Events at Reed

Stimulate your intellect at over 200 public events offered on the Reed College campus each year. Events include an array of lectures, concerts, plays, and other programing. All events are free, unless noted otherwise. We provide a monthly mailing list to help you stay informed about upcoming programming. Join us!

Ongoing through December 31

Hauser Library Exhibition: Encyclopedias: The Art of Organizing Knowledge

8 a.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; library flat and wall cases west of the circulation desk

Encyclopedias and dictionaries trace their history back to the ancient Greeks at the least. Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia is accepted as the first true encyclopedia—in 37 volumes—and dictionaries date to the same period.


Ongoing through December 14

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: Supports/Surfaces

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

Reception with CANADA cofounder and exhibition cocurator Wallace Whitney: Monday, November 10, 5–8 p.m., Cooley Gallery

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of works by French artists from the Supports/Surfaces movement, Supports/Surfaces: French painting from the Supports/Surfaces movement,1964–1981.


December 4

Public Policy Lecture Series: Javier Osorio, “Understanding Drug Violence in Mexico”

Thursday, 7 p.m., Psychology 105

Javier Osorio, assistant professor in the political science department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are focused on political violence—particularly large-scale criminal violence in Latin America—and on repression-dissent dynamics, human rights, political clientelism and vote buying, political corruption, and transparency.


December 4–6

Reed Theatre: The Year of Silence

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

“The truth was that we enjoyed the silence, and more than that, we hungered for it.”  —Kevin Brockmeier, The Year of Silence.

Reed Theatre presents a devised theatre piece based on a short story of the same name developed by thesis candidate Leah Artenian ’15.


December 7

Choral Concert: Reed Music Department, "Fun with Folk Songs"

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

The featured work will be Johannes Brahms's Zigeunerlieder (gypsy songs), sung by the Reed Chorus and conducted by Virginia Hancock, with Rob Fishel, piano.


December 8

Thomas Lamb Eliot Lecture on Religion: Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Biological Gods: The New Myth Makers of Science Fiction and Science”

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

Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, will focus his lecture on three texts: Philip K. Dick’s Valis (1981), Whitley Strieber’s Communion (1987), and Living with a Wild God (2014) by Reed alumna Barbara Ehrenreich ’63.


December 13 & 14

Winter Dance Concert

Saturday & Sunday, 7 p.m., PAB Massee Performance Lab

The Reed dance department presents a concert of choreography by Reed students and faculty, and special guests. This semester, the department hosted renowned performance artist and choreographer Ralph Lemon. Students from the intermediate and advanced contemporary dance classes presented independently choreographed solos and duets to Lemon for his feedback, and having further refined their work, will perform their work in this concert.


December 17

Concert: John Vergin, "December's Tale"

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel

"December's Tale," an annual solo performance by John Vergin, enters the world of a young musician and chronicles a 24-hour span of his life, beginning at midnight on Christmas Eve.


January 24

Contact Improvisation Workshop with Ann Cooper Albright

Saturday, 2 p.m., PAB Steiner Dance Studio

Ann Cooper Albright presents an introductory class in contact improvisation—a partner dance form in which the give and take of weight and support constitutes a physical conversation, an artistic practice, and an exploration of how one lives in the body.


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 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 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 23

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

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 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.


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 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 2

Visiting Writer Series: Leanne Shapton

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Leanne Shapton.


April 10 & 11, 16–18

Reed Theatre: Two by Ionesco

Thursday & Friday, 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.