Parent & Family Weekend


Below is the 2014 schedule. The 2015 schedule will be released in the early fall.

Friday, November 7

Attend a class

8 a.m.–4 p.m.
A list of classes will be available when you check in. You can see a list of classes that are available to attend here.

Registration, Parent Lounge

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Kaul Auditorium, Gray Lounge
Check in to receive your schedule booklet, campus map, information about Portland, and nametag. 

Campus Tour

10 a.m. (also available at 2 p.m.)
Led by student tour guides, this is a great way to get to know Reed. Tour leaves promptly and takes one hour.

The Philosophy of Bon Appétit

10:30–11 a.m.
Debby Bridges, general manager of Reed College Bon Appétit, and Vanessa White, operations manager, will speak on Bon Appétit's philosophy of food service, emphasizing sustainability and the use of organic products. They will answer your questions about the food options available.

Exhibition tour with curator Stephanie Snyder '91

11 a.m.–noon
Tour Reed's very own museum, the Cooley Gallery—home to exhibitions by renowned artists such as Kara Walker, Bruce Nauman, and David Reed. The Cooley Gallery produces three to four annual exhibitions of work that would not otherwise be seen in the region. Reed students intern at the Cooley in educational outreach and curatorial research. Come tour and discuss the current exhibition and get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Cooley.

Resources for Success: Getting to know the Center for Life Beyond Reed

11 a.m.–noon
Join Brooke Hunter, assistant director for strategic partnerships, and members of her student intern team to learn about how students can build their experience base and their resumes through engaging beyond campus through internships, summer jobs, grants, and fellowships.

Canyon Tour

1 p.m. (also available on Saturday)
Come see the canyon and learn from Zac Perry, restoration ecologist, about the restoration of this beautiful natural area in Reed’s backyard. The tour leaves promptly at 1 p.m. and returns at 2:30 p.m. Please wear outdoor shoes.

Nuclear Reactor Tour

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. (also available on Saturday)
Reed College has the only nuclear reactor in the nation that is primarily operated by undergraduates. Licensed students use it for thesis projects and to increase their understanding of radiation and radioactivity. The tour is limited to 20 people per session.

Calligraphy Workshop

2–4 p.m. 
Students, staff, faculty, and alumni have been participating in the revival of Reed's calligraphy tradition by attending the Reed Scriptorium. Join Gregory MacNaughton ’89, education outreach and calligraphy initiative coordinator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, for a parent and family scriptorium for all levels—no previous experience is necessary and all necessary materials will be provided.

Informational session on international programs

3–4 p.m.
Learn about Reed’s international programs including off-campus/international study options for Reed students, the international student/scholar population, and on-campus international programs from Paul DeYoung, director of international programs.

Admission Sibling Information Session

3–4 p.m.
Are you visiting the Reedie in your family, curious to learn more about this college your sibling is attending? Then consider joining Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and Crockett Marr ’99, Assistant Dean of Admission, for a session about Reed, and we can capture your own interest when exploring your plans for college!

Friday at Four concert

4 p.m.
The music department invites you to attend an hour of music showcasing Reed's talented students.

Biology department seminar

4:10–5 p.m.
Please plan on arriving on time and staying for the duration of the talk.

Family Reception, hosted by President Kroger

5–6 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments and mingle with the president, faculty, and staff. Students are welcome with their families.

Break for dinner

6:30 p.m.
Dine with your student in commons or visit one of Portland's many superb restaurants.

Student Theatre Performance of Marisol by José Rivera, directed by Kate Duffly, assistant professor of theatre

7:30 p.m.
The angels are leading a revolution against God. In this magical realist play, Marisol searches for home in an apocalyptic New York, where people must fight for survival, coffee is extinct, and debtors are tortured. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 seniors (over 62), or $3 Reed  students, faculty, staff, and alumni and can be reserved online at, by calling 503/777-7284, or at the theatre box office, located in the Performing Arts Building; 12–12:50 p.m. M–F during show weeks & 6 p.m. on show nights.

Saturday, November 8

Registration, Parent Lounge

8:30 a.m.–noon, Kaul Auditorium, Gray lounge
Meet informally with members of the college staff and fellow parents.

Continental Breakfast and Conversation with President Kroger, Senior Staff, and Faculty

9:15–10:15 a.m.
Join President John R. Kroger, senior staff, and faculty as they discuss Reed’s distinctive program highlighting the opportunities available for your student, followed by time for questions.

Resources for Success: Getting to know the Center for Life Beyond Reed

10:30–11:30 a.m.
See description under Friday's listing.

Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament

10:30–until tournament ends
Spectators are encouraged to attend the 16th annual Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament for Reed students.

Canyon Tour

1 p.m.
See description under Friday's listing.

Nuclear Reactor Tour

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m.
See description under Friday's listing.

Public Policy Lecture

2–5 p.m.,Vollum lecture hall; reception to follow in Vollum lounge

Eduardo Medina-Mora on “Mexico and the United States: Challenges and Opportunities”

This talk will examine the concept of North America and the relationship between the United States and Mexico by focusing on questions of trade, migration, and drug policy, among others. Eduardo Medina-Mora was appointed Ambassador of Mexico to the United States in January 2013 and previously served as Ambassador of Mexico to the Court of Saint James (United Kingdom 20092012). He is the only official in history to have held the three top civilian security positions in the Mexican cabinet: Attorney General (20062009), Secretary of Public Security (20052006), and Director-General of Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency (20002005). Ambassador Medina-Mora negotiated the Border Security Agreement between the United States and Mexico in 2002 and coordinated the legal advisory group to the Mexican Government during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. He has a degree in law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is the author of two books, and was awarded the Diplomat of the Year for the Americas award by Diplomat Magazine in 2012. This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Student Theatre Performance of Marisol by José Rivera, directed by Kate Duffly, assistant professor of theatre

7:30 p.m.
See description under Friday’s listing.