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News and Events

Annual Ranier Chapter Picnic

Sunday July 27th, 3:00PM, Madrona Park in Seattle
It's time once again for the annual Reed College Alumni: Rainier Chapter Summer Picnic! Same time and place as always Madrona Park, 853 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle Shelter #1. All are welcome, rain or shine. It's a potluck, but we’ll have outdoor games, utensils and soft drinks, smoked meats, etc. (There will be vegetarian options, but if you have further dietary requirements, you might want to BYO just in case.)
You can RSVP here if you like, but no RSVP is required. Yes, even if you think of it at the last minute on Sunday, come by anyway!
Hope to see you there!

Thirsty Third Thursday
Share conversation and comestibles with fellow Reedies on Thirsty Third Thursday. Look for the pink table-top sign and the stuffed griffin at a pub/bar/restaurant near you.

If you want to see where other Thirsty Third Thursday events are happening, check here.

Reading group
Reading group meetings start at 7:30 p.m and generally end around 9:30 p.m   New participants are welcome.  People who have read the month’s selection are welcome to come; 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 to let them know you expect to attend and to confirm the location.  Locations sometimes change after the calendar has been sent out.  Contact Peter Greenfield ’67 with questions or suggestions (; 206/322-2640.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Scenes of a Clerical Life,” by George Eliot

Horne of Barbara Carter Radin '75
8815 42
nd A venue NE, Seattle 98115

(206) 523-2484

This was George Eliot’s first published work of fiction.  After receiving a copy of the book from its publisher, and before the identity of the author was revealed, Charles Dickens wrote to the author, through the publisher, as follows:  “I have been so strongly affected by the two first tales in the book you have had the kindness to send me, through Messrs. Blackwood, that I hope you will excuse my writing to you to express my admiration of their extraordinary merit. The exquisite truth and delicacy both of the humour and the pathos of these stories, I have never seen the like of; and they have impressed me in a manner that I should find it very difficult to describe to you, if I had the impertinence to try.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

“Out of the Dark,” by Patrick Modiano

Location to be announced.

“Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, is the author of more than thirty books and one of France’s most admired contemporary novelists. ‘Out of the Dark’ [‘Du plus loin de l’oubli’] is a moody, expertly rendered tale of a love affair between two drifters.  The narrator, writing in 1995, looks back thirty years to a time when, having abandoned his studies and selling off old art books to get by, he comes to know Gérard Van Bever and Jacqueline, a young, enigmatic couple who seem to live off roulette winnings. He falls in love with Jacqueline; they run off to England together, where they share a few sad, aimless months, until one day she disappears. Fifteen years later, in Paris, they meet again . . . .   A profoundly affecting novel, ‘Out of the Dark’ is poignant, strange, delicate, melancholy, and sadly hilarious.”  (Note on the website of a large, online company)

Patrick Modiano is “the greatest French writer alive” and “Out of the Dark” is among his “top tier novels . . . .”  Julien Bisson. "Patrick Modiano: Literary Giant" France Today (Nov. 2011):

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Steering Committee

To contact the chapter, send email to or you can look up individual members using the alumni directory in IRIS.

Sally Snyder Brunette ’83
Ben Demboski ’02
Ethel K. Katz ’46
Hana Levay ’99
John Neumaier ’83
Barbara Carter Radin ’75
Erik Speckman ’91
Bram Wessel ’90, chair