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


BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION AT REED COLLEGE

Events include lectures, readings, and an art exhibition


Reed College will celebrate Black History Month in February with four notable visitors: Randall Robinson, internationally respected advocate for human rights and democracy; renowned sociologist Orlando Patterson; and noted Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din. Please note that the previously scheduled reading by poet and activist Sonia Sanchez has been cancelled due to illness. Events include lectures, readings, and an art exhibition (see schedule below for details). All events are free and open to the public; for information see http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FEBRUARY 1–16, VOLLUM LOUNGE
ART EXHIBITION: ISAKA SHAMSUD-DIN
Isaka Shamsud-Din will show "Passage: Selected Works." See below for gallery hours.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 4:30 P.M., VOLLUM LOUNGE
SLIDE LECTURE: ISAKA SHAMSUD-DIN
Isaka Shamsud-Din, the first James DePreist Professor of art at Portland State University, is a lifelong Portland artist whose work appears in the Portland Art Museum and in many collections (including that of Reed College) around the region. Shamsud-Din's ties to PSU reach back to the 1960s, when he was president of the Black Student Union and later worked to introduce scholarship opportunities for minority students. Though he left Portland to be involved in the civil rights movement in the South and work in the San Francisco area, Shamsud-Din found himself in Portland again in the 1980s. He then involved himself in mural projects at local high schools and government buildings in an attempt to create a self-perpetuating sense of community among African American artists. He hopes to continue these efforts and more in his new position.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 7:30 P.M., KAUL AUDITORIUM
LECTURE: RANDALL ROBINSON ON SLAVERY REPARATIONS
Randall Robinson is author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks; The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other; and Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America. A past president of TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum, Robinson is widely recognized for his leadership of the Free South Africa Movement (which pushed successfully for the imposition of comprehensive economic sanctions to end apartheid in South Africa), his efforts to highlight the effect of globalization on Africa and the Caribbean, his work to win support for reparations for African Americans, and his efforts to alert Americans to the causes and implication of America's burgeoning prison industrial complex. Robinson has worked as assistant to Congressman Charles Diggs and Congressman William Clay, was a Ford Foundation Fellow, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Sponsored by Reed's Multicultural Enrichment Committee.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7:30 P.M., KAUL AUDITORIUM
LECTURE: ORLANDO PATTERSON, "THE CONSEQUENCES OF SLAVERY FOR THE AFRO-AMERICAN PRESENT"
Orlando Patterson is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. His research into historical and contemporary America, with special emphasis on the intersecting problems of race, immigration, and multiculturalism, has distinguished him as one of the nation's leading authorities on slavery and its legacies. His books include Slavery and Social Death, Rituals of Blood: The Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries, and Freedom: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, for which he won the National Book Award. Recipient of the Ralph Bunche Sociological Award of the American Political Science Association for the best scholarly work on pluralism, Patterson is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of three novels, a number of anthologized short stories, and numerous reviews and critical essays that appear regularly in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the New Republic. Sponsored by Reed's Multicultural Enrichment Committee with support from the Reed sociology, anthropology, and political science departments; the Charles McKinley Fund; and the R.H. and B.D. Ellis sociology lecture fund.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
POETRY READING AND BOOK SIGNING: SONIA SANCHEZ
Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 16 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Wounded in the House of a Friend, and most recently Shake Loose My Skin. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, an American Book Award, a Pew Fellowship, the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, and the 2001 Frost Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the Poetry Society of America. A founding member of the "Broadside Quartet," Sanchez is also known for her involvement in the civil rights movement and later in the black arts movement. She has lectured and has read her poetry widely nationally and internationally. Sponsored by Reed's Multicultural Enrichment Committee with support from Reed Arts Week (RAW), Reed's division of literature and languages, and the Reed visiting writers series.

OPEN HOURS FOR ISAKA SHAMSUD-DIN EXHIBITION IN VOLLUM LOUNGE
Saturday, February 1:
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 2: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, February 3: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 6: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, February 7:
CLOSED
Saturday, February 8: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 9: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, February 10: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, February 13: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, February 14: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 15: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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