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The Reed College Women’s Committee Forum 2001 lecture series, Beginnings, Endings, & Edges: Humanity’s Shifting Frontiers, will present four Thursday lectures during the month of October–October 4, 11, 18, and 25–in the Kaul Auditorium on the Reed campus. The speakers will explore aspects of change taking place worldwide, including the movement for death with dignity, cloning, the fate of wild salmon, and the ways in which nongovernmental organizations have been influencing foreign policy.

Speakers this year are senior Foreign Service officer Donald Steinberg ’74, deputy director of the policy planning staff for the U.S. State Department; actor Megan Cole, who played the lead role in the play Wit in New York, and Barbara Coombs Lee, director of the Compassion in Dying Federation; Don P. Wolf, senior scientist at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center; and David James Duncan, author of The River Why, The Brothers K, and River Teeth. (See other side for details on the lectures.)

Series tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance directly from committee members, online at, or by mail c/o Reed College Women’s Committee, 6103 NW Cornell Road, Portland OR 97210. Each series ticket may be used for four admissions for any lecture. Individual tickets are available only at the door for $10. All proceeds from Forum 2001 support the Reed College Women’s Committee Scholarship Fund. For further information, please call 503/777-7787.

Books and conversation

Please join us in the Gray Center lounge (next to the Kaul Auditorium) before and after each lecture to enjoy book sales and stimulating conversation. You are invited to return to the lounge after the lectures for a reception with the speakers.

FORUM 2001

Beginnings, Endings, & Edges: Humanity’s Shifting Frontiers

Kaul Auditorium in the Gray Campus Center, Reed College

October 4 • 7:30 p.m. • DONALD STEINBERG ’74

A career senior U.S. Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Steinberg has served under four administrations. He has served as ambassador to Angola, as the Department of State’s special Haiti coordinator, and as senior policy adviser for foreign affairs and defense to Richard Gephardt, then majority leader of the House of Representatives. His work has centered on trade, the anti-apartheid movement, the global removal of land mines, immigration, and the fight against AIDS. A recipient of the first Robert S. Frasure Award for International Peace, he has been honored for courage and for furthering peace. He will discuss the role of grass-roots and nongovernmental organizations in the formation and implementation of foreign policy.

Megan Cole has performed in television (Star Trek, ER, Seinfield, and others) and theater. She originated the lead role of Dr. Vivian Bearing in the Tony Award-winning Wit, a play about cancer and hope. Barbara Coombs Lee, a nationally recognized pioneer in the death with dignity movement, is director of the Compassion in Dying Federation. Together, Cole and Coombs Lee educate caregivers who work with end-of-life patients and their families. They will share elements of their work and explore the bioethical issues involved in care of the terminally ill, using dramatic vignettes to draw the listener in and give voice to the experiences of typical Oregonians in a state with progressive end-of-life policies.

October 18 • 7:30 p.m. • DON P. Wolf
senior scientist, oregon regional primate center
In 1997 Don Wolf gained international recognition when he announced the successful production of two rhesus monkeys, Neti and Ditto. He continues to work on the production of clonally derived monkeys. He will discuss cloning–its potential and its limitations–in the context of commercial gain, the preservation of endangered or extinct species, and its use in biomedical research. Wolf will review recent developments in the field, such as the concept of using nuclear transfer to create embryonic stem cells for potential therapeutic use without the risk of rejection. A popular speaker, Wolf makes this complex topic accessible to the general audience.

October 25 • 7:30 p.m. • DAVID JAMES DUNCAN, WRITER
David James Duncan’s writing (The River Why, The Brothers K, River Teeth) has won him critical acclaim and a national voice on the connection between biodiversity and spiritual responsibility. Duncan makes a convincing case that the fate of our species and that of salmon are so deeply entwined that to drive salmon into extinction is "not just biocide, but spiritual suicide." With a deep respect for the world’s wisdom traditions leavened by an irreverent sense of humor, he will speak of the struggle to help interlinked species, honor ancient cultures, and preserve the best qualities in our own hearts and spirits by fighting for the wild salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

The Reed College Women’s Committee

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 Portland community.

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 more than 50 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 "A Sense of Humor," "Politics and the Media:" Who's Using Whom," "European Unity: 1992," and "Privacy and Censorship." Internationally recognized speakers have included Dale Chihuly, Arun Gandhi, Cleveland Amory, Mark Russell, Jane Howard, and Morris Dees.

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