Panel on LGBT issues in law at Reunions, moderated by Oregon AG Rosenblum


After the Reed gathering at Portland’s Pride Parade on Reunions Sunday, return to campus from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a very special panel presentation on LGBTQ issues in law with guest moderator Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Panelists include Misha Isaak ’04, Mark Johnson Roberts ’82, and William Hohengarten ’84. Free and open to the public in Vollum lecture hall.

These distinguished legal advocates have been instrumental for personal rights in Oregon and across the U.S., including the 2014 overturn of Oregon’s same sex marriage ban, advising LGBTQ clients on the shifting legal landscape, and the landmark 2003 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas (finding anti-sodomy criminal laws unconstitutional). This will be a fascinating conversation on where the law is today and how we got here.  And, “where we are today” may include a new landmark legal decision, as the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in June on the pending consolidated cases challenging states’ same sex marriage bans.

Panelist Bios

A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th Attorney General in November, 2012. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General. Ellen’s priorities as Attorney General include advocating for and protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable, including especially its families and children, its seniors, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made internet and other crimes against children her highest priority. Ellen has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General and the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and currently co-chairs the ABA’s Section of State & Local Government Law’s committee devoted exclusively to state attorney general issues.

Misha Isaak ’04 is Deputy General Counsel to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Misha clerked for judges of the federal district court in New Jersey and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then worked as a litigation attorney at the law firm Perkins Coie. While there, he was one of the lead attorneys in a challenge to Oregon’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. He argued the successful motion for summary judgment in that case, and litigated a motion to stay all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — making Oregon the first state for which the Supreme Court permitted a federal court’s marriage-ban invalidation to take effect. Before becoming a lawyer, Misha worked for Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Attorney General Hardy Myers. He lives in Northeast Portland with his husband David and dog Clancy.

Mark Johnson Roberts ’82 holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College, a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, and an L.L.M. in International Law from the Willamette University College of Law. He practices family law at the Portland law firm of Gevurtz Menashe. Mark is Oregon’s elected State Delegate to the American Bar Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. He is past president of the Oregon State Bar, past president of the National LGBT Bar Association, and past chair of Oregon’s State Professional Responsibility Board. Mr. Johnson Roberts is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is currently chairing a Bar committee that is reviewing the structure and functioning of Oregon’s system for lawyer discipline. Mark was recently given the Multnomah Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in recognition of his many years of service to the bench and bar.

Bill Hohengarten ’84 is a former partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C., where he focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. While practicing law, Bill worked on several lesbian and gay rights cases, including the successful effort to strike down anti-gay sodomy laws in Lawrence v. Texas. Bill majored in History at Reed, earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Northwestern, and studied law at Yale. He also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter in 1996-97. Bill retired in 2011, and now lives on the edge of the wilderness in northern Minnesota with his husband David and their dog Piwi.

More information about this panel is available here.

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Showcase your skills at Marketplace 2015

In the days of ancient Greece, you could head down to the market of Athens and purchase papyrus imported from Egypt, salt fish from Scythia, as well as the olive oil, figs, and wine that were ample throughout the city-states.

Reed’s own Marketplace, held from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Saturday of Reunions (June 13) in Reed’s Performing Arts Building, won’t contain any salt fish or papyrus (unless there happen to be Reedies who make those things, in which case they should email Rob at but it will have the finest things Reedies make–everything from liqueur to art to hand-knitted items and cartoons.

For the cost of only $15, you can enter the Marketplace at Reunions, enjoy free samples of food and drink, and browse the wares of Reed’s most talented artisans. Confirmed participants include:

