1126 Grand Avenue
Seattle, Washington

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
Home of Peter Greenfield '67
1126 Grand Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

French Kids Eat Everything is a witty and self-critical memoir that displays, among other things, how observation of another culture can illuminate one's view of one's own and challenge preconceptions about what is determined by culture and what by biology. In her professional life, the author is Professor, Canada Research Chair and Founding Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia's Institute for Resources, Environment  and Sustainability. Her Ph.D. is from the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Much of her extremely productive academic work focuses on "fresh water issues." But she has an alternative identity.  She has websites under the names "Karen Le Billon" (author of French Kids Eat Everything) and "Karen Bakker" (University of British Columbia Professor) and they don't cross reference each other. Still, when she writes about culture and about personal experience, her natural and social-science training and disciplined analytic skills don't appear to do any harm.

Several years ago, the author moved for a year with her husband and their daughters, aged 3 and 5, to the town in France where he grew up. French Kids Eat Everything tells the story of that year and how it affected them all. In addition to telling an engrossing story about a particular family, the author offers insights into the functioning of a culture that stands in sharp contrast to much of North American culture. Some of them, as the title implies, relate to what and how people eat (and learn to eat), while others involve family dynamics more generally, and the relationship between life within families and life in the larger social sphere.

Reading group meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and generally end around 9:30 p.m. People who have read the month’s selection are invited to come; new participants are welcome; no long-term commitment is required. If you plan to attend, please e-mail or call the hosts at least two days before the meeting, so they will know how many people to expect and so you may be notified if the location should change. Locations sometimes do change after the calendar has been sent out. Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions (petergreenfield@msn.com; 206/322-2640).

RSVP to Peter Greenfield '67 via email (petergreenfield@msn.com) or phone ((206) 322-2640)

Seattle | September 24, 2016, 3:00 PM
Diaspora Beer & Bocce Ball
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912 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

It's pizza time! Join us for pizza, beer, brats and bocce ball. If you just graduated, it’s on us! We'll have tables and bocce ball courts reserved, so come on by, join the fun, and start creating your Seattle-area Reedie community.

Rhein Haus
912 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 (in Seattle’s South Capitol Hill near Seattle University)
RSVP via our Facebook event page or email Bram Wessel '90.

Buses: 3, 4, 12, 2, and any bus that goes up Madison or to Seattle U will get you within a quarter mile. (Map)

RSVP to Bram Wessel '90 via email (bram@alumni.reed.edu) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/304280959908922/)