Events at Reed

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Welcome to the Reed College events site! All events listed below are open to the public and are free, unless noted otherwise.

Ongoing through April 27

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: Qalam, Calligraphy and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Present

Noon–5 p.m., Tuesdays–Sundays, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Hauser Memorial Library

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is proud to present Qalam, Calligraphy and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Present, an exhibition of historical Arabic calligraphy and related material that offers an immersive glance into one of the world’s most poetic and spiritual art forms. The earliest qur’anic verses (96:1-5) that refer to God as the Creator who teaches “by the pen”—al-qalam—as well as ancient Middle Eastern proverbs such as, “Purity of writing is purity of the soul,” speak to the esteemed place of calligraphy in Islamicate cultures. The development of Arabic calligraphy, from its earliest linear forms in the eighth century, to its subsequent standardization as a set of cursive scripts by a lineage of master typographers and calligraphers, evidences the complex and shifting status of text and image throughout this history. The works in Qalam elucidate this from a variety of perspectives.

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Ongoing through June

Hauser Library Exhibition: Small Presses: Celebrating the Joy of Reading and the Beauty of the Book

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

The Hauser Library holds more than 4,000 titles in its rare books and artist's books collections. Many are limited editions produced by small, independent presses.

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April 16

Panel Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine

1:30 p.m., Vollum lounge

A panel discussion on the crisis in Ukraine, moderated by Reed political science professor Alex Montgomery, will be followed by a Q&A.

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April 16

Public Policy Lecture Series: John J. Mearsheimer, “Can China Rise Peacefully?”

7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, examines the rise of China, its impact on world politics in the 21st century, and how a powerful China could lead to a potential clash with the U.S. and with China’s neighbors—Japan, India, and Vietnam. 

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April 17

Lecture: Torkwase Dyson, “Nothing Disappears: Site/Environment/Installation and the Re-alignments Happening in My Imagination”

7 p.m., Performing Arts Building choral rehearsal room

Torkwase Dyson merges ideas of site, clean energy, architecture, and natural resources under the rubric of environmentalism to explore identity formations. Her work emphasizes contemporary climate change as an issue transforming the body’s relationship to language, materiality, imagination, geography and belonging. Dyson received her MFA from Yale University in painting and printmaking. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

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April 17

Concert: Reed Orchestra, "Ludwig Lives!"

8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Reed Orchestra presents an all-Beethoven program for its spring concert.

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April 18

Concert: Friday at Four: Reed Jazz Ensembles

4 p.m., Performing Arts Building music rehearsal hall 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Reed student jazz ensembles in performance!

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April 22

Play Reading & Discussion with Guillermo Calderón

5 p.m., PAB performance lab, room 128

Reed College and Boom Arts Boom Arts will bring Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón to Portland for a two-day residency at the college, "Memory, Politics, & Human Rights in Chile: Playwright Guillermo Calderón."

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April 23

Film Screening & Discussion with Guillermo Calderón

7 p.m., PAB music rehearsal room, 320

Reed College and Boom Arts Boom Arts will bring Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón to Portland for a two-day residency at the college, "Memory, Politics, & Human Rights in Chile: Playwright Guillermo Calderón."

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April 23

Lecture: Trip Van Noppen, “Citizen Environmental Enforcement and the Future of the Pacific Northwest”

7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Donnell (Trip) Van Noppen is president of Earthjustice, the nation’s premier public interest environmental law firm. He holds degrees from Yale and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1998, he joined the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and became director of that organization’s Carolinas office. Both in private practice and at SELC, Trip has handled a variety of cases involving the environment and access to the courts.

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April 24

2014 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series: #ChangeTheName:
REDSK*NS: Native American Mascots and the Perpetuation of Stereotypes

4:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

This year's event includes a performance of traditional Native American dancing by members of the Native American Youth & Family Center and a panel discussion with Gregg Deal, Se-ah-dom Edmo, Adrienne Keene, Cornel Pewewardy, and Charlene Teters.

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April 24

Concert: BARE Chamber Singers

4:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building music rehearsal room

A unique, Reed senior vocal ensemble group presents selections by Victoria, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Brahms, Rossini, and others.

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April 24 & 25

Reed Theatre: "They Who See the Unknown: Adaptations of Gilgamesh"

7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building, Diver Studio Theatre

Join us for a shadow theatre production, created and performed by students of the Reed theatre department class Puppetry and Performing Objects.

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April 27

Concert: Reed Music Department, “Life after Death”

7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Reed music department presents a concert of choral music, conducted by Virginia Hancock.

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April 28

Lecture: Elina Gertsman, "Affective Obstetrics"

4:45 p.m., Psychology 105

Elina Gertsman explores the so-called Shrine Madonnas (or vièrges ouvrantes), late medieval statues of the Virgin Mary that opened to reveal richly carved and painted interiors, and suggests that the appearance of these objects—predicated as they are on the dynamic of concealment, revelation, and fragmentation—points to the changing roles of vision and sensation in the complex performative ways that audiences were expected to engage with devotional art, both in public and in private.

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May 9 & 10

Spring Dance Concert

7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Members of the intermediate- and advanced-technique dance classes and the Reed College Dance Troupe present a program of choreography and dance for the spring semester.

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May 11

Portland Baroque Orchestra Concert: Concerti Bizzarri

3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The concert features soloists of PBO, performing on flute, recorder, oboe, viola d’amore, viola da gamba, trumpet and lute, directed by Monica Huggett, violin. 

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May 15

Hauser Library Exhibition: Birds in Books

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

The variety and beauty of birds represented in books is amazing. From the well-thumbed bird guide to Thomas Bewick’s The History of British Birds, the feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates are illustrated in every conceivable way.

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June 23–July 27

Concert Series: Chamber Music Northwest

Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Chamber Music Northwest's 44th Annual Summer Festival offers five exciting weeks of more than 30 concerts featuring 78 world-renowned musicians, composers, and dancers. Tickets: 503/294-6400, email, or online.

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August 30–September 1

Shakespeare in the Parks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

3 p.m., Great Lawn in front of Eliot Hall

Portland Actors Ensemble presents the perfect play for viewing on the lawn, A Midsummer's Night Dream, directed by Douglas Lay for the ensemble's 45th annual performance.

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