Reed College facilitates a Speakers Bureau of faculty and staff who are available to address topics of interest and expertise to Portland area high school classes and clubs. We will also consider requests from local libraries, museums, and other entities that serve our community. Interested parties should contact Laura Zientek, Associate Dean of Graduate and Special Programs (503-777-7259; email@example.com), to submit requests for a faculty speaker. She will take your information, contact the professor or staff expert about availability, and then put you in touch to arrange the details.
While we will accommodate as many requests as possible, schedule conflicts and demands upon faculty and staff experts' time make it difficult to complete all requests. Each member of the Bureau generally is available for no more than two presentations during the academic year, and will make one presentation at the designated school or organization (occasionally high school teachers combine multiple classes in the same subject for the presentation). Fall break, January, Spring break, and late May are times when Reed faculty often have the most flexibility to leave campus during high school hours. View Reed's academic calendar.
Request a speaker
You can facilitate the request process by providing the following information when making initial contact with the special programs office:
1) Your name and your role at your institution or organization 2) Name of your institution or organization 3) Phone number and best time to reach you 4) Reed faculty member or staff experts requested 5) Topic to be addressed 6) Class/group to be addressed 7) Year of students or age of participants and size of class/group 8) Date and time frame for Bureau member to address the class/group 9) Preference for remote or in-person visit
Professor Betsey Brada
What is anthropology? General presentation on topics such as what cultural anthropologists study and how they study it, careers in anthropology, or topic of teacher preference
So You Want to Save the World? Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, Humanitarianism, and International Development
The Future is African: Rethinking Africa in the American Imagination
The Open Gallery program is a visual arts outreach program. It coordinates presentations on the current exhibitions on-site at the Cooley Gallery or at the schools. The Cooley Gallery is housed in Reed College's Hauser Library, pictured above in a photo by Leah Nash.
Professor Derek Applewhite
Cell Biology and Microscopy
Experiences as a person from a historically excluded group in science
Discussion about the ongoing research in my lab (how cells migrate, change shape)
Professor Kara Cerveny
Cellular and developmental biology
Genetics (as it relates to embryonic development)
Career options as a biologist (prior experience as a high school science teacher, researcher in the UK and Germany, and writer/editor for Cell, a scientific journal)
Discussion of on-going work in my lab (genetic and cellular investigation of eye and brain growth and development in zebrafish, possibly including its relevance to health and human disease).
Professor Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado
Note: the topics can be covered and led in either English or Spanish for dual-language schools or bilingual students.
Crystals, Chemistry and Us
We live in a world of crystals, but do we know the science behind them? Learn some of the fascinating molecular aspects and properties of these objects.
Luminescence and the Oregon Coast: Shining Light on Molecules
Some objects and animals glow in the dark, and they look gorgeous on photos (#nofilter). But did you know the science behind molecular luminescence is even more fascinating? See the blurb of a recent talk here.
Chemistry for dual-language schools and bilingual students
Chemistry should be accessible to all members of our society. In Oregon, Spanish is the second most predominant language, and sometimes the only language spoken at home. I would be happy to lead a discussion in Spanish about any topic in chemistry. See examples here.
Discussion about the ongoing research in my lab and opportunities to get involved
My areas of research include: reactions in solids, molecular machines, crystallography, organic chemistry, mechanochemistry (including mortar-and-pestle).
Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Professor Nigel Nicholson
Ancient Greek Athletics / The Ancient Olympics
Greek and Roman Sports
Greek and Roman Literature
Professor Tom Landvatter
Archaeology and archaeological fieldwork
Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art and archaeology
Archaeology of death and burial
Pseudo-archaeology and pseudo-history
Professor Radhika Natarajan
The British Empire, including:
The history of settler colonialism and indigeneity in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Africa
Transatlantic slavery, its abolition and afterlives
Museums and Exhibitions, particularly human displays, history of collecting artifacts, and calls for repatriation of objects
Migration, especially transnational labor migrations and migration to Europe from former colonies
The World Wars
Imperial commemoration, nostalgic cultural production, and statue debates
Legacies of empire, ex. the Windrush Scandal, Brexit
Professor Margot Minardi
American activism against slavery
American social reform movements, 1776-1861 (including temperance, women's rights, abolitionism, etc.)
Social history of the American Revolution
History of education (including public schooling) in 18th- and 19th-century U.S.
Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Kyle Ormsby
Counting on symmetry – How do mathematicians make sense of symmetry, and what do they do with it? (Answers: groups, everything)
Regular polytopes in 2, 3, 4, and more dimensions – Classifying shapes and making sense of the sequence ∞, 5, 6, 3, 3, 3, 3, ….
How many holes does a straw have? – topology, Euler characteristic, and the power of definitions
Professor Meg Scharle
What is philosophy?
Ancient Greek philosophy, including special topics, such as Ancient Greek conceptions of soul, friendship, happiness, mortality, or theology
Ancient natural science (physics, chemistry, biology, meteorology)
Professor Mariela Daby
Latin American politics
Human rights in Latin America
Women and politics in Latin America
Corruption in developing countries
Johnny W. Powell, Professor of Physics Emeritus
Galactic astrophysics and cosmology
Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism
Experimental physics or computational physics
Admission and Financial Aid
Director of Financial Aid
Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
If you and your students would like to learn more about choosing, applying to, and paying for a selective college, Sandy Sundstrom, Reed College's Director of Financial Aid, and Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, offer a presentation to demystify financial aid and the college admission process. They also discuss application questions such as: