Black History Month

Join the Reed community as we celebrate and honor the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights Movement, and the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture.

The New Jim Crow Dinner & Discussions

February 7, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m., GCC-B
February 7, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m., GCC-C
February 8, 2017, 6–7:30 p.m., GCC-B
February 9, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m., Aspen Multipurpose Room
February 14, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m., Psychology 102
February 16, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m., Aspen Multipurpose Room

The Office for Institutional Diversity will host a series of dinners and book conversations for community members who have read the 2017 Community Reading Project book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, a chance to come together with other community members to discuss the book. Each dinner of 10-12 community members will be led by a pair of faculty members. To reserve a dinner spot, please RSVP here. Dinners will be filled based off of availability on a first come, first serve basis. Dinners are open to Reed community members only.

“Ori Inu: In Search of Self” Film Screening and Conversation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Ori Inu: In Search of Self" is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble. Please join the Multicultural Resource Center in the screening of this film and discussion with the two filmmakers, Chelsea Odufu and Emann Odufu. This event is free and open to the public.

MRC Tuesday Talks

On-going, Every Tuesday in February from 12-1 p.m.
February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28
Student Center Living Room

Tuesday Talks are weekly "brown bag lunch" conversations on topics related to identity and inclusion. Conversations are facilitated by Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) interns and are open to the entire Reed community. We are dedicated Tuesday Talks in February to Black History Month and will discuss censured or overlooked history, the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, and current issues of race and racism in higher education. Please bring your lunch and join us! Reed affiliated community members only.

“Dreams Are Colder Than Death” Film Screening and Conversation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 6:30–8 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

"Dreams Are Colder Than Death" asks what it means to be black in the 21st century. This event, held in preparation of Fed Moten's visit to Reed, will include a screening of Arthur Jafa's 2014 film, "Dreams Are Colder than Death" followed by a discussion guided by Samiya Bashir (creative writing) and Kris Cohen (art history). Select short readings from Morten's poetry and critical theory will be made available prior to the event. All are welcome.

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” Film Screening and Conversation

Monday, March 6, 2017, 7–9:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Building (PAB) 320

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Please join us for the free public screening of this documentary by acclaimed African American director Stanley Nelson.

Portland Black Panthers Seminar

Tuesday, March 7, 6–9 p.m.
Vollum Lounge

This seminar will be a conference-style conversation of the book, The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City, co-authored by Lucas Burke and Judson Jefferies, led by Reed American Studies faculty. The Portland Black Panthers considers the activities of the Portland chapter of The Black Panther Party from the late 1960s through the 1970s and extends an opportunity to assess anti-racist activism close to home from a historical perspective. This event is open to Reed students and by RSVP only. Space is limited. Please contact Mark Burford, to RSVP or for more information.

David R. Eddings Lecture: Fred Moten

Thursday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Eliot Hall Chapel

Poet Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson's Tavern, B. Jenkins, and The Feel Trio, which is a finalist for the National Book Award. Fred Moten teaches at the University of California Riverside, and will be Reed's 2017 Eddings Lecturer. This event is free and open to the public.