REED HOME Gryphon icon
reed magazine logoSummer 2008


A Multitude of Notes

Reunions 2008, which focused on music, was the largest reunions gathering to date, with more than 1,000 alumni, partners, children, faculty, and staff registered.

The week began with Alumni College workshops on composition, jug band, swing guitar, improvisation, ukulele, and Pacific Northwest fiddle. Instructors included Bruce Bennett ’90; Marianne Brogan ’84; Mark Burford, assistant professor of music; Scott Foster ’77; Barry Hansen ’63; Larry Karush ’68; David Romtvedt ’72; David Schiff, R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music; Philip Williams ’58; and Vivian Tomlinson Williams ’59.

The third annual all-class wine tasting was held early in the program and showcased alumni who work in the wine industry, including David Autrey ’89 of Westrey Wine Company, Mike Bascom ’83 of John’s Marketplace, Peter M. Gladhart ’62 of Winter’s Hill Vineyard, and Gabe Quitslund ’97 of Oregon Brand Management.

Convocation, the formal kickoff of reunions, featured a welcome by President Colin Diver and the world premiere of an improvisational jazz piano concerto composed by David Schiff and performed by pianist Larry Karush ’68. Twelve class dinners followed, with 1983’s 25th reunion dinner topping the attendance charts with 79 people. (More photos can be found at

Listen to a selection of music from Reunions 2008. Go to

Mark Your Calendar for Reunions 2009!


Humanities Workshop, JUNE 3–5

Alumni College will focus on the humanities, examining challenges and changes to the liberal arts curriculum over the past 40 years, including the rise of multiculturalism, the Canon Wars, and the rise of technology. We will undertake a critical review of contemporary arguments for making humanities the heart of a liberal arts education.


Reed Toga Party
Celebrating 100 Years of Reed Humanities, JUNE 2–7

Get out your togas and dust off your copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey! Reunions 2009 celebrates nearly 100 years of Reed myths, rituals, and rites of passage—all the things that make a Reedie a Reedie—with special focus on the humanities program. Put your education to the test in a humanities conference for 1,000 (no reading required), where we will discuss the challenges of our time, including bioethics, global economics, intellectual property and open sourcing, global warming, and terrorism and civil liberties. Join us for a panel discussion of curriculum changes at Reed in the late ’60s, including the Black Studies program, the college in exile, the learning community experiment, and the Evergreen exodus. Come to a special group therapy thesis parade and reenact that traumatic march from the library to the quad with your classmates. The Doyle Owl may make an appearance.

If you are interested in volunteering for Reunions 2009, please contact Mela Kunitz ’87, assistant director of alumni & parent relations: or 503/777-7789.

reed magazine logoSummer 2008