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President Colin Diver
Robert Smith ’89
Listen to the commencement address.
Watch streaming video of the commencement address.
Watch streaming video of the full commencement ceremony.
Black History Month: Glenn C. Loury
Glenn C. Loury
Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of economics at Brown University, is a distinguished economist who has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory, including welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.
Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lectures fund.
Community Reading Project: Claude Steele
Claude Steele is a preeminent social psychologist and dean of the Stanford School of Education. The lecture draws from his book, Whistling Vivaldi, which provides an essential roadmap for understanding the link between identity and performance and how those involved in education can make significant strides in mitigating the effects of negative stereotypes in the community. This is the first event in Reed’s Community Reading Project. Cosponsored by the institutional diversity office, the multicultural resource center, and the Student Senate.
Christopher Newfield ’80 Lecture
Christopher Newfield ’80
Why is the American university system in crisis? A central reason is the financial pressure put on colleges and universities by the "innovation economy," pressure which has led to rising student debt, less personalized instruction, and growing research funding deficits. The lecture shows that the leading response at public universities to this pressure—large tuition increases and other attempts to replace public with private funds—has made the budget problem worse. Newfield teaches American Studies in the English department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research focuses on higher education history, funding, and policy, culture and innovation, and the relation between culture and economics. He is the author of Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008), chairs the Innovation Group at the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society, runs a blog on the current crisis in higher education, Rethinking the University. Sponsored by the Division of Literature and Languages.
Public Policy Lecture Series
Richard J. Danzig ’65
Former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig questions the premises underlying our current national security policies—characterized by national insecurity—and offers a set of principles and policies for the future.
Danzig, who served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy, is the chairman of the board for the Center for a New American Security. He is also a member of the RAND Corporation’s board of trustees and of the Defense Policy Board, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Defense. Danzig earned a BA in political science from Reed and BPhil and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He then earned a JD from Yale Law School and was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron White. Danzig has taught at Harvard and Stanford, and spent two years as a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Danzig served as a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama.
In 2011, Danzig was selected as the first recipient of the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Reed College Graduate. T. L. Eliot, Reed’s founding board president, was a Unitarian minister who encouraged the original funding for the college from Portland transportation magnate Simeon Reed and his wife Amanda. Eliot also worked for temperance and women's suffrage, founded the Oregon Humane Society, and helped to develop the public library. Danzig's extraordinary contributions to his field and his deep commitment to public service exemplify the spirit of intellectual rigor, independence, and integrity for which Thomas Lamb Eliot was known.
State Department historian Evan Dawley takes us back in time to explore the career of George Bernard Noble. Noble, who taught at Reed for 26 years, then served as a historian in the State Department for 16 years during the early years of the Cold War, exemplifies the connections and tensions between academia and U.S. foreign policy.
In his role at the Department of State, Dawley studies the history of U.S. relations with East Asia and the relevance of past relations for present diplomacy. He spent a year as a visiting professor of history and humanities at Reed College and has taught classes at Georgetown University and George Washington University. He completed a PhD in modern Chinese history at Harvard and a BA in history at Oberlin.
Supported by the Elizabeth E. Ducey Lecture Fund and by Reed’s history department.
Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and of the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, two collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, and two chapbooks. Her other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes and a Lannan Foundation residency fellowship. Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College until 2007, Collins served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in 2010, and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. Another collection of her poems, Day Unto Day, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2014.
Ander Monson is the author of a host of paraphernalia including a decoder wheel, several chapbooks and limited edition letterpress collaborations, a website (http://otherelectricities.com), and five books, most recently The Available World (poetry, Sarabande, 2010) and Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (nonfiction, Graywolf, 2010). He lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona, where he edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press.
Nikky Finney was born by the sea in South Carolina. She is the author of four collections of poetry, On Wings Made of Gauze,Rice, recipient of a PEN America Open Book Award, and The World is Round, recipient of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry, and her most recent work, Head Off & Split published by Northwestern University Press in 2011, recipient of the 2011 National Book Award in Poetry. In 1998 she authored a collection of short stories, Heartwood, written especially for literacy students. Finney has also written the script for the PBS documentary “For Posterity’s Sake: Lexington, Kentucky photographers Morgan and Marvin Smith,” the liner notes for folksinger Toshi Reagon’s compact disc “Kindness,” and the introduction to photographer Bill Gaskins’ collection, Good and Bad Hair. She has been awarded the Kentucky Foundation for Women “Artists Fellowship Award” and The Governor’s Award in the Arts.” She has taught at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and is a former faculty member at Cave Canem, a writing home for African-American poets. In 2006 she edited The Ringing Ear, an anthology of African American poets writing and reflecting on that historical American geography known as “the South.” She is presently professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky.
Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This, a memoir published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009, and a finalist for the National Books Critics Award and the National Books for a Better Life Award. Her book was also short-listed for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award and Oregon Book Award. Debra is the co-editor, with her husband Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape. She is on the nonfiction faculty for the Pacific University low-residency MFA in writing and publishes in many journals and magazines. She is currently working on a book about growing up in the West, a chapter of which appeared in the summer 2011 issue of The American Scholar.
Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm and grew up in southern Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry, Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She has translated several Swedish poets and is editing the anthology, Swedish Writers on Writing. She is an Associate Professor at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Core Faculty in The Low-Residency MFA Program at New England College and a Research Associate at the School For Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and in 2010 she received a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.
Madeline DeFrees has published two chapbooks and eight full-length poetry collections, including Spectral Waves (Copper Canyon, 2006) and Blue Dusk (Copper Canyon, 2001), which was awarded the 2002 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. DeFrees spent 38 years as a nun with the Catholic Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She entered the community after high school and later requested release because, in her words, “religious life and poetry both demand an absolute commitment.” As Sister Mary Gilbert, Ms. DeFrees earned a BA in English from Marylhurst College (1948) and an MA in Journalism from the University of Oregon (1951). She studied poetry briefly with Karl Shapiro, Robert Fitzgerald, and John Berryman. She taught at Holy Names College, the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since she retired in 1985, she’s held residencies at Bucknell University, Eastern Washington University, and Wichita State University. Madeline DeFrees has received fellowships in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Amina Gautier is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for her short story collection At-Risk (University of Georgia Press). Over sixty-five of Gautier's stories have been published, appearing in Best African American Fiction, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Southern Review among other places. Her work has been honored with scholarships and fellowships from Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Ucross Residency, and Sewanee Writer’s Conference and has been awarded the William Richey Prize, the Jack Dyer Award, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, the Danahy Fiction Prize, and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gautier teaches at DePaul University.
On September 23, 2011, President Colin Diver invites the Reed community to a celebration of the college's first 100 years. The evening begins with a reception in the Quad, followed by a formal program on the Great Lawn, at which Richard Danzig '65 will receive the first Thomas Lamb Eliot Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Reed College Graduate. Expect performances by Northwest Dance Project, Chamber Music Northwest, and Reed's Centennial Chorus, as well as speeches by Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Reed College Chairman of the Board Roger Perlumtter '73, Reed College Trustee Suzan DelBene '83 and remarks by Reed faculty, alumni, and students. The program is to be followed by live music in the Quad, featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
President Colin Diver
Dean of Admission Keith Todd
Professor of Religion & Humanities
Dr. Lynn Riddiford
Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology
The Howard Vollum Award presented by Suzy Renn, Associate Professor of Biology
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