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 30

Mathematics Department Lecture Series: Math Talks

Thursdays, 4:10 pm, Physics 123

The Reed mathematics department invites you to attend their ever-popular weekly colloquia.


Ongoing through April 15

Hauser Library Exhibition: Emilio Pucci, Fashion Impressario

Viewing hours, Hauser Library flat cases

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


Ongoing through May 10

Cooley Gallery Exhibition: E.O. Hoppé: Studio, Society, and Street Photography, 1909–1945

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

Emil Otto Hoppé (1878–1972) was one of the most important art and documentary photographers of the modern era, and his artistic accomplishments rivaled those of his peers, Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946), Edward Steichen (1879–1973), and Walker Evans (1903–1975). The exhibition includes vintage prints that reveal the breadth of his interests and travels and his intimate relationship with the Ballets Russes and the era's most accomplished writers and artists. It marks the rediscovery of Hoppé as a pivotal figure in modernist art.


March 3–8

Reed Arts Week 2015

Tuesday–Sunday, see RAW website for times and locations

Reed Arts Week (RAW) 2015 presents the student-curated exhibition Might Now, featuring work by Reed students and seven visiting artists, along with performances and lectures. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.


March 5

Lecture: Mikhail Dolbilov, "Imperial Paradoxes of Nineteenth-Century Russian Nationalism"

Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Eliot 314

Mihail Dolbilov, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, will examine complex relations between ethnic nationalism and the imperial project in 19th-century Russia.


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 9

Lecture: Sinem Casale, “Kiss both his eyes for me/Take good care of my prince:”The Reception of a Safavid Child Hostage Prince at the Ottoman Court

Monday, 4:45 p.m., Psychology 105

Sinem Casale, assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, focuses her research on the history and visual culture of early modern Islamic courts (Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals), with a special focus on issues of exchange, materiality, gift-giving practices, courtly rituals, and picture theory.


March 16

Public Policy Lecture Series: Andrew Jefferson, “Entangled Encounters With Prisons”

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Prisons are complex relational spaces filled with anguish, uncertainty, and collateral damage. Around the world human rights organizations engage with prisons to ameliorate suffering, promote global standards, and curb violent excesses. Typically these interventions are based on an assumption of independence. This presentation takes issue with that claim, and calls for the human rights community to be more honest with itself.


March 17

Public Policy Lecture Series: Saul Kassin, "Why Innocent People Confess"

Tuesday, 4:15 p.m., Psychology 105

Saul Kassin is one of the nation’s leading experts on criminal interrogation, confession evidence, and the risk of false confessions.


March 17

Public Policy Lecture Series: Saul Kassin, "Why Confessions Trump Innocence: Mechanisms of Influence"

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Psychology 105

Saul Kassin is one of the nation’s leading experts on criminal interrogation, confession evidence, and the risk of false confessions.


March 19

Lecture: Adam Sobel, "Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: Predictions and Responses"

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

The risks to New York City's built environment of a Sandy-like event had been known for decades. But little was done to make that built environment more resilient, and it suffered great damage as a result. Adam Sobel, joint professor of earth & environmental science and applied physics & mathematics at Columbia University, will talk about Sandy’s effect on New York City’s infrastructure and what it means about our ability to deal with climate change.


March 20

Rumpakis/Dussin Lecture: Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, "Grasping Beauty: Pleasure, Cognition, and the Ancient Viewer"

Friday, 5 p.m., PAB 320

The Reed classics department is proud to host the inaugural Rumpakis/Dussin lecture presented by Professor Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi of Stanford University.


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.


March 30

Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series: Winona LaDuke

Monday, 6 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The 2015 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series will host Winona LaDuke as its keynote speaker. LaDuke will discuss environmental justice from a Native perspective and the recent developments concerning the Keystone XL pipeline.


March 31

Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts: Janine Antoni, “At Home in the Body”

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Janine Antoni employs an amalgam of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She comes to Reed as a Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Arts.


April 8

Public Policy Lecture Series: Panel Discussion, “Questioning High-Value Suspects: Confronting Torture and Advancing Effective Interrogation”

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

Panelist Joshua Phillips, Mark Fallon, Steven Kleinman, and Christian Meissner are members of the Research Committee for the U.S. Government’s High Value Detainee Interrogation Group.


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 16

Visiting Writer Series: Randa Jarrar

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

The Reed English department welcomes you to a presentation by Randa Jarrar, an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator, who grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the Gulf War. Her book A Map of Home was published in half a dozen languages and received a Hopwood Award and an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review.


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.