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.

August 8

Summer Bon-Bons! An All Strings Classical Event

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

Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra presents a concert featuring Telemann's Concerto Polonois, Hamerik's Symphony No. 6 "Symphonie Spirituelle," plus additional works by Whitacre, Warlock, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky.


August 24

Lecture: Sara O’Keefe, Surround Audience

Monday, 6:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chape

Sara O’Keeffe, assistant curator at the New Museum, was part of the team that organized the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, featuring 51 artists from more than 25 countries, and pursuing numerous lines of inquiry.


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 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 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 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 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 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 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Laurence Cotton originated Olmsted film and served as principal researcher and consulting producer for Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.