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 15

Hauser Library Exhibition: Emilio Pucci, Fashion Impressario

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

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


Ongoing through February 20

Exhibition: Translations

Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Edith Feldenheimer Gallery, Studio Art Building

Round table conversation: February 7, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Reception: February 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Emergent Art Space, a nonprofit, international art organization created to support and connect student artists from around the world, presents the live exhibition of Translations, featuring 48 emerging artists from 22 countries.


January 28

Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program: Haun Saussy, “Communications and Constitutions: Transparency, Irony, and the Avatars of the Enlightenment Subject"

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

In recent years, “Enlightenment universalism" and the “Enlightenment subject" have come under a great deal of criticism, whether from a Frankfurt School angle or a postcolonial one. But the problems of subjectivity and ethical responsibility as explored by Enlightenment people show them to have anticipated many aspects of that critique and attempted to deal with it through the characteristic 18th-century genres of letter-writing and constitution-making.


January 29

Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program: Haun Saussy, “When Translation Isn't Translation"

Thursday, 5 p.m., Psychology 105

The usual understanding of translation as a substitution of different words in different languages for the same meanings does not apply to situations where a new word has to be created in the target language to convey the meaning, or a word is simply exported from the source language to the target language—two situations that account for much of the traffic between languages. By taking such situations as normal, we can reconceive the relationship between languages and make room for an understanding of translation as citation.


January 29

Interview & Discussion: "Reckoning with Evil: God, Hope, and Philosophy"

Thursday, 8 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Sam Newlands, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will be interviewed by Troy Cross, associate professor of philosophy & humanities at Reed, followed by discussion groups. 


January 31

Concert: Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival

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

Explore the evolution of chamber music through masterpieces of three centuries in this festival of the music of Mozart, Bartók, and Schumann.


February 4

Public Policy Lecture Series: Alma Guillermoprieto, “How to Be Mexican”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Born in Mexico and raised between Mexico and the United States, Alma Guillermoprieto is a MacArthur Fellow and a winner of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting. In the ’90s, for The New Yorker and other magazines, she wrote a remarkable series of stories on Latin America, covering everything from the Colombian Civil War to the “Dirty War” in Argentina. 


February 5

Eliot Award Lecture: Arlene Blum ’66, "A Life of Mountains and Molecules"

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Arlene Blum ’66 is the recipient of this year's Thomas Lamb Eliot Award, recognizing distinguished and sustained achievement by a Reed College graduate. Using the skills and tenacity she learned during her years at Reed, Blum has led expeditions to the world’s most challenging mountains. Her scientific research and policy work have benefited human health and the global environment. In this illustrated lecture, Blum will share her favorite photos and stories of how she realized improbable dreams among the world’s highest mountains, in the chemistry laboratory, and in the public policy arena.


February 5–7

Thesis Dance Performance: "Out of Unison: An AfFormation"

Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PAB Massee Performance Lab

Dance-literature major Katrina Bastian serves as choreographer for this performance by Ian Connelly, Jeanie Lee, Hannah Mackenzie-Margulies, Grace Poetzinger, MacKenzie Schuller, and Austin Weisgrau, with set design by Rennie Meyers.


February 7

Lecture and Performance: The Harpsichord Music of D’Anglebert in Sound & Score

Saturday, 1:30 p.m., PAB 320

Sponsored by the Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA), this special event will feature musicologist C. David Harris and harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax Moersch.


February 10

Lecture and Workshop: Rosemary Candelario, "From ground zero to Ground Zero: Eiko & Koma Perform Transnational Reparation"

Tuesday, 6 p.m., PAB Massee Performance Lab

Rosemary Candelario, assistant professor of dance at Texas Woman’s University, conducts this introductory workshop in the contemporary Japanese dance form, butoh.


February 12

Lecture: Michelle Jurkovich, “The Global Politics of Hunger”

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Psychology 105

Michelle Jurkovich is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies. A member of the fifth generation of her family from Fresno, California, the county with the highest rates of agricultural production in the United States but also high rates of malnutrition, she is especially interested in the politics of hunger and the right to food movement.


