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This year's Paideia at Reed, the student-run independent activities period between semesters, offers three music lectures and a full-on show from music historian and radio legend Dr. Demento (otherwise known as Barret Hansen), a 1963 Reed graduate in music. Admission is free to the three lectures, on January 16, 17, and 18. Tickets for the "Festival of Dementia" on January 19 are available at the door at $5 for the general public, with free admission for children under 12 and members of the Reed community. For more information call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755. Information may also be found closer to the events at or by emailing

A Century of Pop Music—From Ragtime to Rap
Wednesday, January 16
6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, free admission

Dr. Demento will give a brief history of the evolution of popular music over the past century.

Can You Win a War with Music?
Thursday, January 17
6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, free admission

A presentation of wartime songs from WWI to the war on terrorism and the effects that music can bring about during times of war.

Illegal Smiles: Drug Songs from the 1920s to Today
Friday, January 18
6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall, free admission

Come listen to songs about drugs that the FCC doesn't want you to hear.

Dr. Demento's Festival of Dementia
Saturday, January 19
6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
$5 admission for general public; free to children under 12 and Reed community members

Dr. Demento presents a multimedia show of his favorite novelty recordings, both new and old. Come see this famous radio host do what he does best!

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