  • uncommons, pork belly and kimchi
  • David Autrey ’89 of Westrey Wine Company, wine
  • Lucy Bellwood ’12, comics
  • Tom Burkleaux ’92 of New Deal Distillery, spirits
  • Kim Damio MALS ’10 of Portland Black Lipstick Company, lipstick
  • Narayan DeVera ’65, ceramics and fine art
  • Anne Marie DiStefano ’92 of Lucky Horseshoe, cocktails made with local spirits
  • Rachel Elizabeth ’88 of Jonny Sport, luggage and accessories
  • Esther Gwinnell ’75, glass artwork.
  • Christine Herman ’02 of Case Study Coffee, cold brew
  • Minott Kerr ’80 of Clear Creek Distillery, spirits
  • Georgia Kirkpatrick ’08 of Silvania, clothing and handmade items
  • Taya Koschnick ’05 of Tasi Designs, jewelry
  • Elise Roberts ’99 of Enlightened Bugs, photo prints of bees and bugs
  • Jehnee Rains ’93 of Suzette, crepes and sweet treats
  • Dawn Seymour ’80 of Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design, yarn

We’re maintaining a running list of participants on the schedule, so check there for the latest updates on participants. And as mentioned before, if you’re interested in participating, or just have questions, email Rob at or call at 503/517-7836.

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Prexy Salons Focus on Quality Discussions

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The spring run of Prexy salons kicks off on Tuesday, January 27, when you can engage in “powerful” discussion with Robert McCullough ’72 on the topic:

Nuclear Winter: Is Nuclear Power Obsolete?

McCullough served as an expert on the Enron case, and consults across the North America on topics ranging from fuel pricing to liquified natural gas (LNG). You can read about his career here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m.
Prexy (the original president’s house on the corner of SE 28th and Woodstock)
Reed College

Park in the West lot.

Space is limited to 30 participants, RSVP to


Plus, keep your eyes peeled for more salons throughout the spring…

February 5: 2015 Eliot Award Winner Arlene Blum ’66 post-lecture discussion

March 4: Lecture by President John Kroger on book TBA

TBA: Lauren Sheehan ’80 and Joe Hickerson on folk music in America

TBA: Campus Walk and Salon on Quality Architecture with Anthony Belluschi (son of library and psychology building architect Pietro Belluschi).

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Why I’m Excited About Reunions 2015

I’ve been to no less than four Reed Reunions, and it’s a special experience year in, year out. But I have to confess; I’m particularly excited about this one.

Of course, there are the old favorites–the beautiful Fireworks, Ping Pong Palace, Carnival, Marketplace, and Stop Making Sense, which never fails to unite Reedies across generations. And of course, there are the llamas.


But there are also a few things that make this year special: for starters, Prexy, the former music building and new home of Alumni Relations, takes on the role of “Reunions Central.” The living room will be open until Midnight Wednesday–Saturday for coffee and conversation, so stop by and check out the newly renovated space.

On the event front, Davis Rogan ’90, legendary New Orleans jazz musician, returns for a three-hour concert on the Saturday of Reunions and a talk on Friday. Friday also features a trio of bands that include rocking Reedies from ’88 all the way to ’15.

Meanwhile, in the academic department, in honor of professors Bob Kaplan and Maryanne McClellan’s retirement, Biology faculty, staff, and alumni have planned a series of events especially for Reed’s Biology Alumni. Alumni College and Reunions Paideia also make a triumphant return for those of you who like to learn.

Reunions Sunday this year also coincides with Portland’s Pride Parade–so we’re keeping the dorms open an extra day so Reedies can stay and march in the Parade. Then, we’re giving all the marchers free pizza. A specially decorated Griffin Float will be there, too. We hope to have an accompanying series of events for LGBT Reedies and are collaborating with the Multicultural Resource Center to make this work–if you have any ideas for an event, please email us at


Dr. Demento speaks at Reunions 2014.

So register for Reunions 2015–you have nothing to lose but your free dorm room. (If you don’t register by January 31, that is!) This year, you can even get points when your friends register and win prizes, like Dr. Demento’s voice on your home answering machine. Check out the Reed Konnection Silly Kontest (RKSK) to learn more.

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It’s Never too Early to Get Excited about Reunions 2015

Especially when Davis Rogan ’90 is headlining the musical acts.

Yes, Davis Rogan ’90, legendary New Orleans blues and jazz musician who both consulted for and inspired a character on HBO’s New Orleans-centered series Treme. Davis will be taking the Kaul Auditorium stage on Friday for a lecture and performance, and will be performing a three-hour set on Saturday night of Reunions (June 13) in the Student Union. You won’t want to miss it. Listen to selections from Davis’ records here. For any who doubt that Reed played a role in nurturing Davis’s musical talent, the 1990 student handbook, Davis wrote, “If any musicologist every wants to know where I got my loud, pounding piano style I’ll save them the trouble. I learned to play in Prexy and needed to hear myself.”

