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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact

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


FORUM 2002 LECTURE SERIES: REFLECTIONS ON AMERICA'S PROMISE

The Reed College Women’s Committee Forum 2002 lecture series, Reflections on America's Promise, will present four Thursday lectures during the month of October–October 3, 10, 17, and 24–in the Kaul Auditorium on the Reed campus. The speakers, Reed alumni with expertise in government, education, medicine, and international affairs, will explore the meaning of America's promise from their distinct vantage points. 

Speakers this year are writer and policy scholar Mira Kamdar ’80; physicist and honored professor Priscilla Watson Laws ’61; celebrated neuroscientist Wise Young ’71; and senior Foreign Service officer Donald Steinberg ’74.(See other side for details on the lectures.)

 Series tickets are $35 and can be purchased in advance directly from committee members, online at http://web.reed.edu/womenscommittee, or by mail c/o Reed College Women’s Committee, 1320 NE 19th Ave., Portland OR 97232. Each series ticket may be used for four admissions for any lecture. Individual tickets are available only at the door for $15. All proceeds from Forum 2002 support the Reed College Women’s Committee Scholarship Fund. For further information, please call 503/777-7787.

 Reception, books and tapes

Please join us in the lobby of the Kaul Auditorium for a reception an hour before each lecture. Books relating to the lecture topics will be sold before and after each lecture, and forms for ordering tapes of individual lectures or the entire series will be available.

 

 

This press release may also be found at http://administration.reed.edu/news/news.taf.

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FORUM 2002 Reflections on America's Promise

Kaul Auditorium in the Gray Campus Center, Reed College

 

October 3 t 10:30 a.m. t MIRA KAMDAR ’80, AUTHOR AND SENIOR FELLOW,
WORLD POLICY INSTITUTE, NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY
Belonging in America: Asian Americans or Permanent Aliens?

An early wave of South Asian professionals succeeded in achieving the American dream. But a stubborn glass ceiling and an increase in hate crimes and discrimination have led many to ask whether success is enough to secure belonging in America. Member of the editorial board of the World Policy Journal, Kamdar is the author of the critically acclaimed Motiba's Tattoos: A Granddaughter's Journey Into Her Indian Family's Past. She studies and writes on economic and political transition in India, the status of women in the evolving global economy, and cultural and social aspects of global change.

 

October 10 t 7:30 p.m. t PRISCILLA WATSON LAWS ’61
RESEARCH PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS, DICKINSON COLLEGE
Technology, Culture, and American Education

Technology shapes our culture and has been used to "revolutionize" education. Laws will reflect on technology's influence on education, especially in science. She recently conducted NSF institutes for high school teachers seeking to conform to science education standards. In 1986 she initiated the Workshop Physics Project for high school and college students. Her awards include the Dana Foundation Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, and the Robert A. Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers for notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics.

 

October 17 t 10:30 a.m. t WISE YOUNG ’71, DIRECTOR, W.M. KECK CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE NEUROSCIENCE, AND PROFESSOR, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
The Basis for Hope for Spinal Cord Injury

Most spinal cord injury studies assume that recovery does not occur after injury, but this premise has held back research. Data now suggest that significant repair, plasticity, and regenerative potential are present in the injured spinal cord, opening a world of therapeutic approaches. Recognized by Time magazine as "America’s Best" in spinal cord injury research, Young was part of the team that established high-dose methylprednisolone as the first effective therapy for spinal cord injuries. Young has consulted with Christopher Reeve and been featured in media worldwide.

 

October 24 t 7:30 p.m. t DONALD STEINBERG ’74, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE POLICY PLANNING STAFF, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

American Foreign Policy a Year Later: Too Important to be Left to Diplomats

Since September 11, Americans have assumed a prime role in the development and conduct of foreign policy through civil society, businesses, and advocacy groups. Steinberg will discuss how we can use our nation’s renewed interest in foreign affairs to set a course of action. Steinberg is a career senior foreign service officer with the rank of minister counselor. He has served in positions that include ambassador to Angola and special representative of the President for global humanitarian de-mining. He is a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for promoting international peace.

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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 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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