Reed Alumniwinter2007

Regional Gatherings

New York

We had a pleasantly busy autumn. In October, Max Weissberg ’04 led a group of about 40 people on a historic tour of Gramercy Park and the recently renovated Gramercy Park Hotel. In November, we were lucky enough to have a group attend a screening of The Last Atomic Bomb by documentary filmmaker Robert Richter ’50, and participate in a Q&A session afterward. Winter and spring events in the works may include a Knicks-Blazers NBA game in March. If you’re interested in helping out or have ideas for other events, please contact Will Swarts ’92 at swartsreedalum@hotmail.com or Kees Schouten ’98 at kschouten@gmail.com.

Southern California

Our annual solstice party was on December 2, and though some last-minute cancellations made this year’s attendance less than last year’s record, everyone had a good time. The book group continues to meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday of the month.

The next annual event scheduled is a picnic on August 5. Alumni visiting our area are invited to join our events. Call or send email ahead for particulars. Inquiries may be directed to Robert Hadley ’53 by telephone at 310/391-1427 or by email to BobPatHadley@aol.com.



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Chicago

On October 14, about 30 alumni and parents met at the downtown campus of DePaul University to hear Darius Rejali, Reed professor of political science, speak on “Torture and Democracy.” Inclement weather delayed Professor Rejali’s arrival; however, it gave us ample time to mingle, as well as to receive a thorough run-down of college happenings from Robin Tovey ’97, assistant alumni relations director. Professor Rejali was gracious enough to remain long afterwards to answer questions and lead a lively discussion.

Our next event is our sixth-annual dim sum brunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It will be held at 10 a.m. on February 25 at Chinatown’s Three Happiness Restaurant (2130 S. Wentworth Ave). Please contact Greg Clarke ’88 at glc0012@yahoo.com to RSVP. View more details.

Interested in learning more about chapter activities? Contact chapter co-chair Chantal Sudbrack ’97 at chantalroom@yahoo.com.

Portland

In October we restarted our monthly brewpub gatherings, now titled “Thirsty Third Thursdays,” after a hiatus of several years; if you are in town on the third Thursday of the month, check the Porltand chapter website for the location and join us! On November 9, a few hardy souls attended the Reed theatre production of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel by Tennessee Williams, and on November 11 a few more hardy souls braved the weather to volunteer with current students on various community service projects.