Speaking of which, Prexy has been fully (and beautifully) remodeled as the new home of Alumni Relations, and it will be featured prominently in Reunions programming. Expect to see Reunions check-in in the lobby, bonfires and sing-alongs on the back porch, and Reedies hanging out in the living room, which was redesigned by Reed’s own Kathia Emery ’67.

We’re also looking forward to Alumni College: Diversity vs. Divergence in Contemporary America. Organized by Jim Kahan ’64 and Mary James, Dean of Institutional Diversity and A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics at Reed. This year’s college will feature Reed professors, alumni, and students discussing the importance of, and contested nature of the notion of diversity in Contemporary America.

2015 also promises the return of Fireworks, Ping-Pong Palace, and of course, Pirate Camp. See a list of all confirmed events here. So mark you calendars for Reunions 2015, June 10–14. Registration will open in early January, and those who register by January 31 may sign up for a free dorm room.

Hope to see you there!

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Reedies to march in Pride Parade

rainbow_griff_medReed is going to Portland’s Pride Parade on Sunday, June 15! We are setting up in Spot 61, Section 11—just off of NW Flanders and 8th. See maps below. Pride wants you to arrive by 10 a.m. under threat of not being able to enter the set-up area (the parade itself starts at 11 a.m., so it would be a good idea to be there by 10 anyway). To entice you to arrive early, we’ll be bringing doughnuts!


If you can, please wear a Reed shirt or some rainbow-colored item. The Reed Bookstore has generously made a select group of “REED” t-shirts available for $5 to anybody who promises to wear it to Pride (on the Honor Principle!). Also, feel free to represent Reed traditions (Dressing up as Simeon Reed? Juggling? Spinning Poi?) in whatever way you’d like. (Just remember that Portland Pride is generally a family-friendly parade, so please don’t show up in your RKSK best.) If you have a question about what you should and shouldn’t bring/do during the parade, just ask. As far as getting to the parade, parking for these things is always hard. Also, the 19 bus does not run until 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, although the 17 and the 9 run at earlier times. We will have two vans to pick up marchers from the Foster/Scholz parking lot at 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in providing a ride for, or hitching a ride with, other Reedies, let me know and I will try to coordinate rides. You’re welcome to bring your non-Reedie friends, significant others, etc. Anybody who is willing to march on behalf of Reed is welcome! I’m also attaching an info sheet “REED at Pride“—easily printable and cut into quarters—that you can feel free to leave out for your housemates/roommates, if you’d like. And if you want any of our rainbow “Love Reed” buttons, as always, just ask. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know! Love Reed. —Rob Shryock ’13 Alumni & Parent Relations Staff Assistant Resources: Pride route map Pride set-up map Reed-specific Pride info page

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Strategic-planning report summaries

The Quest ran a terrific piece on the findings by all strategic-planning work groups; the students involved in each group submitted the following summaries, and we are pleased to share them with you. If reading the full reports is a daunting task, enjoy these cogent recaps!

Strategic Planning Working Group Report Summaries
April 25, 2014 (originally printed in the Quest)

Over the last academic year, student representatives have collaborated with members of the staff and faculty on working groups as a part of the College’s Strategic Planning process. Each working group was presented with a specific charge as well as a series of cross-cutting themes to consider throughout their work. On April 15, 2014, each working group submitted a final report that outlined some strategic suggestions and observations about the current status of the Reed. These summaries, authored by the students on the working groups, briefly discuss their findings of the Strategic Planning process. The final reports of many of the working groups will be available to the Reed Community sometime later this month. Many of the recommendations of the working groups will be discussed at a retreat this summer, but movement upon strategic decisions will be enacted through their traditional modes of mobilization (e.g. CAPP, CAC/Faculty Initiative, Senate Initiative, etc.).   

