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Visiting Writers

Susan StraightSusan Straight
March 12, 2009

Susan Straight's novels include I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, Blacker than a Thousand Midnights, The Gettin Place, and Highwire Moon, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her essays have appeared in Harper's,, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Times, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as in the magazines Real Simple and Family Circle. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney's and Zoetrope, among other publications. Her honors and awards include the California Book Prize, a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Best American Short Story Award. Straight was born in Riverside and lives there with her three daughters.

Matthew DickmanMatthew Dickman
April 9, 2009

Matthew Dickman’s first collection of poems, All American Poem, won the 2008 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry, selected by Tony Hoagland. His chapbook, Amigos, was published in 2007 by Q Ave Press. Dickman’s poems appear in Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, Agni Online, and The New Yorker, among others. A native of Portland, Oregon, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Black History Month

Angela DavisAngela Davis
February 21, 2009

Angela Davis is an internationally known writer, scholar, and activist who has been deeply involved in the struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality in the United States. She has spent the last 15 years at UC Santa Cruz where she is professor of the History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and professor of Feminist Studies. Davis is the author of eight books, including Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire (Seven Stories Press, 2005) and Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories Press, 2003). She is now completing a book on prisons and American history.

Nell Irvin PainterNell Irvin Painter
February 28, 2009

Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, is a leading U.S. historian and a prolific and award-winning scholar. Her most recent books are Creating Black Americans (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Southern History Across the Color Line (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); The History of White People is slated for publication in 2009 (W.W. Norton). Painter received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.A. from UCLA, and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

Gary Snyder ’51 reads “Myths & Texts” and other poems at Reed, February 1956

Gary Snyder On February 13, 1956, Gary Snyder ’51 returned to Reed College with Allen Ginsberg for a poetry reading at Anna Mann Cottage. The next day, when the poets read again, the unscheduled event was recorded. The reel of audiotape containing the Ginsberg reading, including his reading of “Howl,” was discovered in 2007 in Reed’s Hauser Library by John Suiter, a writer doing research for a biography of Snyder. Beside the reel was a note that contained disappointing news about the Snyder half of the reading: “Tape #1 Missing.” The morning after the story of Reed’s “Howl” tape broke—and scores of newspapers around the world reported on it—Steven Halpern ’85, a Portland-based photographer, showed up at the door of Reed’s special collections with an audiocassette copy of the missing tape. He had made the copy 25 years before as an English major doing research on Snyder’s friend and fellow-poet Lew Welch ’50. Tape 1 contains a superb copy of Snyder’s reading—virtually equal in sound quality to the Ginsberg companion reel—and a lengthy selection of 46 Snyder poems.

Economics Lecture Series

Frank WolakFrank Wolak
Why the United States Has Yet to Benefit from Electricity Industry Restructuring (And What Can Be Done to Change This)
November 13, 2008

Frank Wolak is Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the economics department at Stanford University, chairman of the Market Surveillance Committee of the Independent System Operator for the electricity supply industry of California, visiting scholar at the University of California Energy Institute, and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Lester B. LaveLester B. Lave
Electricity Deregulation: Has It Worked? Can It Work?
November 6, 2008

Lester B. Lave ’60 is University Professor and Higgins Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, with appointments in the business school, engineering school and the public policy school. Lave is also the director of the Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative and co-director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center.

Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lecture Fund and the Reed College economics department.

William W. HoganWilliam W. Hogan
Energy Policy for Electricity Markets
October 9, 2008

William W. Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy at Harvard University, is the research director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, which explores the issues involved in the transition to a more competitive electricity market. While at Stanford University, Hogan founded the Energy Modeling Forum, and he has also served as president of the International Association for Energy Economics.

Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lecture Fund and the Reed College economics department.

Public Policy Lecture Series

SassenSaskia Sassen
March 30, 2009

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, focuses on the social, economic, and political dimensions of globalization; cities and terrorism; new, networked technologies; and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. She is the author of A Sociology of Globalization (W.W. Norton, 2007), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton, 2006), and Cities in a World Economy (3rd. ed. Sage/Pine Forge, 2006). She has edited Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales, and Subjects (Routledge, 2006) and co-edited Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order (Princeton, 2005). Sassen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Cities. She serves as a member of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought and is a centennial visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

election panelPost-election Panel
November 8, 2008

With both Republicans and Democrats adopting the mantle of “change,” the 2008 presidential contest is shaping up to be one of the most consequential of the past half-century.

Join Paul Gronke, Reed College political science professor and director of the Early Voting Information Center, Caroline Tolbert of the University of Iowa, and Robert Eisinger of Lewis & Clark College for a panel discussion on the campaigns, the results, and the election’s lasting implications.

Presented in conjunction with Parent & Family Weekend. Reception to follow.

Jacob HackerJacob Hacker
The Middle Class at Risk: Rising Economic Insecurity and the Future of American Politics
October 30, 2008

Professor Hacker is a well-known scholar of health care in the United States and of what he calls “privatization of risk.” His most recent books are The Great Risk Shift (2008) and Off Center (2006), with Paul Pierson. Professor Hacker is also the author of The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (1997), which was co-winner of the 1997 Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration, and The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002). As a dissertation, the latter received prizes from the American Political Science Association, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Howard Wolpe ’60Howard Wolpe ’60
Democracy and Peacebuilding: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom
October 16, 2008

Wolpe, a former seven-term congressman from Michigan’s third district, served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa in the House Foreign Affairs Committee for 10 years. While in Congress, Wolpe was a leading congressional opponent of apartheid. He was the co-author of several key pieces of legislation, including the Pollution Prevention Act, the Industrial Process Efficiency Act, and the Taxpayer Right to Know Act. After leaving Congress in 1993, Wolpe was appointed Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes Region by President Clinton, leading the American delegation to the peace talks in Burundi.

Sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations.

Caitlin Baggott ’99Caitlin Baggott ’99
Utopian and Dystopian Visions of Youth Citizenship: Will the Next Generation Stand for Change?
October 2, 2008

Baggott is a recognized innovator in youth civic engagement efforts. She and her colleagues started the Oregon Bus Project in 2001 with an idea to “engage, educate, and elect” by creating forums for discussing current political issues, encouraging voter registration, and inspiring a lifelong commitment to social change. She was a contributor and guiding force behind Zephyr, a news website.

Sponsored by the Mildred Twohy Benezet Memorial Lecture Fund.

Austan GoolsbeeAustan Goolsbee
America’s Economic Agenda
September 25, 2008

Professor Goolsbee, a Fulbright scholar in 2006, is presidential candidate Barack Obama’s lead economic adviser. He has worked with Senator Obama since his successful U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. He also serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and as a columnist for the New York Times. Professor Goolsbee’s research focuses on the internet, investment, and taxation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lecture Fund and the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science lecture fund.

Spencer OvertonSpencer Overton
Changing Democracy: The Challenges in November and the Possibilities for Reform in 2009
September 18, 2008

Author of Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression (2006), professor Overton was a member of the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform and dissented with the commission on the topic of voter identification standards for voters. His work has been published frequently in a wide array of law journals. He is an editorial board member of the Election Law Journal.

Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.


diver imagePresident Colin Diver

Welcoming remarks

marthers imageDean of Admission Paul Marthers

Welcoming remarks

mcdougal imagePatrick McDougal
Professor of Chemistry

Presentation of Howard Vollum Award for Science and Technology to Dr. B. Kenneth Koe

koe imageDr. B. Kenneth Koe
Vollum Award Recipient

sherman imageGail Berkeley Sherman
Professor of English & Humanities

Odyssey lecture

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