Alumni & Parents
As you plan for travel in this new year, I want to offer a wide range of stimulating escapes for you, your family, and friends. For questions on any of these programs, feel free to contact me directly (or, where appropriate, the program leader).
Director, Alumni & Parent Relations
Russia & Its Riches
April 26 – May 11, 2014
The Reed College alumni office and Russian department have collaborated on many a trip, and we are pleased to embark on our eleventh-annual East European tour, scheduled for April 26 – May 11, 2014. This year we will include both Russia and Ukraine in our investigation, visiting the three great capitals of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg as we review East Slavic history and culture from the tenth century through the modern era. Besides devoting unhurried time ahead of the summer crush to the spectacular world-heritage architectural sites and extraordinary museums and performance halls of the three capitals, we will visit the ancient museum town of Pereslav near Kiev and the splendid summer palace and park in Gatchina south of St. Petersburg. Along with a carefully devised program of exceptional interest and richness, the tour will include presentations by the tour organizer and leader, Russian scholar and former Reed professor Judson Rosengrant, as well as by local English-speaking guides. The tour requires no knowledge of foreign languages and is open to anyone who would like to learn about Russia and Ukraine and their vital place in the world. For more information, including a detailed itinerary, please write to Dr. Rosengrant at email@example.com or call him at 503/880-9521.
Join Jay Dickson, professor of English & humanities, along with Robin Tovey '97, assistant director of alumni & parent relations, as they plunge headlong into the world of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. Using the cities of London and Brighton as our exploratory bases, we will travel for eight days in October through English historical and literary sites important to Virginia Woolf's writing career (and to her most extended meditation on England's history, her 1928 novel Orlando). From the squares of Bloomsbury and the museums of London, to the spires of Inigo Jones's Greenwich, to the great Kentish Elizabethan castles and gardens of Knole and Sissinghurst belonging Virginia Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West, and finally to the homes of Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell in Sussex, we will journey together through the places and scenes crucial to the career and writing of England's most important and influential 20th-century novelist.
Tentative price: from $2995 per person includes lodging (double occupancy), ground transportation, and entrance fees. Price does not include airfare or transit to and from airport. Details on our blog.
From the early ’60s through the early ’90s, Reedies spent a weekend in the fall enjoying surf, sand, the talent show, green eggs and ham, and the unique setting that is Camp Westwind on the Oregon coast. This event is sponsored by the Portland alumni chapter, but it is open to Reedies from all over. Join in the new, expanded tradition October 11-13, 2013! Learn more...
Only 90 minutes from the mainland lies Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. Among the oldest of the world's colonies, it is a place where the best of two cultures coexist. Join Mike Teskey, director of alumni & parent relations, as we visit and learn about the intricacies of Old San Juan and experience its array of historic and cultural sites before heading inland and into the hills where coffee has been harvested for centuries. In addition to learning about the lifeways that have developed around this crop, you will also enjoy hiking, viewing the wildlife (especially the birds), and tasting the local food and drink.
Tentative price: $1495 per person (includes lodging, breakfasts, select meals, entrances, and ground transportation). Details on our blog.
April 18-22, 2013
Photos and recap coming soon...
Join Paul Gronke, professor of political science, and Mike Teskey, director of alumni relations, in an examination of the Texas Hill Country that President Johnson called home. Using volume one of Robert Caro's biography as the main subject text (along with some other suggested readings), we will explore the LBJ Library, Johnson City, the Texas White House, and areas in between. Lest you think this extended weekend is all about LBJ, April is prime wildflower season, so we will also visit the Wildflower Center (one of Ladybird's legacies) along with experiencing some Austin (and Luckenbach) music along with eating Texas barbeque.