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Black History Month

bond, julian bondJulian Bond - Civil Rights: In the Day, Today, & Tomorrow
February 2, 2007

A major leader of the American civil rights movement, Julian Bond has been at the forefront of social change for five decades. While a student at Morehouse College during the early 1960s, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was co-chair of a successful challenge delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention. He served in the Georgia legislature as both a representative and as a senator. He has served, since 1998, as chairman of the board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. The holder of 23 honorary degrees, he is a distinguished adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

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President Colin Diver introduces Julian Bond.

Visiting Writers Series

Spring 2007

flynnNick Flynn - February 22, 2007

Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night In Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. He worked as a ”field poet” and as an artistic collaborator on the film Darwin’s Nightmare which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. One semester a year he teaches at the University of Houston, and spends the rest of the year elsewhere.

szybistMary Szybist - March 22

Mary Szybist grew up in Pennsylvania and is a graduate the University of Virginia and of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her book of poetry, Granted, won the 2002 Beatrice Hawley Award was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award and the 2004 winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award in Poetry. Mary currently teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

gallagherTess Gallagher - April 5

Tess Gallagher is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, screenplay writer, and translator. Her poetry collections include Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude: New and Selected Poems. In 1979 she began living with the short-story writer Raymond Carver, whom she married shortly before his death in 1988. In Ireland, she bought lambs to save them from the butcher and has begun weaving wall hangings from their fleece. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.

cooperBernard Cooper - April 12

With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, Bernard Cooper peels back layers of the familiar, exposing the surprising truths that shape our lives. Bernard Cooper has written two collections of memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, A Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the NEA. He has taught at Antioch/Los Angeles and at the UCLA Writer’s Program and is currently the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine.

Public Policy Lecture Series

Fall 2006

beemanWilliam Beeman - The ‘Great Satan’ vs. the ‘Mad Mullahs’:
How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other

October 27, 2006

William Beeman is professor of linguistic anthropology and director of Middle East studies at Brown University. In his latest book, The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs,” Beeman argues that an unprecedented mutual process of demonization has characterized relations between the U.S. and Iran. He claims that the accusations of each nation consist largely of public invective and symbolic rhetoric conforming to their own mythologies of evil.

sickGary Sick - The United States and Iran:
Is a Military Clash Inevitable?

November 4, 2006

Gary Sick served on the National Security Council under presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, and is the author of two books on U.S.–Iranian relations. Sick is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, having served in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, where he is senior research scholar, adjunct professor of international affairs, and former director of the Middle East Institute.

moallemMinoo Moallem - Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister:
Transnational Formations of Islamic Nationalism and Fundamentalism in Iran

November 6, 2006

Minoo Moallem is professor of gender and women’s studies at UC Berkeley. Trained as a sociologist, she writes on transnational feminist cultural studies, religious nationalism and fundamentalism, immigration and diaspora studies, and Iranian cultural politics and diasporas. She recently published Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran (University of California Press, 2005).

saganScott Sagan - How to Keep the Bomb from Iran
November 13, 2006

Scott Sagan is a professor of political science and director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. He has also served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, and as a consultant to the office of the Secretary of Defense and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is the author of numerous books on national security and nuclear strategy. In his article, How to Keep the Bomb From Iran (Foreign Affairs, September/October 2006), he argues that the United States should work to prevent Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons by addressing the security concerns that are likely motivators for Iran's nuclear ambitions.

rejaliDarius Rejali - Sickness, War, and Remembrance:
A Visit to Iran

November 20, 2006

Darius Rejali is a Carnegie Scholar (2003) and professor of political science at Reed College. He is the author of Torture and Modernity: Self, State, and Society in Modern Iran (Westview, 1994) and the forthcoming books Torture and Democracy (Princeton, 2007) and Approaches to Violence (Princeton, 2008). Iranian-born, Rejali has spent his scholarly career reflecting on violence and, specifically, reflecting on the causes, consequences, and meaning of modern torture in the contemporary world.


diverColin Diver - President's Welcome
May 14, 2007

The president of Reed College welcomes and congratulates the class of '07 and introduces speaker William Hohengarten.

hohengarten William Hohengarten '84 - Another Bend in the Road
May 14, 2007

Bill Hohengarten '84 is a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Jenner & Block, concentrating in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. At the request of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, he was one of the leaders of the legal team that successfully challenged state sodomy laws in the landmark 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas. Hohengarten majored in history at Reed, studied in Germany on a Fulbright, obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy at Northwestern University, then attended Yale Law School. He was a notes editor on the Yale Law Journal and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter before entering private law practice. He is an avid wilderness camper and has run seven marathons.

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