Events at Reed

Stimulate your intellect! More than 200 public events are offered on the Reed College campus each year, including lectures, concerts, plays, and other programming. All events are free, unless noted otherwise, and our events email will keep you informed.

Ongoing through November

Hauser Library Exhibition: Books and Their Covers: Bookbindings in the Reed Collections

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat and wall cases

The art of bookbindings mirror in miniature the changes in style and design in the world around us.


Ongoing through April 28

Mathematics Department Lecture Series: Math Talks

Thursdays, 4:10 p.m., Physics 123

The Reed mathematics department invites you to attend their ever-popular weekly colloquia. Although talks in this series are directed toward mathematics majors, they are often accessible on a variety of other levels.


September 2–November 8

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: Confessions

Tuesday–Sunday, noon–5 p.m., Cooley Gallery, Hauser Memorial Library

Featuring the work of Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Confessions is a collective endeavor that seeks transparency about the distinctions between collecting, curating, and making, while exploring related concerns such as the care, circulation, and preservation of works of art.


September 5–7

Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew

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

Patrick Walsh, director of this Portland Actors Ensemble production, describes The Taming of the Shrew as a story of two outsiders (Kate and Petruchio), initially relating to one another as members of an industrialized society in which one’s worth is viewed in terms of ownership.


September 16

Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series: Rebecca Hersman, “Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go?”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Rebecca Hersman is director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and senior adviser for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Hersman joined CSIS in April 2015 from the Department of Defense (DoD), where she served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD).


September 17

Psychology Colloquium: Peter Balsam, "Psychology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry: Historical Perspectives and New Strategies"

Thursday, 4:15 p.m., Psychology 136

An understanding of psychiatric disorders requires a merging of methods from psychology and neurobiology. Psychology has created powerful methods for isolating and characterizing the functional properties of behavioral and cognitive regulation mechanisms. Neurobiology has developed methods that permit an unprecedented understanding of the biological substrates of behavior and cognition.


September 20

Concert: David Schiff: 70th Birthday Celebration!

Sunday, 7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Join fEARnoMUSIC for the 70th birthday celebration of the music of David Schiff, longtime Portland-based composer and professor of music at Reed since 1980, whose work spans a remarkable range of complex Modernism, authentic jazz, and heartfelt spirituality—at times, all within the same piece of music.


September 25

Video Installation/Performance/Discussion: Peter Rock, Spells

Friday, 4 p.m., Massee Performance Lab, PAB

Spells by Peter Rock, professor of creative writing at Reed, is a fragmentary novel done in collaboration with five photographers. This event includes music and sounds by Madelyn Villano ’14, presented in conversation with Stephanie Snyder ’91, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery.


September 25–27

Portland Juggling Festival

Friday, 6 p.m., to Sunday, 3:30 p.m., sports center

Presented by the Portland Juggling Club, the festival is one of the largest regional juggling events in the United States. Jugglers of all levels, from around the world and down the street, share their knowledge and show their skills for two and a half days of throwing. A Vaudeville Extravaganza is Saturday evening, with workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced jugglers, and vendors of every variety of juggling prop.


September 26

Reed College 5K FUNd Run-Walk for Neighborhood Schools

Saturday, 9–11:30 a.m.

Support local school children by participating in the fourth annual Reed College 5K FUNd Run/Walk for neighborhood schools.


September 28

Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series: Heather Roff, “Gendering a Warbot: Potential Policy Fallout from Gendering Autonomous Weapons”

Monday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Heather M. Roff is a Cybersecurity Fellow at the New America Foundation, an assistant teaching professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a research associate at the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the United States Air Force Academy.


September 29

Artist Talk: Jessica Jackson Hutchins

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

Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins speaks in conjunction with Confessions, an exhibition of her work currently showing at the Cooley Gallery.


October 3

Community Event: Canyon Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., meet in the canyon just behind the chemistry building.

Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive plants, and rebuilding sections of damaged trail. The event is free and open to anyone. Tools, training, food, and fun are provided. Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them.


October 8

Wallace T. MacCaffrey Distinguished Lecture in History: “Slave Resistance and the Making of American Abolition”

Thursday, 5 p.m., Psychology 105

Manisha Sinha is Professor of Afro-American Studies and History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of The Counter-revolution of Slavery and the forthcoming definitive history of abolitionism, The Slave's Cause.


