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President John Kroger
Reed College President John R. Kroger gave opening remarks at the college's 99th commencement on Monday, May 20, 2013. Kroger told graduates that as they make their way through the world, kindness will matter as much as intelligence.
Jennifer Ferenstein ’88
Jennifer Ferenstein ’88 delivered the address at Reed College's 99th commencement on Monday, May 20, 2013. Ferenstein, an environmental crusader and former president of the Sierra Club, is currently an organizer for the Wilderness Society. She spoke to graduates about the lifelong guidance their Reed education will provide as they pursue their "true north."
Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, Hunger Mountain, and others, as well as in the collectionAirfare: Stories, Poems and Essays on Flight. Awards and grants include the Barbara Deming Grant for Women Artists, Tobias Wolff Award, H.E. Francis Award, John Steinbeck Award, all for fiction, and finalist mentions for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award, and The Third Coast Fiction Award. Natalie received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She teaches writing at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, and she is currently working on a novel set in Boring, Oregon.
R. Erica Doyle
R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best Black Women’s Erotica, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, Ploughshares, and Callaloo. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. Her first book, proxy is forthcoming from Belladonna* Books in 2013 and has been performed as a chamber piece in collaboration with composer Joshua Fried at the Composers Collaborative, and as a multimedia performance piece with painter and digital media artist Torkwase Dyson at the Transmodern Age Festival.
Born in San Diego on July 4th, 1970, Philip Metres grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, and spent the following year in Russia on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, pursuing an independent project called "Contemporary Russian Poetry and Its Response to Historical Change." After stints as a temp in sundry offices in Boston and Philadelphia, Metres went to Indiana University, where he received a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, both in 2001. Since then, his writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. He is the author of a number of books, including To See the Earth(Cleveland State 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Instants (a chapbook, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (a chapbook, Kent State 2004),Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling 2004). and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr 2003). He has received fellowships from Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ledig House, and the Ohio Arts Council. He has been translated into Polish, Russian, and Tamil. He is an professor of English at John Carroll University, where he teaches American Literature and Creative Writing, and the proud papa of Adele and Leila.
D. A. Powell’s books include Tea, Lunch, Cocktails and Chronic.Chronic was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Los Angeles Times, The Kansas City Star, and Publishers Weekly. A finalist for both the Publishers Triangle and the National Book Critics Circle Awards, the volume of political and personal poems went on to receive the Northern California Book Award and the Gold Medal in Poetry from the California Commonwealth Club. Additionally, Chronic received the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry from Claremont College and was Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Lysley Tenorio is the author of the story collection, Monstress. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, and has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Public Policy Lecture Series
Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, examines the partisan war over election rules that has emerged in the wake of the Florida debacle and the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore. Since then, election litigation as well as allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression have increased, shaking public confidence. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. His most recent book is The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown.
Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.
Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors in the Arts Series: Kara Walker
Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, in 1969 and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. Her work has been exhibited worldwide. In 1997, Walker received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award. Walker's work fearlessly explores America's history of slavery, racism, and political and sexual violence, through a riveting visual vocabulary informed by the tradition of the cut-paper silhouette, and incorporating puppetry, film, and mixed-media.
The Inauguration of John R. Kroger
Jane McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr College
Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Greetings on Behalf of Oregon
John R. Kroger, President of Reed College
Keith Todd, Dean of Admission
Ellen Millender, Professor of Classics & Humanities
Odyssey lecture: “The Siren’s Song”
Ed D. Lazowska, Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology
The Howard Vollum Award presented by Patrick McDougal, Acting Dean of the Faculty & Howard Vollum Professor of Chemistry
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