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Spring 06

On the cover
Silhouette photos by Stacia Torborg ’07 of a rehearsal of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, the thesis production of Kati Sweaney ’06, staged in spring 2006.


Mitchell Hartman

Associate Editor
Amy Taylor

Alumni News Editor
Robin Tovey '97

Development News Editor
Matt Kelly

Class Notes
Laurie Lindquist

Graphic Designer
Chris Michel

Associate Graphic Designer
Laura Pritchard

Web Design
Tony Moreno

About this Issue
The phone rang in the public affairs office one April morning, initiating an incident that is pure Reed. Yes, we told the person on the line, we would be happy to show some folks from Hollywood around the campus to see if Reed fit the needs of a movie to be directed this summer by Sean Penn. Read more.



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Into the Limelight
Will the performing arts at Reed finally have a home to call their own? Plans are afoot for a new center for the study of music, theatre, and dance.

life in venice imageLife in Venice
In a lab in Venice, Italy, Reed philosophy professor Mark Bedau ’76 and physicist Norman Packard ’77 race to produce a living organism and take some young Reedies along on the ride. Is their work efficacious? Is it ethical?

scholar imageThe Mother Tongue
Comes to Kansas
Jonathan Boyarin ’77 plants seeds of Yiddish culture, and finds traces of Jewish history, on the Great Plains.



Supporting Reed

A Lifelong Habit

Read Letters from

Albert Himoe ’59

Joseph L. Ruby ’79

Lee Beaumont

Lorne Shelson

Esther Hyatt Wender ’58

Frank Selker ’81

Lisa Davidson ’71

John W. Thompson, M.D. ’55

Cheryl Gunselman MALS ’00

Robert J. Palladino

Class Notes

Let your classmates know what you’ve been doing. Photographs are welcome, although not all photographs can be printed. Please
let us know if you want your photo returned. Be sure to include class years, your full name while you were a student, and your phone number or email address in case we need to reach you.

Post your class notes online; mail your notes to Alumni Relations, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR 97202-8199; email us at This issue’s class notes reflect material received by March 5, 2005.


Read about books by Reedies. You can purchase these and other books through Reed's bookstore.


McCarthyism Laid to Rest?

By Michael Munk ’56

Online Directory

Reedís online alumni directory, ReedLink, includes class notes, volunteer and job opportunities, and contact information for fellow alumni. Reunion-year class albums are posted as well.

New registrants must enter their Reed ID (the six-digit number on the mailing label of this magazine) and birthdate to get started.


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