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Events at Reed

Stimulate your intellect! More than 200 public events are offered on the Reed College campus each year, including lectures, concerts, plays, and other programming. All events are free, unless noted otherwise, and our events email will keep you informed.

Ongoing through April 28

Mathematics Department Lecture Series: Math Talks

Thursdays, 4:10 p.m., Physics 123

The Reed mathematics department invites you to attend their ever-popular weekly colloquia. Although talks in this series are directed toward mathematics majors, they are often accessible on a variety of other levels.

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February 10 - April 27

Community Dance at Reed

Wednesdays, 6:10 - 7:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

The Reed College Dance Department is excited to announce open community dance sessions. This is free and open to the public; children are welcome. No previous dance experience required to participate.

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February 13

Lecture-Recital with Owen Daly: 18th-Century Harpsichord Sound

2 p.m., Performing Arts Building, Room 320

The Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) sponsors an afternoon of lush 18th-century French harpsichord sound! Owen Daly will showcase the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau and François Couperin le Grand played on an instrument that is ideally suited to the sensuous character of their music.

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February 16

Black History Month Event: Intisar Abioto, The Black Portlanders Project art gallery opening reception

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., Vollum lounge

Intisar Abioto is a local explorer, writer, dancer, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist who started The Black Portlanders project, a photographic journey illuminating Black Portlanders and their stories.

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February 18

Lecture: Kerry McCarthy '97, "William Byrd and the Age of Exploration"

4:40 p.m., PAB 332

The Reed music department presents a lecture by Kerry McCarthy '97, "William Byrd and the Age of Exploration," on Thursday 18 February at 4:40 p.m. in PAB 332. McCarthy is the author of Byrd, published by Oxford University Press in its Master Musicians series in 2013.

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February 18–20

Theatre & Dance: Festival of New Works

Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

Five thesis candidates developing new works will present these world premieres in a festival format.

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February 18

Faith In Action: A Dialogue on Race, Politics, and Faith-Based Communities in America

Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

OFCS (Reed's Christian Group) and The Veritas Forum present a panel on race, politics, and faith-based communities in America with guest speaker Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University. Gillespie will be sharing on the intersection of her research focus in African American politics and her personal experience as a Black Christian; among these, how different communities respond to acts of violence and forgiveness. A Reed student panel will respond with perspectives from diverse religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds, followed by an interactive audience Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Margot Minardi, associate professor of history at Reed College.

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February 19

Biology Department Seminar: Tamily Weissman, "Dynamics of Color-coded Dividing Cells in the Zebrafish Brain”

Friday, 4:00 p.m., Biology 19

Tamily Weissman, PhD of the Lewis & Clark College department of biology, discusses her work.

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February 21

Concert: Portland Baroque Orchestra, "Bach and Son"

Kaul Auditorium, 3 p.m.; Pre-concert talk in PAB 320, 2 p.m.

Witness the invention of the keyboard concerto as Alexander Weimann performs the virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with its spectacular harpsichord solo. Music featuring the harpsichord with two instruments (a “triple” pairing) match those by or attributed to Bach’s son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Featuring Janet See as flute soloist.

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February 23

Black History Month Lecture: Tiq Milan, "Healthy Masculinity through a Racial Lens Workshop"

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Eliot Hall 314

Tiq Milan is a writer, public speaker, and media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. 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 a healther masculinity and being in allyship with women and femme identified people.

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February 25

Black History Month Lecture: Dr. Al Frankowski, "The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization"

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Psychology 105

Dr. Al Frankowski will 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.

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February 25

Visiting Writer Series Reading: Amy Leach

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

Amy Leach is the author of Things That Are, published by Milkweed Editions. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and her work has appeared in Best American Essays, A Public Space, Orion, and the Gettysburg Review, among other journals.

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February 25

Dance Department: Guest Scholar Lecture with Dr. Cristina Rosa

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

The Reed College Dance Department presents Dr. Cristina Rosa in a free public lecture: "Regarding the New Wave of African American Choreographers and Their Gestures of Interweaving."


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February 26

Concert: Friday @ 4: Music Student Performances

Eliot Hall chapel, 4:00 p.m.

