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 25

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.


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

Reed Theatre presents two plays by Romanian-born Eugène Ionesco. Writing in French about a “typical” English couple, Ionesco brashly depicts what happens when the world goes awry but retains its veneer of normalcy in The Bald Soprano (1950). The Lesson, written in 1951, is a dark academic comedy. Both plays invite questions about time, language, and how we cope in worlds that no longer make any sense at all.


April 19

Concert: "A Royal Banquet"

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

The Reed music department presents a choral concert, featuring performances by members of the Reed Chorus, the Collegium Musicum and the Reed Orchestra.


April 20

Film Screening and Discussion: Arresting Power

Monday, 7 p.m., PAB 320

The Multicultural Resource Center and Reed theatre department are hosting a screening of the new documentary, Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon. Following the film, Reed faculty will moderate a discussion with filmmakers Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke.


April 21

Lecture: Judson Rosengrant, "History, Identity, Being: Reflections on the Transcultural Autobiography of Dr. Moisey Wolf"

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

Judson Rosengrant is a prize-winning editor and translator of a wide variety of Russian literature and historiography, including works by Leo Tolstoy, Yury Olesha, Lydia Ginzburg, Fazil Iskander, Eduard Limonov, and Edvard Radzinsky.


April 23

Lecture: Wendy Belcher, "Same-Sex Intimacies in an Early Modern African Text about an Ethiopian Female Saint, Gädlä Wälättä P̣eṭros"

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

The 17th-century Ethiopian book The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Wälättä P̣eṭros (Gädlä Wälättä P̣eṭros) features a lifelong partnership between two women and the depiction of same-sex sexuality among nuns. The earliest known book-length biography about the life of an African woman, written in 1672 in the Gəˁəz language, Gädlä Wälättä Ṗeṭros is an extraordinary account of early modern African women’s lives—full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph. It features revered Ethiopian religious leader Wälättä P̣eṭros (1592–1642), who led a nonviolent movement against European proto-colonialism in Ethiopia in a successful fight to retain African Christian beliefs, for which she was elevated to sainthood in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church.


April 23

Concert: Reed Orchestra

Thursday, 8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The Reed Orchestra, conducted by Prof. David Schiff, presents a concert for spring.


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.


April 27

Lecture: Stamos Metzidakis, "Travels with Etienne: Recollecting French America"

Monday, 4:45 p.m., ETC 208

Stamos Metzidakis, professor of French and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis, has research interests in French and Francophone poetry, prose poetry, literary theory, and North American French history and culture. He is the author of Repetition and Semiotics: Interpreting Prose Poems and Difference Unbound: The Rise of Pluralism in Literature and Criticism, and editor and coauthor of a volume of essays, Understanding French Poetry: Essays for a New Millenium.


April 30

Lecture: Debra Fischer, “Searching for other Earths: The Next Frontier for Exoplanet Science”

Thursday, 7 p.m., Vollum lecture hall

One of the great successes of modern astronomy was the discovery of a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the sunlike star, 51 Pegasi in 1995. Since then, hundreds of planets and planetary systems have been detected; however, most would not be habitable for carbon-based life as we know it. The next frontier for exoplanet science is the discovery of analogs of Earth, laden with oceans of water.


May 8 & 9

Spring Dance Concert

Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m., Greenwood Performance Stage

The Reed dance department invites you to enjoy an evening of performance by students and faculty, and by guest choreographers Alexander Dones, Laura Haney, and James Healey.


May 30 & 31

Conference: “Equivariant and Motivic Homotopy Theory”

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., PAB

This conference will focus on the interplay and parallelisms between equivariant and motivic homotopy theory, providing a forum in which researchers can share insights and techniques from both disciplines.


June 27

Concert: Piazzolla and After—Argentine Tango Today

7 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

The world-renowned artistic faculty of Tango for Musicians at Reed College comes straight from Buenos Aires and joins Chamber Music Northwest festival artists for a celebration of the urgently expressive music that is contemporary tango.