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Anthropologist and artist Dale Pesmen will present "What do you start with? Why do you care?" discussing creativity, personal engagement, and trying to write well, on Thursday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reed College psychology auditorium. The lecture, sponsored by the Reed anthropology department, is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

Dale Pesmen is the author of Russia and Soul: An Exploration (Cornell University Press, 2000) as well as a number of articles in journals and edited volumes. She has translated museum catalogues, plays, and verse from Russian and has interpreted for theater groups in Russia and the United States. As a visual artist, Pesmen works in oil paints, charcoal, and collage. She has collaborated on theatrical and conceptual art projects, including one at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. A one-woman exhibition of her paintings and drawings was presented in Chicago in 1997. Pesman did anthropological fieldwork in Omsk, Siberia, in the early 1990s and received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.

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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