February 12–14

Reed Theatre: Here, Now

Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PAB Blackbox Theatre

Reed Theatre presents Here, Now, a performance installation developed by thesis candidate, Marisa Kanai ’15.


February 15

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Mozart's Clarinet and Grand Sextet

Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Free preconcert talk: 2 p.m.

Monica Huggett, director and violin, and 
Eric Hoeprich, the world’s foremost period clarinetist, perform one of Mozart’s most popular works.


February 19

Visiting Writer Series: Claudia Rankine

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet and playwright Claudia Rankine.


February 20

Concert: Astillero with the Reed Orchestra, Soundtrack Buenos Aires

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

Open rehearsal: 4 p.m., PAB 320
Preconcert lecture: Prof. Morgan Luker
6 p.m., PAB 320

Tango For Musicians at Reed College presents Astillero, the cutting edge of Argentina’s contemporary tango vanguard. Since their founding in 2005, Astillero has revolutionized tango from within, creating highly original music that is urgent, aggressive, and bursting with rhythmic energy.


February 23

Friends of Chamber Music: Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI and Guests, “Istanbul–Constantinople”

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

Jordi Savall, one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation and a revered viola da gamba player, is one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music.


February 24

Lecture: Harry Swinney, “Emergence of Ordered Patterns in Physical, Chemical, and Biological Systems”

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

From spatial patterns like the stripes on a zebra to temporal patterns like the rhythmic beating of the heart, patterns are ubiquitous in nature. Understanding how these patterns emerge is one of science’s most enduring mysteries. In this lecture, Professor Swinney will discuss how ordered patterns emerge as systems are driven away from thermodynamic equilibrium. While no general theory of pattern formation currently exists, new analysis techniques, experiments, and computational methods can provide general insights into pattern formation in a diversity of physical, chemical, and biological systems.


February 25

Concert: Paul Roberts

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

International pianist, writer, and master class clinician Paul Roberts performs a concert of Mompou's poignant miniatures alongside celebrated piano works of his (and Mompou's) favored Debussy and Ravel.


February 26

Visiting Writer Series: Yona Harvey

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a reading by poet Yona Harvey.


February 27

Master Class: Paul Roberts

Friday, 4 p.m., PAB 320

Pianist, writer, lecturer, inspiring teacher, and a leading authority on the music of Debussy and Ravel, Paul Roberts has earned the admiration of audiences, critics and fellow professionals worldwide.


March 5

Visiting Writer Series: Jen Bervin

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Jen Bervin.


March 5–7

Reed Theatre: Stray

Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PAB Blackbox Theatre

Reed Theatre presents Stray, directed by thesis candidate, Meghan Comer ’15, and written by Heidi Schreck, playwright and two-time Obie Award-winning actor.


March 6

Performance: Scott/Powell, Solos and Work-in-Progress

Friday, 7 p.m., PAB Massee Performance Lab

Mary Sheldon Scott, a visual artist and choreographer, and Jarrad Powell, a composer and performer, present a series of short solos performed by their company, as well as work-in-progress, performed by members of the Reed Dance Performance Ensemble.


March 9

Lecture: Helen King, “Ancient Greek Gynaecology for Beginners: Wine, Women, and Pongs”

Monday, 4:30 p.m., Vollum lounge

How did ancient medicine answer the fundamental questions about the sexed body?  How far are women different from men, and how should medicine take this into account? In this lecture, Helen King, Professor of Classical Studies at the Open University of the United Kingdom, will introduce the strange world of ancient women's medicine and the remedies for women's diseases, including scent therapy.


March 21 & 22

Portland Gay Men's Chorus: Celebrate the Journey

Saturday, 8 p.m. & Sunday, 3 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Celebrate the Portland premiere of "I am Harvey Milk," by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, alongside a new commission by Portland composer Scot Crandall commemorating the chorus' 35th season.


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

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson are directed by Prof. Kate Bredeson with performances by thesis candidate Colin Trevor and additional direction by thesis candidate Gracie Rittenberg.


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.