—Danielle Juncal ‘15, student-body president


Student representatives: Archit Guha ’14, Julia Selker ‘15

What is foundational to a Reed curriculum? Is it just Hum? Is it group requirements? Is it all first year classes. These were some puzzling definitional questions was confronted with from the moment we convened. For our purposes, we decided that Hum 110 and the group requirement structure did, in fact, serve as a foundation to all Reedies’ educations. While the proceedings of our group have been especially contentious because of strong faculty interest, we have been able to make suggestions to streamline the Introductory Science courses, so as to offer a wider array of courses, in order to encourage students to fulfill these requirements on campus. In addition, we have moved toward reconsidering the rationale of Group D, and the viability of standalone quantitative and foreign language requirements (don’t worry — that’s not happening anytime soon). Suffice it to say, all that is holy to Reed’s foundations remains largely the same, but on our part, we have tried to ensure that students are more interested in taking classes that they are just fulfilling requirements with.


Student representatives: Kasra Shokat ’14, Elizabeth Pekarskaya ‘15

Group B organized its recommendations around five main “vision points” that conceptualize the role of the intermediate and advanced curriculum in the future mission of the College:

1. Fostering Faculty-Guided Pedagogical Goals – Recommendations address improvements in: advising technologies/practices, communication between faculty and CIS/Admissions/Registrar, and dispersal of information regarding Reed’s grading policy to new faculty, other schools/employers.

2. Promoting and Supporting the Senior Thesis Capstone – Recommendations: Address imbalances in faculty thesis loads across departments, provide academic staffing support needed to enable students to have successful thesis experiences, and improve available technology that can be integrated into theses.

3. Encouraging Liberal Arts Breadth and Depth in the Major – Recommendations: Strengthen and elaborate on advising protocols to signal multiple curricular pathways for majors, develop and support targeted and structured minors complementary to major programs, actively market Reed’s unique balance of breadth and depth via the rejection of a dichotomy of academic v. practical skills.

4.  Expanding Curricular Diversity to Enhance Students’ Major and Thesis Experience – Recommendations: Hire faculty that specialize in non-Western areas of study, hire strategically for curriculum expansion and inter-disciplinarity, increase upper-level course offerings, make it easier for students to study abroad, hire staff specifically to support the above goals.

5. Encouraging Rigorous Upper-Division Interdisciplinarity to Strengthen the Major.  – Recommendations: Rethink disciplinarity beyond departments and cultivate links among faculty, expand opportunities for cross-department/division interactions, provide structural ways fro courses to serve multiple departments’ courses and major programs, and strengthen academic advising and faculty support to guide students to multiple curricular pathways.


Student representatives: Jessica Camhi ’14, Andrew Watson ‘14

Strategic Planning Group C, The Arts at Reed spent our time assessing the current practice and developing a future vision for the arts (including Art, Dance, Theatre, Music and Creative Writing).  In order for the arts to be fully integrated into Reed’s philosophy of “life of the mind,” we propose several measures: allow studio/“applied” courses to fulfill Group A, create a clearer crediting system for such courses, create an independent Dance major, and invite local artists to teach academic classes in their areas of specialty. Bringing studio classes into Group A, as well as creating an understandable crediting system, will allow more students to take arts classes, and perhaps earlier in their Reed careers, without worrying about graduating on time. A stand-alone Dance major is long overdue, as Dance is now widely recognized as a rigorous academic discipline. Learning from visiting artists will allow us to practice a broader range of artistic mediums as well as interact with the greater community. The overall intention of our goals is to bring the arts at Reed to a level at which its resources and accreditation make it a respectful and essential component of the Reed education.


