Reed Arts Weekend, March 4–7, Focuses On "Illusionary Space"

Reed College’s 10th annual Reed Arts Weekend, March 4 to 7, explored the concept of illusionary space. Featured performers and artists in this student-organized celebration included Seattle’s Theater Simple, dance company Aero/Betty, writer Martha Gies, artist Cynthia Pachikara, and filmmaker and performance artist Miranda July.

The works of sculptor Cynthia Pachikara, Reed visiting assistant professor of art, were on display throughout RAW. Her work, in a variety of media including video and photo installation, has explored themes that include her South Indian family’s emigration from India and her occasional return. New City magazine called one of her installations "the most complete photo-work exhibited in Chicago in living memory." Pachikara holds an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois–Champaign-Urbana and a B.S. from Purdue University. She has been on the Reed faculty since 1998.

Hare and Karoly earn tenure

Denise Hare, assistant professor of economics, and Keith Karoly, assistant professor of biology, have been awarded tenure, effective September 1999. The board of trustees at their February meeting ratified the decision of the Committee on Advancement and Tenure.

Hare's research focuses primarily on the rural economies of China and Vietnam, with an emphasis on human resource issues and household resource allocation decisions. She has recently begun a new project on forest worker co-operatives in Oregon. Hare has served as consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and Vietnam's Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs. She earned a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University and has been on the Reed faculty since 1992.

Karoly’s professional interests lie generally in plant evolution and the evolution of plant mating systems. He has received doctoral and postdoctoral research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as recent grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Howard Hughes faculty development fund. Karoly has served on the population biology program advisory panel for the NSF and as the biology section co-chair for the Oregon Academy of Sciences. He earned a B.A. from Whitman College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1993.

Reed contributes to prestigious journal

"Today only four percent of all American baccalaureate degrees are awarded at residential liberal arts colleges. Yet these colleges remain remarkably prominent in and vital to American education. They remain the best models of undergraduate education in the country."

That is according to President Steven Koblik in his foreword to "Distinctly American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges," the winter 1999 issue of Daedalus, published by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Koblik also served as editorial consultant.

The journal's 14 provocative essays offer a critical examination of the significant contributions that residential liberal arts colleges have made to American intellectual life. It also focuses on the prospects faced by all colleges and universities, regardless of size or status, under conditions of increasing economic competition.

Reed alumna Priscilla W. Laws ’61, an award-winning professor of physics at Dickinson College, contributed to the volume with an essay on new approaches to science and mathematics teaching at liberal arts colleges. Other authors include scholars and historians of American higher education, college presidents, and notable alumni from the small college environment.

"Distinctly American: The Residential Liberal Arts Colleges" was a collaborative effort between Daedalus and the Annapolis Group, an association of America's leading national liberal arts colleges. Reed has played a major role in the Annapolis Group since its inception five years ago. One of the group's primary goals is to assert the perspective and values of schools like Reed into the national higher education public policy arena.

Koblik also wrote in the foreword that "For most Americans, the residential liberal arts colleges lack visibility. They have neither famous athletic programs nor large numbers of alumni. The media tend to ignore them. The colleges themselves have been buffeted by the main cross-currents of American higher education: the dominance of the large public and private universities; increased specialization of the professoriate; the creation of a highly competitive national market for higher education; the economics of the education sector; and a growing public demand for training and certification rather than the preparation of our youth for lives that will be satisfying, professionally and intellectually. Today, small residential liberal arts colleges, even the strongest of them, face an uncertain future."

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