Black History Month
Reed's celebration of Black History Month will bring together powerful speakers, acclaimed musicians, poetry, and an art exhibition featuring photographs of the early Black Panther movement.
"Black Panthers 1968: Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones," which opened in January, presents 45 photographs from 1968's "A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers." Noted photographers Baruch and Jones were invited by Eldridge Cleaver to chronicle the Black Panther movement in and around Oakland, California. Jones will give an artist's talk February 9 in Biology 19, with a reception following in the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.
On February 2, Grammy Award winners the Fairfield Four will perform a concert in Kaul Auditorium. The group has been among the top-ranked gospel groups in the country for more than 50 years. Deemed a National Treasure in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fairfield Four recently received a Grammy for their performance on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
On February 18 in Kaul Auditorium, Cornel West will present a lecture, "Democracy Matters," followed by a book signing. West, currently the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University, changed the course of America's dialogue on race, justice, and democracy through his scholarship that weaves together traditions of the Baptist church, transcendentalism, socialism, and pragmatism.
Poet Tim Seibles speaks at Reed on February 24 in Vollum Lounge. The author of six collections of poetry including the recent Buffalo Head Solos, has received many grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Writers Project. His other books include Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Body Moves.
On February 28, Washington University of St. Louis professor James Gibson will give a lecture, "Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?"
A well-known scholar of constitutional law, civil liberties, and judicial behavior, Gibson is currently investigating the transformation of South African society in the context of its much-heralded Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
The lecture is co-sponsored by Reed's Public Policy Lecture Series and by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights.
From February 19 to 26, Reed and ROMP! (Reediana Omnibus Musica Philosopha) will partner with the Oregon Symphony and Chamber Music Northwest to present a Brahms festival in Portland. This year's ROMP! will focus on the historical and cultural milieu that fostered the genius of Johannes Brahms. The symphony will perform Brahms' German Requiem and his Symphony No. 2 in D major. The chamber ensemble will perform two separate programs including a Brahms piano trio, quintets, and string quartet. Featured lecturers include Columbia University professor and Brahms scholar Walter Frisch, Celia Applegate of the University of Rochester, and Anna Burton, a New York City psychoanalyst. For more information, performance dates, venues, and ticket prices, visit www.reed.edu/ROMP/.