Student representatives: Dean Schmeltz ’14, Elisa Cibils ‘15

Working Group E discussed Reed’s Summer and January Term, and made recommendations about the following subjects: a bridge program, summer courses, Paideia, internships, and study-abroad. BRIDGE PROGRAM: Rather than a summer program for incoming students, establish a remedial program open to any student during winter break. Students who struggle in their first semester would be encouraged to attend, but an overlap with Paideia should reduce stigma. SUMMER COURSES: Rather than offering introductory courses for credit, set up a range of alternative course options for current students and others, including high school students. Science faculty overwhelmingly reported that official summer courses would take away valuable research time, as well as time needed to mentor students who already conduct summer research. PAIDEIA: Continue with the improvements already in process. Add more academic and skills-oriented offerings (perhaps with incentives for faculty and staff), in conjunction with bridge program. INTERNSHIPS: We recommend a more centralized administration, more prominent presentation of these experiences (e.g. a no-class poster-session day), and making service/employment a regular part of student advising to reinforce that the institution supports these activities. STUDY-ABROAD: Through funding and administrative support, make it possible for more faculty to add travel components to their semester courses that would take place during either summer or winter breaks.


Student representatives: Ari Galper ’14, Evvy Archibald ‘16

The Strategic Planning Working Group F: Community Governance and Academic Administrative Structure was charged with assessing the functioning of all levels of community governance. Accomplishing this charge involved looking at the ways in which the various community documents delegate governance and administrative responsibility across the college, and interrogating the gaps between what the documents call for, what the community thinks it put into practice, and what is actually put into practice. In the process of mining the community documents and receiving input from the various campus constituencies, a number institutional principles of governance emerged. One of these is the belief that each community member should be able to—and, to an extent, is expected to—participate in their respective sphere of governance. (Other principles included self-governance, diversity, and bounded student autonomy). One gap related to the principle of involvement and participation is that staff members have no formalized involvement in the legislative process. Another issue related to involvement is that relatively few people within carry the burden of the majority of community governance within their respective spheres. This is true of both faculty and students. A difficult question that we confronted was how leadership positions can be structured such that the largest possible diversity of people is able participate in governance, while at the same time enabling consistency and the maintenance institutional knowledge. Among the working group’s recommendations are that the Agenda Committee be reconvened and that the faculty consider the option of creating the position of Associate Dean of the Faculty.


Student representatives: Shruti Korada ’14, Ben Morris ‘15

The Research and Teaching working group (RTWG) concluded with 5 major recommendations concerning both with faculty and student scholarship. Three of these recommendations concerned faculty research: (1) to clarify the expectations for junior and senior faculty to be researching and publishing (2) to provide support for teaching and scholarship that recognizes the differing needs of different types of teacher-scholars (e.g. funding experimental laboratories or foreign travel), (3) to reduce committee work to allow faculty engage more with teaching and scholarship. Two of these recommendations concerned student scholarship: (4) to create a campus-wide post-bac program for students to develop ideas that have arisen through the senior thesis project or in earlier research projects with a faculty member, and (5) to increase funding for student travel to conferences. The proposed post-bac program would enable collaborative research between faculty and graduating seniors, with funding split between fellowships lasting either 2 months or 1 year after graduation to allow some flexibility in the role of a post-bac. The recommendation to increase funding for student travel to conferences, for students who will not be presenting work, was based on demonstrated interest as heard through student interviews and discussions of funding requests.  The RTWG also suggested that (1) junior faculty and faculty for whom external funding is difficult to obtain be able to utilize year-long sabbaticals, (2) increasing funding for faculty and student research in departments that have unmet needs, and (3) working to better publicize the scholarly achievements of Reed faculty within and outside the community.


Student representatives: Ari Galper ’14, Danielle Juncal ’15, Bryan Kim ‘14

The Student Success working group (SSWG) concluded with three strategic suggestions: to implement a January term Bridge program, to enhance the academic advising experience, and to increase emphasis on helping students launch after Reed. Defining what “success” meant took up most of Fall Semester’s work, but we finally concluded that success was ultimately defined by each individual student but generally related to our community’s commitment to living honorable lives, inside and outside of the classroom. For the bridge program, the SSWG recommended that the program occur over Winter Break with follow-up during the Spring semester. This program would be targeted toward but not limited to students who struggled academically during their first semester at Reed. For academic advising, the SSWG wanted to raise the bar and make sure that advising was held to a consistent standard in which advisers acted as a switchboard for on-campus resources, a mentor to students, and (of course) a guidebook to academic requirements for graduation. Lastly, the SSWG wanted to put more focus on helping students see the instrumental value of a Reed education when launching into the job market alongside intrinsic “learning for learning’s sake” side of one’s time at Reed. Each of these parts are important, but in order for the former to succeed, the Center for Life Beyond Reed needs more funding and staffing to accommodate the diverse post-graduation needs of the student body.


