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 April 30

Mathematics Department Lecture Series: Math Talks

Thursdays, 4:10 pm, Physics 123

The Reed mathematics department invites you to attend their ever-popular weekly colloquia.


Ongoing through April 25

Hauser Library Exhibition: Emilio Pucci, Fashion Impressario

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

The world-renowned fashion designer, Emilio Pucci, MA ’37, had a special relationship with Reed College.


Ongoing through May 10

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: E.O. Hoppé: Studio, Society, and Street Photography, 1909–1945

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

Emil Otto Hoppé (1878–1972) was one of the most important art and documentary photographers of the modern era, and his artistic accomplishments rivaled those of his peers, Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), Edward Steichen (1879–1973), and Walker Evans (1903–1975). The exhibition includes vintage prints that reveal the breadth of his interests and travels and his intimate relationship with the Ballets Russes and the era's most accomplished writers and artists. It marks the rediscovery of Hoppé as a pivotal figure in modernist art.


March 30

Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series: Winona LaDuke, "Economics for the Seventh Generation: The Environment, Economics, and Thinking Beyond Empire"

Monday, 6 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The 2015 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series will host Winona LaDuke as its keynote speaker. LaDuke is a member of the Mississippi Band of the White Earth Reservation of the Anishinaabe Nation. She is an activist, economist, environmentalist, two-time vice presidential candidate, and author of numerous articles and books.


March 31

Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts: Janine Antoni, “At Home in the Body”

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Janine Antoni employs an amalgam of medium including performance, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She comes to Reed as a Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Arts.


April 8

Public Policy Lecture Series: Panel Discussion, “Questioning High-Value Suspects: Confronting Torture and Advancing Effective Interrogation”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Panelist Joshua Phillips, Mark Fallon, Steven Kleinman, and Christian Meissner are members of the Research Committee for the U.S. Government’s High Value Detainee Interrogation Group.


April 10 & 11 and 16–18

Reed Theatre: "Two by Ionesco"

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

Reed Theatre presents two plays by Romanian-born Eugène Ionesco. Writing in French about a “typical” English couple, Ionesco brashly depicts what happens when the world goes awry but retains its veneer of normalcy in The Bald Soprano (1950). The Lesson, written in 1951, is a dark academic comedy. Both plays invite questions about time, language, and how we cope in worlds that no longer make any sense at all.


April 11

Community Event: Spring Canyon Day 2015

Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., east end of Centennial Orchard

Join the Reed community in planting native trees and shrubs in the Reed canyon. Help us remove invasive plants, with the goal of improving the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek.


April 16

Visiting Writer Series: Randa Jarrar

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Randa Jarrar, an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator, who grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the Gulf War. Her book A Map of Home was published in half a dozen languages and received a Hopwood Award and an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review.


April 19

Concert: "A Royal Banquet"

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

The Reed music department presents a choral concert, featuring performances by members of the Reed Chorus, the Collegium Musicum and the Reed Orchestra.


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.


April 30

Lecture: Debra Fischer, “Searching for other Earths: The Next Frontier for Exoplanet Science”

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

One of the great successes of modern astronomy was the discovery of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the sunlike star, 51 Pegasi in 1995. Since then, hundreds of planets and planetary systems have been detected; however, most would not be habitable for carbon-based life as we know it. The next frontier for exoplanet science is the discovery of analogs of Earth, laden with oceans of water.


May 8 & 9

Spring Dance Concert

Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m., Greenwood Performance Stage

The Reed dance department invites you to enjoy an evening of performance by students and faculty, and by guest choreographers Alexander Dones, Laura Haney, and James Healey.


June 27

Concert: Piazzolla and After—Argentine Tango Today

7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The world-renowned artistic faculty of Tango for Musicians at Reed College comes straight from Buenos Aires and joins Chamber Music Northwest festival artists for a celebration of the urgently expressive music that is contemporary tango.