This concert features Reed music students in performance. For more information about the music department, please visit their web page here.

Admission is free, and the concert is open to the public. 

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February 26

Lecture: Sasha-Mae Eccleston, "Twitter: The Rhetoric of Chatter in the Apuleian Corpus"

Friday, 4:15 p.m., Psychology 105

This talk by Sasha-Mae Eccleston, assistant professor of classics at Pomona College, places the imagery and design underlying the social media platform, Twitter, into conversation with the work of a 2nd century Roman North African thinker, author, and public speaker named Apuleius.

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February 27

Masterclass: Paul Roberts, piano

Saturday, 2:30 - 5 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

We are pleased to present Paul Roberts in a special chamber music workshop featuring three Debussy sonatas, all written between 1915 and 1916: Sonata for Cello and PianoSonata for Violin and Piano, and Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. Musicians will include advanced student instrumentalists from the area, with Paul Roberts at the piano.

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February 27

Concert: Paul Roberts, piano

Saturday, 7 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

We are pleased to present Paul Roberts in a special chamber music workshop featuring three Debussy sonatas, all written between 1915 and 1916: Sonata for Cello and PianoSonata for Violin and Piano, and Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. Musicians will include advanced student instrumentalists from the area, with Paul Roberts at the piano.

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March 3–5

Reed Theatre: 4.48 Psychosis

Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Black Box Theatre, PAB

A play by Sarah Kane. "Hatch opens : Stark light : the rupture begins." Directed by thesis candidate Jordan Jozwik ’16. Tickets: $3–5. More about Reed Theatre.

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March 3

Visiting Writer Series Reading: Martine Syms

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

Martine Syms is a conceptual entrepreneur based in Los Angeles who uses publishing, video, and performance to look at the making and reception of meaning in contemporary America. In 2012 she founded Dominica, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. In 2007–11, Syms directed Golden Age a project space focused on printed matter.

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March 4

Lecture: Amory Lovins, "Disruptive Oil and Electricity Futures"

Friday, Noon, Vollum lecture hall

Physicist Amory B. Lovins, an honorary U.S. architect and Swedish engineering academician, will discuss how the world’s mightiest industries—oil and electricity—now face grave and potentially fatal disruption from many directions.

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March 8

Public Policy Lecture Series: Jenna Jordan, "Does Leadership Targeting Work?"

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Jenna Jordan, an assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will evaluate data on terrorist groups from 1970 to the present using a theoretical model to evaluate the efficacy of targeting as a counterterrorism strategy in the case of Al Qaeda and ISIS in order to assess past and future attempts at organizational destabilization.

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March 11

Reed Theatre: Trees in Their Youth

Friday, 7:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

Reed Theatre welcomes Dominic Finocchiaro ’11 back to Reed for a playwriting workshop with students and a reading of his latest play, about four students who struggle to navigate the pitfalls of privilege, race, and sexuality while attempting to survive their senior year of high school. Directed by Prof. Kate Bredeson. Finocchiaro's full-length plays include Astral Princess Saves Mankind, brother brother, complex, Exotic, The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, and The Lucky Ladies (someday you will be loved).

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March 12

Concert: Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, “Spring Classics”

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Specht, presents a special performance by the winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Solo Competition, performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 "Spring.”

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March 13

Concert: Portland Baroque Orchestra, "The Old School"

Kaul Auditorium, 3 p.m.; Pre-concert talk in PAB 320, 2 p.m.

Experience the rich polyphonic scoring of 17th-century German music for voices, gambas, and recorders. J. S. Bach’s darkly scored Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 for violas, gambas, and violoncello leads the program, with a cantata by J. S. Bach’s father’s first cousin, Johann Christoph Bach. Soloists are soprano Molly Quinn, alto Laura Thoreson, tenor David Hendrix, and baritone Sumner Thompson.

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March 14

Dance Lecture & Demonstration: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

A free lecture and demonstration by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion in the Massee Performance Lab.

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March 14

Lecture-Demonstration: Kyle Abraham, choreographer

6:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab

Kyle Abraham is a choreographer and dancer probing the relationship between identity and personal history through a unique hybrid of traditional and vernacular dance styles that speaks to a new generation of dancers and audiences.

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March 17

Visiting Writer Series Reading: Mark Levine

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

Mark Levine is the author of three books of poems: Debt (1993), Enola Gay (2000), and The Wilds (2006). A new collection, Travels of Marco, will be published in early 2016. His poems have been widely anthologized, and have been recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, Princeton University, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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March 19-20

Concert: Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, “The Blues: from Backwoods to Broadway”

Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.; Kaul Auditorium

Renowned Portland musician Dave Fleschner and acclaimed blues singer Earl Thomas along with featured Portland Gay Men’s Chorus soloists Billy Mixer and Jimmy Wilcox join the chorus for a blues cabaret this spring. Built on a foundation of core blues elements and drawing on rock, pop, and Broadway influences, Fleschner's all-new arrangements will showcase a new side of the chorus. This collaboration is another adventure in the chorus’ aspiration to expand, redefine, and perfect the choral art.

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March 31

Public Policy Lecture Series: Lynn Eden, "End of the World"

Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Lynn Eden, affiliate of Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and former senior research scholar and Associate Director for Research at CISAC, will discuss how well-balanced U.S. military officers collectively explain to themselves what it means to draw up large-scale “real” plans to execute nuclear war, what the organizational processes are that enable them to work at the edge of hypothetical death, and how officers understand their mission and focus their attention. What can and cannot be said?

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April 8 & 9, 14–16

Reed Theatre: In/divisible

Friday & Saturday, Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre

April 8 & 9, 14–16

Reed Theatre: In/divisible

7:30 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre, PAB

What does it mean to be a citizen? What ought it mean? As citizens of the U.S., what do we owe one another, if anything? Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) has proposed that universal military service is a crucial step towards an equal citizenry in the U.S.

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April 14

Public Policy Lecture Series: Charli Carpenter, "Gender, Civilian Protection and the Paradox of War Law"

Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

University of Massachusetts political science professor Charli Carpenter will discuss the profoundly gendered ways we think about and implement the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

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April 14

Concert: Reed Orchestra Spring Concert

Kaul Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Reed College orchestra presents their spring concert, featuring student solos and selections from Beethoven's Concerto No. 3.

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April 15

Performance: Yoram Bauman '95

Friday, 6:00 p.m., Psychology 105

Yoran Bauman '95 is "the world's first and only stand-up economist" as well as the author of Tax Shift, the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, and the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics and the founder of Non-Profit Comedy in Seattle, Washington.

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April 20

Aphra Behn and Guerrilla Girls on Tour!

8:15 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre

Reed College is pleased to announce that Aphra Behn of Guerrilla Girls on Tour!, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will be on campus with a talk: Act Like a Feminist Artist: what no one told you about starting a grassroots movement.

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April 21

Lecture: Jennifer Dunne, "The Web of Life: Humans as a Part of Complex Ecological Networks"

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Traditionally, most ecological research has studied ecosystems as separate from humans. Jennifer Dunne, Vice President for Science at the Santa Fe Institute, shows how humans fit into and impact ecosystems through their myriad interactions with other species. She then explores how the science of ecological networks can help meet the pressing need to understand the roles of humans in ecosystems, particularly in terms of resource use and consumption.

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April 22 & 23, 7-10 p.m.

Red Door Project presents: "Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments"

7-10 p.m., Black Box Theatre

This year, the Red Door Poject will put on its first theatrical production, “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments,” a powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others. Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.

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April 24

Reed Chorus & Collegium Spring Concert

7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Reed Chorus & Collegium Musicum present an all-Brahms concert event, under the direction of Ginny Hancock.

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May 6-7

Spring Dance Concert

Friday-Saturday, 7-10 p.m., Greenwood Performance Stage

The Dance Department presents its spring dance concert featuring choreography by Reed students, faculty and special guests. Ticket information is forthcoming.

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June 4

Concert: Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, “In the Shadow of Beethoven”

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Specht, presents Beethoven's Wellington's Victory, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, and new work by the winner of the 2016 John Kenneth Cole Composition Prize.

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