Student representatives: John Iselin ’14, Rennie Meyers ‘15

Working group K  – the Long-Term Financial Health of the College Group – focused primarily on determining how to model the next decade of the college’s finances. This means that if you read our report, you will be presented with information concerning how the committee anticipates the college will fare financially over the next ten years in a range of scenarios.  This effort is supposed to provide assistance to the other working groups and college officials who are making decisions regarding what changes should be made over the next few decades. In essence, it is important to know if the college can afford to build a bunch of new buildings, or hire 20 new faculty, or start accepting a whole lot more aided students.

Our basic conclusion was that the college is financially stable and not at major risk of collapse barring any major shocks. Our major financial flows – net tuition, endowment income, and personnel expenses – are to differing degrees volatile, and we spent the majority of our report determining sources of risk.  We model the variations in tuition and employee compensation, changes to financial aid, growth in college size, shocks to the endowment in terms of returns and gifts, and we create a worse-case scenario, where these shocks all happen at once. The result is that Reed is financially strong, but still vulnerable enough to shocks as to require financial caution. In considering our report, please keep in mind the long term investments the school should make by looking at the infrastructure and maintenance going on on Reed’s campus every day.

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A broad array of beats at Reedfayre ’14

folk-trio-reu13Sing along, dance along, or sit back and enjoy. Whatever your preference, Reunions ’14: Reedfayre, June 4-8, offers a enticing panoply of wonderful music.

Rob Fishel ’03 on show-tunes piano:
If you like to sing aloud to show tunes and popular standards, then Thursday night is for you. Rob Fishel ’03 will be at the piano and will play songs for you to sing with on Thursday night, starting at 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building. Whether you like to belt out “Oklahoma,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” or one of the many songs penned by Johnny Mercer, this is the place to do it! Rob is taking requests, so respond to this email with a song you would like to sing.

In honor of Pete Seeger:
“This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” Those were the words than encircled the head of Pete Seeger’s famous banjo. And while he passed away earlier this year, his message endures. From storytelling sessions by Cricket Parmalee ’71 about Pete’s concerts at Reed to Dr. Demento’s talks on Seeger’s influences to a hootenanny in Seeger’s honor, we are pleased to offer programming in which we share words, songs, and memories of this remarkable American.

Lauren Sheehan ’81 and friends. This local songster is back in town following an East Coast tour, and she will again share her versatile talents by leading the Seeger hootenanny on Friday and performing at the Saturday carnival as well as over dinner on Saturday. As in past performances, she will assemble a some talented friends to accompany her.

Kyle Alden Thayer ’80:
Kyle Alden Thayer ’80 returns to Reed and is joined by local favorite Kathryn Claire for three performances featuring folk songs played on guitars, fiddle, mandolin and harmony vocals. They will entertain us over dinner in the quad on Friday evening. They will anchor the stage on Saturday afternoon at the carnival. And they will close out Reedfayre with a Sunday brunch performance in the Commons Café.

Stop Making Sense & ’80s Dance Parties:
Keeping it real by keeping it retro. Friday night will conclude with an ’80s dance party as we spin the tunes that came in by request over the past few months.

And back by popular demand, Reedies cannot get enough of the Talking Heads classic, Stop Making Sense. We’ll once again pack the SU and crank up the volume as we see David Byrne and his motley crew on the big screen to close out Saturday night.

Sportin’ Lifers:
Erin Wallace ’96 and Whit Draper ’87 gig around town with a group of talented musicians known as the Sportin’ Lifers. Whether you want to sit back and listen or get up and dance to the jazzy, bluesy interpretations of popular standards, you’ll dig the vibe on Saturday evening.

Big Daddy Thaddy & the Sugar Dick Daddies:
As if you didn’t know that the current crop of Reed students have talent, you can see and hear it in person as Jack Johnson ’15 and Omar Hashani ’16 team up with some friends and play classic electric-blues tunes. Expect to hear some Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and more, as you groove to the harmonica wizardry of the inimitable Big Daddy Thaddy on Saturday.

