Outreach Programs

Faculty Speakers Bureau

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 Ashley Hudson, Associate Dean of Graduate and Special Programs (503-777-7259; special_programs@reed.edu), 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.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we may not be able to accommodate all requests for faculty speakers.

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
    (flexibility works best!)

Anthropology

Brada portrait

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

Art

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.

Biology

Kara Cerveny Portrait

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 her lab (genetic and cellular investigation of eye growth and development in zebrafish) and its relevance to health and human disease.

Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Nigel Nicholson Portrait

Professor Nigel Nicholson

  • Greek Tragedy
  • Ancient Greek Athletics / The Ancient Olympics
  • Greek and Roman Sports
  • Greek and Roman Literature

History

Professor Natarajan portrait

 Professor Radhika Natarajan

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
    • The Raj
    • 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
      Pan Africanism
    • The World Wars
    • Development
    • Decolonization
    • 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

Mathematics

Kyle Ormsby Portrait

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

Political Science

Mariela Daby Portrait

Professor Mariela Szwarcberg Daby

  • Latin American politics
  • Human rights in Latin America
  • Women and politics in Latin America
  • Corruption in developing countries

Physics

Johnny Powell Portrait

Johnny W. Powell, Professor of Physics Emeritus

  • Galactic astrophysics and cosmology
  • Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism
  • Experimental physics or computational physics

Psychology

Kris Anderson Portrait

Professor Kris Anderson

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Adolescent and emerging adult alcohol and other drug use
  • Women athletes across the life span
Glenn Baker Portrait

Professor Glenn Baker

  • Prejudice and discrimination
    • What it looks like
    • Reasons why it occurs
    • Reasons why it is so persistent
  • Judgmental Biases
    • What they are (and aren’t)
    • How aware people are of their own biases
  • Political partisanship and political polarization
    • Why political identities are so potent
    • Reasons why the United States is current so politically polarized
  • Obedience and authority
    • When, why, and how do people obey figures of authority?

Admission and Financial Aid

Sandy Sundstrom Portrait

Sandy Sundstrom,

Director of Financial Aid

Milyon Trulove Portrait

Milyon Trulove,

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:

  • What are colleges looking for?
  • How should I present myself?
  • How do I write a strong essay?