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Events at Reed

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  • dancers
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  • play scene
  • cast bowing

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for the array of lectures, concerts, plays, and other programming presented throughout the year. All events listed below are open to the public and are free, unless noted otherwise.

If you are planning to attend an event and need accommodations or assistance with access, please call conference and events planning at 503/777-7522.

September 2–October 19

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: Stacy

Tuesday–Sunday, noon–5 p.m., Cooley Gallery, Hauser Memorial Library

Reception: Friday, September 12, 4–8 p.m.

The Cooley Gallery is proud to present Stacy, a commissioned project by visionary queer feminist performance artist Wynne Greenwood.

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Ongoing through December 31

Hauser Library Exhibition: Encyclopedias: The Art of Organizing Knowledge

8 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; library flat and wall cases west of the circulation desk

Encyclopedias and dictionaries trace their history back to the ancient Greeks at the least. Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia is accepted as the first true encyclopedia—in 37 volumes—and dictionaries date to the same period.

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October 2

Wallace T. MacCaffrey Distinguished Lecture in History: Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Climate and Capital: On Conjoined Histories”

Thursday, 5 p.m., PAB 320

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago.

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October 2

A Conversation about Restorative Justice with Mary Koss, International Expert on Sexual Assault

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

How do we deal honorably with the harmful effects of sexual misconduct? Restorative justice is a voluntary disciplinary process that lets survivors be heard and keeps offenders accountable. Mary Koss published the first national study on acquaintance rape in 1987 and developed the most frequently used survey to measure unwanted sexual experiences. Much of her recent research has been on restorative justice in community and campus settings.

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October 4

Fall Canyon Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., meet near the waterfall, just west of the land bridge and Reed Lake

Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive plants, and rebuilding sections of damaged trail.

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October 5

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Arias, Duets, and Concerti Grossi by G.F. Handel

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Alexander Weimann, guest director and harpsichord
, Amanda Forsythe, soprano
, and Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano, present show-stopping arias and sumptuous duets by G.F. Handel.

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October 7

Lecture: William Deresiewicz, “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life”

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Many of today's high-achieving high school students plunge headlong into the frenetic process that they hope will get them admitted to one of the country's elite colleges and universities. Once enrolled at an Ivy League or equivalent school, they find themselves on a narrowly-defined track to professional "success," and in this myopic quest, they miss out on the introspective process of self-discovery that should be an essential component of a college experience. The result, according to William Deresiewicz, is mounting discontent among a new generation for whom entitlement has supplanted purpose, and life has been largely stripped of personally-forged goals.

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October 9

Visiting Writer Series: Bruce Smith

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Bruce Smith.

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October 15

Lecture: Alexandra Stern, “The Legacy of Eugenics in the Contemporary Era of Human Genomics”

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

Alexandra Stern is a historian of science and medicine and a professor in obstetrics and gynecology, American culture, and history at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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October 30

Lecture: Kathleen C. Schwartzman, "The Globalization Dilemma: Trade, Migration, and Workers’ Rights"

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Vollum 116

Kathleen C. Schwartzman is professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, with research interests in political sociology, economic development, and Latin America.

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October 30

Visiting Writer Series: Stacey Levine

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by fiction writer Stacey Levine.

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October 30

Lecture and Demonstration: Ralph Lemon

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Massee Performance Lab, Performing Arts Building

Acclaimed choreographer, director, writer, conceptualist and installation artist, Ralph Lemon, speaks about his work.

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November 7 & 8, 13–15

Reed Theatre: Marisol

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

Marisol, by José Rivera, is directed by Prof. Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, 
with costume design by thesis candidate Helena Pennington.

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November 20

Visiting Writer Series: Mary Szybist

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Mary Szybist.

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November 23

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Bohemium Trumpets and Stylus Fantasticus

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin, brings together rarely heard virtuoso music for trumpets and strings from Bohemia alongside evocative music in the “fantastic style” popular in Italian and Germanic lands in the 1600s, with Kris Kwapis and Bruno Lourensetto on baroque trumpets.

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February 15

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Mozart's Clarinet and Grand Sextet

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin, and 
Eric Hoeprich, the world’s foremost period clarinetist, perform one of Mozart’s most popular works.

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February 19

Visiting Writer Series: Claudia Rankine

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet and playwright Claudia Rankine.

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February 23

Friends of Chamber Music: Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI and Guests, “Istanbul–Constatinople”

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

Jordi Savall, one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation and a revered viola da gamba player, is one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.

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February 26

Visiting Writer Series: Yona Harvey

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Yona Harvey.

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March 5

Visiting Writer Series: Jen Bervin

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Jen Bervin.

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March 21 & 22

Portland Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrate the Journey

Saturday, 8 p.m. & Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Concert details forthcoming. More on Portland Gay Men's Chorus.

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April 2

Visiting Writer Series: Leanne Shapton

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Leanne Shapton.

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April 10 & 11, 16–18

Reed Theatre: Two by Ionesco

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

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson are directed by Prof. Kate Bredeson with performances by thesis candidate Colin Trevor and additional direction by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg.

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April 24

Friends of Chamber Music: Chanticleer, “The Gypsy in My Soul”

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

Chanticleer is known for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

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April 26

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin soloist, celebrates her 20th season at Portland Baroque Orchestra with a Pacific Northwest tour of Four Seasons.

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