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Salim Moore ’11


Hometown: Pasadena, California

Who I was when I got to Reed: I was a total greenhorn. In high school, I pretty much played Dungeons and Dragons and video games. When I came to Reed, the floodgates opened. I had to hit the ground running.

How Reed changed me: Sometimes I think of my Reed experience as a boat. I am a sailor and Reed is the ship. Reed taught me how to think about the world in other ways. Some of that happened inside the classroom, some of it happened outside the classroom. I learned how to be comfortable in my own shoes, walk the walk, and talk the talk.

Influential book: The Mabinogion, a collection of medieval Welsh myths.

Favorite spots: Prexy and the canyon. They both have beautiful music.

Cool stuff I did: Discovered how to brew beer, speak the language of dance, play the accordion, and spin fire. Performed with YAM, an improv comedy troupe that never uses the same name twice. (Yaks And Mandolins, Your Aunt Mary, etc.) KRRC. Drum Kore. Worked with the roughest and toughest tumblers of them all—canyon crew!

Random thoughts: In addition to financial aid, I also won a $5,000 scholarship through the Douglas Williams Fencing Tournament. Swordplay builds character and teaches you discipline. Financial aid is a great way in which the Reed community manifests itself. One of the best parts about being at Reed is you see the community from the ground up. I was giving a tour this morning and one of the prospects asked me, “Is everyone at Reed on a first-name basis?” and I said, “Yeah.”

Thesis:Out of the Cauldron: Witchcraft in the Art of Hans Baldung Grien and David Teniers the Younger

Adviser: William Diebold

What it’s about: Exploring how the figure of the witch developed in early modern Europe.

What it’s really about: How seeing is believing.

What’s next: Teaching art.