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The Debate over Hum 110

Intellectual discovery, academic rigor, robust debate, and the pursuit of knowledge—these qualities have defined Reed since its very first class and are the tenets that inform the interdisciplinary course known as Humanities 110.

The goals of Hum 110 are to introduce students to college-level work, Reed’s distinctive approach to teaching, and provide rigorous writing instruction. Through critical engagement with significant works of literature, art, and architecture students learn to transform experience into meaning.

The course is evaluated by faculty every 10 years and is under review now, during the fall of 2017. The decadal evaluation was moved up one year in response to the urging of Reedies Against Racism (RAR). The results of the review will be presented late fall 2017. RAR has been protesting the course since September 2016 by silently sitting near the podium of the lecture hall. When the first lecture of 2017 was interrupted, it marked a change in tactics by RAR and a change in response by some members of the community. The second lecture went on as planned, but not before a heated debate in the lecture hall during the minutes leading up to the faculty presentation.

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Reed Launches Neuroscience Major

Starting in the fall semester 2017, Reed is offering a major in neuroscience, making it the first college in Portland to provide undergraduates with a full immersion in the field, and one of very few in the Pacific Northwest.

Neuroscience is sometimes considered a specialized area that can only be pursued by graduate students at big R1 research institutions. But recent developments in technology have put powerful research tools within the reach of undergraduate colleges. At the same time, researchers are coming to understand that success in neuroscience requires requires skills that are the hallmark of a liberal-arts education: critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork.

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Reed in the News

Hunting for the ‘Promised Land,’ Haunted by Chuck Berry
New York Times
Prof. of Music Mark Burford talks Chuck Berry with the New York Times.
Samiya Bashir Will Smash Your Definition of Poetry at TBA
Portland Monthly
Prof. of Creative Writing Samiya Bashir talks race, gender, and survival as an artist of color with Portland Monthly.
Trump Tax Plan May Free Up Corporate Dollars, but Then What?
New York Times
Prof. of Economics Kim Clausing provides analysis on Trump's tax plan for the New York Times.
Occupation of Hum 110
Inside Higher Ed
Lectures for one of Reed College’s signature learning experiences, humanities 110 centered on the ancient Mediterranean, were canceled after protesters attempted to interrupt the class to protest what they see as Eurocentrism.

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The Debate over Hum 110

Intellectual discovery, academic rigor, robust debate, and the pursuit of knowledge—these Read more...

Reed Faculty Adopts Anti-Racism Statement

The Reed faculty voted to adopt an anti-racism statement at its regular meeting on Monday: REED Read more...

Reed Launches Neuroscience Major

Starting this semester, Reed is offering a major in neuroscience, making it the first college in Read more...

Reed College Supports DACA

In November of 2016, I joined 639 other college and university presidents in urging President Trump Read more...

Hum 110: the Lost Lecture

The campus debate over Hum 110 is as lively as ever, and it had an unfortunate consequence this Read more...

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