Diversity at Reed

Black History Month

Join the Reed community as we celebrate and honor the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights Movement, and the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture.

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MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 18 afternoon
Various Locations

Join SEEDS for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service during the afternoon of Monday, January 18, 2016 (Paideia week). Please express interest now and find more information via this link.

Sponsored by: SEEDS
Reed affiliated volunteers only
contact: seeds@reed.edu

The Legacy of MLK: Intergenerational Panel of Activists

Monday, January 18, 6:00 PM
Eliot Hall Chapel

Every year, Reed students, staff, and faculty join to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continued work to address injustice within our communities. The intergenerational panel will bridge conversations about Civil Rights Movement history to current social justice movements, including Black Lives Matter. Panelists: Olivia Kilgore, Dagan Douglas, Ebony Oldham, Adrienne Cabouet, Simone Stephens.

Sponsored by: SEEDS, Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity

MRC Tuesday Talks

On-going, Every Tuesday in February from 12:00-1:00 PM
February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23
Student Center Living Room

Tuesday Talks are weekly "brown bag lunch" conversations on topics related to identity and inclusion. Conversations are facilitated by MRC interns and are open to the entire Reed community. We are dedicated Tuesday Talks in February to Black History Month and will discuss censured or overlooked history, the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, and current issues of race and racism in higher education. Please bring your lunch and join us!

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center
Reed affiliated community members only

Walidah Imarisha and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Monday, February 8
Emerging Strategies Workshop: 3:30 PM, Winch/Capehart
Octavia's Brood Presentation and Book Signing: 7:00 PM, Psychology 105

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought twenty of these visionaries together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. All organizing is science fiction. Those wanting to change the world must first be able to dream of new worlds. That's where Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements comes in. Join co-editor Walidah Imarisha and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha for a reading and community conversation around radical science fiction and social change. There will be a fiction writing workshop at 3:30 PM in Winch/Capehart, followed by the public lecture and book signing at 7:00 pm in Psychology 105.

Walida Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator, and performance poet. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, performance artist and educator of Burher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent.

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center

Jamil Smith: Intersectionality as a Job Requirement

Wednesday, February 10, 5:00 PM
Vollum Lecture Hall

Jamil Smith is a senior editor at New Republic. He is also the host of the podcast INTERSECTION, which examines how the various ways we identify come together. He is a former producer at MSNBC, where he worked on The Rachel Maddow Show and Melissa Harris-Perry. He has also earned three Emmy Awards as a producer at NFL Films. Jamil Smith will be giving a lecture on why embracing a nuanced view of personal identities must be essential to modern journalism.

Sponsored by: Office for Institutional Diversity, Committee on Diversity

Intisar Abioto: The Black Portlanders Project - Art Gallery Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 16, 4:00 PM
Vollum Lounge

Intisar Abioto is a local writer, dancer, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist who started The Black Portlanders project, a photographic journey illuminating Black Portlanders and their stories. Intisar Abioto will be showcasing some of the photos from The Black Portlanders project in an art gallery, featuring some of our Reed community members! She will give her opening remarks at the art gallery's opening reception on Tuesday, February 16 at 4:00 PM in Vollum Lounge. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. The art gallery will remain on display in Vollum Lounge for the Reed community between February 8th through February 26th.

Sponsored by: Office for Institutional Diversity, Committee on Diversity, Office for Inclusive Community

Tiq Milan: Healthy Masculinity through a Racial Lens Workshop

Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-7:30 PM. Dinner provided.
Eliot Hall 314

Tiq Milan is a writer, public speaker, and media advocate. He is a regular on-air contributor to Huff Post Live and various MSNBC news outlets. He has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. From grassroots to national campaigns, he is one of the leading voices for transgender equality. He is a contributing author to the anthology, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, and is the Co-Chair of the LGBT task force of the National Association of Black Journalists. In this workshop, Tiq Milan will talk about how his journey as a transman influenced his outlook on misogyny and rape culture, and the importance of creating healthy masculinity and being in allyship with women and femme identified people.

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center

Dr. Al Frankowski: The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization

Monday, April 4, 4:30 PM
Eliot Hall 314

Dr. Al Frankowski is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern Illinois University and will be on campus to discuss his new book, The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning, which demonstrates how post-racial discourse and post-racial memory operates as a context through which the memorialization of anti-black violence and the production of new forms of violence are connected. By challenging many tenants of the critical turn in political philosophy and aesthetics, Dr. Frankowski argues against a politics of reconciliation and for a political sense of mourning the amplifies the universality of violence embedded in our contemporary sensibility.

Sponsored by: Department of Honor Process & Restorative Justice, Multicultural Resource Center, Office for Institutional Diversity