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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


FORUM '98 LECTURE SERIES: COUNTDOWN TO THE MILLENNIUM

The Reed College Women's Committee Forum '98 lecture series, Countdown to the Millennium, will present five Thursday lectures during the month of October --October 1, 8 15, 22, and 29-- in the Kaul Auditorium on the Reed campus. The Forum '98 lecture series takes a thought-provoking look forward to the 21st century. A dynamic group of speakers, all of whom are closely connected to Reed College, will discuss where we have been as a community and a nation and where we are headed as they examine the issues surrounding technology, education, media, business, government, and the arts. (See other side for details on the lectures.)

Series tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance directly from committee members or by mail c/o the Reed College Women's Committee, 14505 SW Hawk Ridge Road, Tigard OR 97224. Individual tickets are $10 and are available only at the door. For further information, please call 503/777-7787. All proceeds from Forum '98 support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund.

Art exhibition
The art installed in the Gray Center Lounge and in the Kaul Auditorium building hallway includes some of the most important works owned by the college: paintings by Jack Levine, Carl Morris, and Louis Bunce. On display as well are works of art by Bonnie Bronson Fellows on long-term loan to Reed, among them paintings by Lucinda Parker '66 and Judy Cook, and works in other media by Fernanda D'Agostino and Carolyn King.

Coffee, art, music, and conversation
Please join us in the Gray Center lounge (next to the Kaul Auditorium) before each lecture for complimentary coffee and the art exhibition. New this year will be musical performances prior to each lecture. You are invited to return to the lounge after the lectures to meet the speakers and engage in informal conversation with them.

FORUM '98

Countdown to the Millennium
Kaul Auditorium in the Gray Campus Center, Reed College

October 1
7:30 p.m.
GAIL KELLY '55
The Expression and Suppression of Change
Gail Kelly is a professor of anthropology at Reed, where she has taught since 1960. Kelly received her B.A. from Reed in 1955 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Kelly teaches classes in social anthropology and anthropological theory at Reed; her research interest is the anthropology of marketing and consumption patterns in the non-Western world. Her lecture will focus on the effects of change on individuals and society.

October 8
10:30 a.m.
Steven D. McGeady '80
The Digital Reformation: Freedom, Risk, Responsibility
Steve McGeady is vice president of Intel's content group and director of Intel's health technology initiative. He has led Intel's research into the internet, the World Wide Web, and Java, as well as intelligent information filtering and new classes of human-computer interface. McGeady studied physics and philosophy at Reed, where he became an early developer of the Unix operating system and graphics and networking software. McGeady's discussion will provide a unique opportunity to hear where the digital reformation will take us in the coming century.

October 15
10:30 a.m.
Ronald Herndon '70
Preparing Students for the Next Millennium
Ron Herndon is president of the National Head Start Association and director of Albina Head Start in Portland. As president, he provides leadership and support to Head Start programs nationwide in teaching and advocating for low-income children and families. Herndon graduated from Reed in 1970 and has worked as a teacher, counselor, college instructor, and VISTA volunteer. He will discuss how we must prepare and educate children for the millennium.

October 22
10:30 a.m.
Panel discussion
Portland: Striding into the Next Century
The Portland metropolitan area is currently experiencing a period of dramatic growth. Three panelists leaders in local government, business, and the arts will share their views about the changes they have seen and make some predictions about what is to come in the first years of the new century. Panelists include Lucy Buchanan, the development director for the Portland Art Museum; Linda Hoffman, managing partner for Price Waterhouse Coopers, the largest professional services company in the world; and Portland city commissioner Gretchen Kafoury. Community leader Margot Jones will moderate the discussion.

October 29
10:30 a.m.
Jim Compton '64
Information and Manipulation: Who Runs America?
Jim Compton is best known for his role as host of the award-winning Compton Report on Seattle's KING-TV. Compton spent time in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar, worked as editor of the Rome Daily American, and reported for NBC as both Mideast and European correspondent. He received a B.A. in history from Reed in 1964. His lecture will focus on the unprecedented power of television in America, where the public has seemingly embraced the medium as its principal source of information, values, and attitudes. He will address where television is taking us and how we can arm ourselves against its effects.

The Reed College Women's Committee


Backgrounder

The Reed College Women's Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the college and the Portland community. The committee's goals are to enlarge and enhance the reputation of Reed in the community and to provide stimulating intellectual activities associated with the college to the public.

The principal project of the Reed College Women's Committee is its fall lecture series, planned and executed by volunteer committee members. While the format may change depending upon the speakers and program, traditionally four lectures are given on the Thursdays in October. The series has achieved distinction in the community and is attended by about 400 people at each of the two daily sessions.

All proceeds from the lecture series support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship fund, which over the years has contributed significantly to the opportunity to attend Reed for 44 recipients. As testimony to both Reed's estimable national standing as one of the country's outstanding colleges of the liberal arts and sciences and to the goals of the committee, the speakers who participate in the lecture series waive their usual fees and honoraria so that the proceeds for scholarship are maximized.

Subjects for the series, selected by the committee from topics suggested by its members, have been as varied as "Humor," "Politics and the Media," "European Unity: 1992," and "Heroes." Internationally recognized speakers have included Arun Gandhi, Cleveland Amory, Mark Russell, Jane Howard, and Morris Dees.