Events at Reed

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We look forward to welcoming you to campus for the array of lectures, concerts, plays, and other programming presented throughout the year. All events listed below are open to the public and are free, unless noted otherwise.

If you are planning to attend an event and need accommodations or assistance with access, please call conference and events planning at 503/777-7522.

Ongoing through December 31

Hauser Library Exhibition: Encyclopedias: The Art of Organizing Knowledge

8 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; library flat and wall cases west of the circulation desk

Encyclopedias and dictionaries trace their history back to the ancient Greeks at the least. Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia is accepted as the first true encyclopedia—in 37 volumes—and dictionaries date to the same period.


November 1

Film Screening: On the Side of the Road

Saturday, 5 p.m., Biology 19

Former West Bank settler and director Lia Tarachansky looks at the Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948, when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees, in the film On the Side of the Road.


November 5

Film Screening: Documentaries on Contemporary Life in Ukraine

Wednesday, 6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Reed's Sociology, Political Science, and Russian departments invite the public to a screening of documentary shorts by Babylon '13: Cinema of a Civil Protest.


November 7 & 8, 13–15

Reed Theatre: Marisol

Friday & Saturday, Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Marisol, by José Rivera, is directed by Prof. Catherine Ming T'ien Duffly, 
with costume design by thesis candidate Helena Pennington.


November 8

Public Policy Lecture Series: Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, “Mexico and the United States: Challenges and Opportunities”

Saturday, 2 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza was appointed ambassador of Mexico to the United States in January 2013, previously serving as ambassador to the Court of Saint James, United Kingdom. He is the only official in history to have held the three top civilian security positions in the Mexican cabinet: attorney general, secretary of public security, and director-general of Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency.


November 10

Lecture: Roy Chan, "Borders Left Unseen: Sino-Russian Geopolitics, and the Snare of the Visual in Zeng Pu’s Flowers in a Sea of Sin"

Monday, 4:30 p.m., Eliot 314

Roy Chan, assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oregon, explains why the relationship between Russia/the Soviet Union and China offers an instructive site for literary examination. What common geopolitical and historical forces motivated both countries’ search for a new literature? How did these literatures’ engagement with Russia and China’s mutual fascination reveal a larger concern about their common place in a new modern world order?


November 10

Panel: "What You Need to Know about Gaza"

Monday, 7 p.m., Vollum lounge

The Reed College Blue Heron Infoshop and Jewish Voice for Peace are cosponsoring a panel with Palestinian American lawyer Hala J. Gores and Stanford University historian Joel Beinin.


November 11

Lecture: Buster Simpson, “Erratic Moment"

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Buster Simpson has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations, and community projects. He received an MFA and the distinguished alumni award in architecture and design from the University of Michigan. A recipient of numerous other awards, Simpson’s honors include NEA fellowships and being named the Americans for the Arts 2009 artist of the year.


November 13

Lecture: Eric Jarosinski @NeinQuarterly

Thursday, 7 p.m., PAB 320

Join us for a discussion with Eric Jarosinski, writer, speaker, and #FailedIntellectual based in New York.


November 17

Community Reading Project: An Evening with Junot Díaz

Monday, 6 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Community Reading Project presents Junot Díaz, author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.


November 20

Lecture: Vikramāditya Prakāsh, "The Many Names of Chandigarh: Preservation as Critical Practice"

Thursday, 5 p.m., Psychology 105

Vikramāditya Prakāsh, professor of architecture, adjunct professor of landscape architecture, and adjunct professor of urban design and planning at the University of Washington, serves as director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab.


November 20

Visiting Writer Series: Mary Szybist

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Mary Szybist.


November 23

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Bohemium Trumpets and Stylus Fantasticus

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin, brings together rarely heard virtuoso music for trumpets and strings from Bohemia alongside evocative music in the “fantastic style” popular in Italian and Germanic lands in the 1600s, with Kris Kwapis and Bruno Lourensetto on baroque trumpets.


December 4

Public Policy Lecture Series: Javier Osorio, “Understanding Drug Violence in Mexico”

Thursday, 7 p.m., Psychology 105

Javier Osorio, assistant professor in the political science department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are focused on political violence—particularly large-scale criminal violence in Latin America—and on repression-dissent dynamics, human rights, political clientelism and vote buying, political corruption, and transparency.


December 8

Thomas Lamb Eliot Lecture on Religion: Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Biological Gods: The New Myth Makers of Science Fiction and Science”

Monday, 4:30 p.m., Psychology 105

Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, will focus his lecture on three texts: Philip K. Dick’s Valis (1981), Whitley Strieber’s Communion (1987), and Living with a Wild God (2014) by Reed alumna Barbara Ehrenreich ’63.


January 31

Concert: Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Explore the evolution of chamber music through masterpieces of three centuries in this festival of the music of Mozart, Bartók, and Schumann.


February 4

Public Policy Lecture Series: Alma Guillermoprieto, “How to Be Mexican”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Born in Mexico and raised between Mexico and the United States, Alma Guillermoprieto is a MacArthur Fellow and a winner of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting. In the ’90s, for The New Yorker and other magazines, she wrote a remarkable series of stories on Latin America, covering everything from the Colombian Civil War to the “Dirty War” in Argentina. 


February 15

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Mozart's Clarinet and Grand Sextet

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin, and 
Eric Hoeprich, the world’s foremost period clarinetist, perform one of Mozart’s most popular works.


February 19

Visiting Writer Series: Claudia Rankine

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet and playwright Claudia Rankine.


February 23

Friends of Chamber Music: Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI and Guests, “Istanbul–Constatinople”

Monday, 7:30 p.m,. Kaul Auditorium

Jordi Savall, one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation and a revered viola da gamba player, is one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.


February 25

Concert: Paul Roberts

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

International pianist, writer, and  master class clinician Paul Roberts performs a concert of Mompou's poignant miniatures alongside celebrated piano works of his (and Mompou's) favored Debussy and Ravel.


February 26

Visiting Writer Series: Yona Harvey

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Yona Harvey.


March 5

Visiting Writer Series: Jen Bervin

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Jen Bervin.


March 21 & 22

Portland Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrate the Journey

Saturday, 8 p.m. & Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Celebrate the Portland premiere of "I am Harvey Milk," by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, alongside a new commission by Portland composer Scot Crandall commemorating the chorus' 35th season.


April 2

Visiting Writer Series: Leanne Shapton

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building 320

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Leanne Shapton.


April 10 & 11, 16–18

Reed Theatre: Two by Ionesco

Thursday & Friday, Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Diver Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Building

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson are directed by Prof. Kate Bredeson with performances by thesis candidate Colin Trevor and additional direction by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg.


April 24

Friends of Chamber Music: Chanticleer, “The Gypsy in My Soul”

Friday, 7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Chanticleer is known for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.


April 26

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin soloist, celebrates her 20th season at Portland Baroque Orchestra with a Pacific Northwest tour of Four Seasons.