A month of significant events
Reed welcomed the campus and wider communities this February with several well-attended series of speakers and events.
The college honored Black History Month with visits from Lani Guinier, Harvard law professor, author, and activist; Elijah Anderson, an expert on the sociology of blacks in America; and Lucille Clifton, winner of the National Book Award. Art events included 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.
Reflecting on the ‘90s: Politics and Policy in the New Millennium continued with a distinguished group of experts with diverse perspectives on public policy. The six-part series began with a roundtable discussion on the 2004 presidential election that included Paul Gronke, associate professor of political science. Subsequent speakers included Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, and Robert Johnston ’84, director of the teacher education program, University of Illinois at Chicago.
ROMP! (Reediana Omnibus Musica Philosopha) this year explored “Bach’s Cosmos.” This collaboration of music and scholarship between Reed and Chamber Music Northwest was sponsored by the Roth Family Foundation. The symposium featured lectures by Edward Rothstein, critic at large for the New York Times, and Michael Marissen, author of several books on music and theology, and concerts by Chamber Music Northwest and the Reed Cello Orchestra, with soprano Jill Soltero.