Events at Reed

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Welcome to the Reed College events site! All events listed below are open to the public and are free, unless noted otherwise.

Ongoing through April 27

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: Qalam, Calligraphy and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Present

Noon–5 p.m., Tuesdays–Sundays, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Hauser Memorial Library

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is proud to present Qalam, Calligraphy and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Present, an exhibition of historical Arabic calligraphy and related material that offers an immersive glance into one of the world’s most poetic and spiritual art forms. The earliest qur’anic verses (96:1-5) that refer to God as the Creator who teaches “by the pen”—al-qalam—as well as ancient Middle Eastern proverbs such as, “Purity of writing is purity of the soul,” speak to the esteemed place of calligraphy in Islamicate cultures. The development of Arabic calligraphy, from its earliest linear forms in the eighth century, to its subsequent standardization as a set of cursive scripts by a lineage of master typographers and calligraphers, evidences the complex and shifting status of text and image throughout this history. The works in Qalam elucidate this from a variety of perspectives.


Ongoing through June

Hauser Library Exhibition: Small Presses: Celebrating the Joy of Reading and the Beauty of the Book

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

The Hauser Library holds more than 4,000 titles in its rare books and artist's books collections. Many are limited editions produced by small, independent presses.


April 24

2014 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series: #ChangeTheName:
REDSK*NS: Native American Mascots and the Perpetuation of Stereotypes

4:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

This year's event includes a performance of traditional Native American dancing by members of the Native American Youth & Family Center and a panel discussion with Gregg Deal, Se-ah-dom Edmo, Adrienne Keene, Cornel Pewewardy, and Charlene Teters.


April 24

Concert: BARE Chamber Singers

4:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building music rehearsal room

A unique, Reed senior vocal ensemble group presents selections by Victoria, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Brahms, Rossini, and others.


April 24 & 25

Reed Theatre: "They Who See the Unknown: Adaptations of Gilgamesh"

7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building, Diver Studio Theatre

Join us for a shadow theatre production, created and performed by students of the Reed theatre department class Puppetry and Performing Objects.


April 27

Concert: Reed Music Department, “Life after Death”

7:30 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Reed music department presents a concert of choral music, conducted by Virginia Hancock.


April 28

Lecture: Elina Gertsman, "Affective Obstetrics"

4:45 p.m., Psychology 105

Elina Gertsman explores the so-called Shrine Madonnas (or vièrges ouvrantes), late medieval statues of the Virgin Mary that opened to reveal richly carved and painted interiors, and suggests that the appearance of these objects—predicated as they are on the dynamic of concealment, revelation, and fragmentation—points to the changing roles of vision and sensation in the complex performative ways that audiences were expected to engage with devotional art, both in public and in private.


May 1

Lecture: Andrew M. Gardner, "Segregation, Urban Form, and the Transnational Proletariat in Doha, Qatar"

4:30 p.m., Psychology 105

Over the last few decades, the states of the Arabian Peninsula have emerged as key destinations in the transnational migration of labor. For 15 years, anthropologist and ethnographer Andrew Gardner has been exploring the lives and experiences of these labor migrants, various diasporic populations in the region, the Arabian societies that host these migrants, and the sending communities from which these migrants depart.


May 9 & 10

Spring Dance Concert

7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Members of the intermediate- and advanced-technique dance classes and the Reed College Dance Troupe present a program of choreography and dance for the spring semester.


May 11

Portland Baroque Orchestra Concert: Concerti Bizzarri

3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The concert features soloists of PBO, performing on flute, recorder, oboe, viola d’amore, viola da gamba, trumpet and lute, directed by Monica Huggett, violin. 


May 15

Hauser Library Exhibition: Birds in Books

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

The variety and beauty of birds represented in books is amazing. From the well-thumbed bird guide to Thomas Bewick’s The History of British Birds, the feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates are illustrated in every conceivable way.


June 23–July 27

Concert Series: Chamber Music Northwest

Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Chamber Music Northwest's 44th Annual Summer Festival offers five exciting weeks of more than 30 concerts featuring 78 world-renowned musicians, composers, and dancers. Tickets: 503/294-6400, email, or online.


August 30–September 1

Shakespeare in the Parks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

Portland Actors Ensemble presents the perfect play for viewing on the lawn, A Midsummer's Night Dream, directed by Douglas Lay for the ensemble's 45th annual performance.