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Month-long celebration also features exhibitions of the works<br>

Portland, OR (December 10, 2003) - Reed College will honor Black History Month in February with a variety of speakers and artists, including Lani Guinier , Harvard law professor, author, and activist; Elijah Anderson , professor of social sciences and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on the sociology of blacks in America; Lucille Clifton , winner of the National Book Award; the special exhibition Whispers from the Walls: The Art of Whitfield Lovell at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery; and an installation by Portland artist damali ayo .

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit   or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.


January 28-March 3, 2004, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Gallery
Whispers from the Walls
Reception: Wednesday, March 3, 8 p.m., Reed student union

Whispers from the Walls is Whitfield Lovell's meticulous and personal installation of a reconstructed 1920s African American sharecropper's home from Quakertown, Texas. The home is surrounded by derelict clothing and populated by haunting graphite drawings of African Americans who were displaced from their land. The home contains the furnishings of lives lived in poverty, but rich in community, family, and faith.

Special Lecture: Art historian Leslie Kind-Hammond will give a public lecture on the work of Whitfield Lovell and Jacob Lawrence on Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lecture hall . Admission is free.

The Whitfield Lovell exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a National Division of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The exhibition inaugurates the Cooley Gallery's new Open Gallery program, an outreach initiative that brings Reed's exhibitions to the K-12 and higher-ed educational communities. We gratefully acknowledge the Regional Arts and Culture Council's support of Cooley Gallery's Open Gallery program. For more information visit .

Monday, February 9, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
"Affirmative Action"

In 1998 Lani Guinier became the first black woman appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Guinier came to public attention when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993 to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, only to have her name withdrawn without a confirmation hearing. Author of Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice as well as many articles and op-ed pieces on democratic theory, political representation, educational equity, and race and gender, Guinier argues that colleges should practice "confirmative action," meaning that all students should be evaluated and educated to confirm the sacred, democratic mission of higher learning. She is the recipient of the Champion of Democracy Award and eight honorary degrees.

Wednesday, February 18, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
"Violence and the Inner-City Poor"

Elijah Anderson is professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on the sociology of black America, he is the author of several, now classic, sociological works, including Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community , The Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City , and A Place on the Corner:   A Study of Black Street Corner Men . He has also authored numerous articles on the black experience, including "Of Old Heads and Young Boys:   Notes on the Urban Black Experience," commissioned by the National Research Council's Committee on the Status of Black Americans, "Sex Codes and Family Life among Inner-City Youth," and "The Code of the Streets," which was the cover story in the May 1994 issue of the Atlantic Monthly . Anderson is the past vice president of the American Sociological Association.

Wednesday, February 25, 8 P.M., Kaul Auditorium

Poet and children's book writer Lucille Clifton is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the recipient of a National Book Award, an Emmy Award, and is the only author to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize twice in the same year (1987, Next and Good Woman ). Her books of poetry include Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000 ; The Terrible Stories ; The Book of Light (1993); Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 ; Next: New Poems (1987); Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 .   Winner of the Juniper Prize, The Shelley Memorial Award, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others, Clifton has served as poet laureate for the state of Maryland and is currently distinguished professor of humanities at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The lectures by Lani Guinier, Elijah Anderson, and Lucille Clifton have been generously supported by the President's office, the sociology department's Ellis Lecture Fund, the political science department, the anthropology department's Ellis Lecture Fund, the American studies program, and the Visiting Writers Series.

February 1-March 14, 2004, Hauser Memorial Library
damali ayo : Case Works I
Big-Eyed Street Smarts: How I sometimes find myself & Living Flag
Reception: Wednesday, March 3, 8 p.m., Reed student union

damali ayo is a Portland artist whose works explore identity, race, and social relations. How I sometimes find myself consists of a sculptural series based on the Golliwog, a pejorative racial caricature . ayo's installation also includes images from her Living Flag series, in which the artist panhandles for reparations throughout the United States.

Artist's Talk:   damali ayo will give a public talk on her work on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Reed student union.

damali ayo's exhibition is a collaboration between the Cooley Gallery and Reed Arts Week (RAW), and inaugurates the Cooley Gallery's new Case Works series. Case Works presents small-scale exhibitions by regional artists in the library display cases donated by John and Betty Gray. Case Work's inaugural exhibition is dedicated to Betty Gray's many achievements on behalf of the arts at Reed. For more information visit

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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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