October 8

Lecture and demonstration: d. Sabela Grimes, "Show'n'Prove"

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Massee Perfomance Lab, PAB 128

Grimes comin' through to dance within the following question: what does she/he/they/it mean to show and prove, given the social-political, cultural, real, and virtual, as well as the performance contexts that black vernacular dance practices take place? The combination of showing and proving provide a deliberate and specific call to action. In response to this call a practitioner, and/or cultural participant, creates an opening for meaning (cultural, personal, individual, collective, etc.), to be inscribed on/with the body and in/with the ether. An infinite field of possibilities is shaped into a moment of revelation encompassing what is seen and unseen, therefore, in an attempt to actualize and manifest the thought stated in the previous sentence, Grimes plans to share further contemplations.


October 9

Concert: Encore: The Music of Ola Gjeilo

Friday, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

After our successful 2014 collaboration, Chamber Arts Ensemble is pleased to present the sublime and dramatic music of Ola Gjeilo, with the composer himself once again at the piano.


October 10

Concert: Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, "Music from the Dark"

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

The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, under the direction of Jeffrey Specht, presents a performance of von Weber’s Der Freischutz Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, and Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust.


October 16

Concert: Friends of Chamber Music presents Shanghai Quartet and Wu Man, "A Night in Ancient and New China"

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

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet's elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. The world's premier pipa virtuoso, leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has carved out a career that gives this ancient instrument a contemporary role in the music world.


October 17

Concert: Friends of Chamber Music presents Anonymous 4, "Anthology"

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

Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Anonymous 4 in Portland in a special concert as part of the final tour in their long and illustrious career.


October 25

Concert: Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, “The Classical Concert”

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Portland Gay Men's Chorus’ biennial fall matinee features soloists and an ensemble led by Mary McCarty, associate conductor. Masterful singers and instrumentalists present works of beauty and elegance from across the classical canon. The chorus welcomes the Portland Boychoir under the direction of former chorus conductor David York as special guest performers in this concert.


October 28

Lecture: José Antonio Mazzotti, “Talking to the Iskonawa of the Amazon: A Trip without Postcolonial Studies”

Wednesday, 4:45 pm., at Psychology 105

Through interdisciplinary research and recent fieldwork, this talk, sponsored by the Reed Spanish department, will present an ongoing project that documents an endangered community: the Iskonawa of the Peruvian central Amazon forest. The Iskonawa oral tradition is full of knowledge about nature and survival strategies that speak volumes about the environment and the possibility of coexistence among humans and between humans and nature. However, like all indigenous societies in Latin America, the Isknonawa are threatened by deforestation, contamination, crime and drug trafficking.


November 2

Greenberg Lecture: Sarah-Jane Leslie, "Cultures of Genius and Academic Gender Gaps"

Monday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Much of Sarah-Jane Leslie’s work focuses on how we categorize and generalize information about the world around us. As part of this project, she examines how the language young children hear shapes their perception of social groups, and how this relates to stereotyping and prejudice. Most recently, she has been examining gender gaps in educational and career choices.


November 4

Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series: Martina Morris, “Zero Grazing: What Uganda Can Teach Us about HIV Prevention”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Martina Morris holds a joint appointment as professor in the departments of sociology and statistics at the University of Washington and is the founding director of the Sociobehavioral and Prevention Research Core in the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research. Her recent research has focused on the development of statistical methods for network epidemiology.


November 17

Lecture: Laurence Cotton, "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America"

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

A writer, historian, and filmmaker who studied cultural anthropology and film at Hampshire College, Laurence Cotton served as principal researcher and consulting producer for Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.


March 12

Concert: Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, “Spring Classics”

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

The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, under the direction of Jeffrey Specht, presents a special performance by the winner of the 2016 Emerging Artist Solo Competition, performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 "Spring.”


March 19 and March 20

Concert: Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, “The Blues: from Backwoods to Broadway”

Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Renowned Portland musician Dave Fleschner and acclaimed blues singer Earl Thomas along with featured Portland Gay Men’s Chorus soloists Billy Mixer and Jimmy Wilcox join the chorus for a blues cabaret this spring. Built on a foundation of core blues elements and drawing on rock, pop, and Broadway influences, Fleschner's all-new arrangements will showcase a new side of the chorus. This collaboration is another adventure in the chorus’ aspiration to expand, redefine, and perfect the choral art.


June 4

Concert: Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, “In the Shadow of Beethoven”

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

The Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestras, under the direction of Jeffrey Specht, presents Beethoven's Wellington's Victory, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, and new work by the winner of the 2016 John Kenneth Cole Composition Prize.