Russian Duo:
Terry Boyarsky ’70 and Oleg Kruglyakov charmed those who saw their piano and balalaika concert during our centennial Reunions, and we are delighted to welcome back Russian Duo on Saturday night.

Photo of Lost Creek at Reunions ’13 by Leah Nash

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Feast on a food symposium at Reedfayre ’14


photo by Leah Nash

Foodies of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your waistline!

Everyone knows that Portland has grown into nationally recognized hub of food activity, from its top-rated restaurants, food trucks, and bakeries to nearby vineyards and breweries. What’s less known is the role that Reed graduates have played in the food world, not only helping shape Portland into the food town it is today but in efforts nationally, even globally. Although they share a common origin at Reed, these alumni forged their own paths—as restauranteurs, food writers, sustainability advocates, geneticists, farmers, brewers, wine makers, and more. We’ll gather many of them for a series of panels and talks over three days and explore their motivations, interests, and role in the food world. Considering the multitude of perspectives they bring to the table, this will truly be an intellectual feast at Reunions ’14: Reedfayre, June 4-8.

–Sam Fromartz ’80, editor-in-chief of the non-profit Food & Environment Reporting Network


Thursday, June 5, 5 p.m.
Pamela Ronald ’82, “Organic Farming, Genetics, & the Future of Food”
Vollum Lecture Hall
Pam Ronald ’82 is a prominent plant geneticist and a professor at U.C. Davis, who recently engaged in a debate with Michael Pollan that was featured in the New Yorker. Moderated by Sam Fromartz ’80, the organizer of our food-themed track, this promises to be an informative and thought-provoking opening session.

Friday, June 6, 3 p.m.
Mark Powell ’79 “Discovering Sustainability in a Chinese Fish Farm”
Performing Arts Building, Room 320
Mark’s journey of discovery began with western sustainability standards that were a poor fit to traditional Chinese fish farms growing fish, mulberry, and silk in connected cycles. Growing carp on small farms in China is the largest and perhaps most sustainable fish industry in the world and a lesson for the West. Mark has been a conservationist for 20 years working for Ocean Conservancy and WWF International.

Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m.
Sam Fromartz ’80, “In Search of the Perfect Loaf”
Eliot Hall 314
If you are into bread, this talk is for you. Sam will deliver a talk in advance of his new book In Search of the Perfect Loaf (due out in the fall) that will rise to the occasion. He trekked from California to Berlin to Southern France and places in between in this quest (he wasn’t loafing!). See if Sam succeeded. When he is not baking bread, Sam is the editor-in-chief of the non-profit Food & Environment Reporting Network. He will be introduced by John Sheehy ’82.


photo by Leah Nash


Friday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion “Back to the Land and Sea and to Market”
Performing Arts Building, Room 320
Our esteemed panelists will discuss their entry into farming, broad issues of sustainability, and locality. Panelists include Jon Rowley ’69 (who first marketed Copper River Salmon, is an expert on oysters, and is a James Beard-award winner) and Amelia Hard ’67, who is the driving force behind the James Beard Public Market. Claire Cummings, waste specialist at Bon Appetit, will serve as the moderator.

Friday, June 6, 1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion “Delicious Words: Writing about Food”
Performing Arts Building, Room 320
The writing about what we eat is also an art, and we have assembled a top-flight group of writers to talk about their craft and how they cover the issues involved in food writing. Panelists include Molly Watson ’92, food writer; Michelle Nijhuis ’96, environmental writer; and Sam Fromartz ’80, the editor-in-chief of the non-profit Food & Environment Reporting Network. Professor of English and local food critic Roger Porter will serve as the moderator.

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion “Feeding a Passion: Owning and Operating a Restaurant”
Gray Campus Center, BCD
Operating a restaurant is no small undertaking, and perhaps that is why so many Reed alumni have launched restaurants around the country. Alumni who own and operate eating establishments will gather and discuss what it is about restaurants that appeals to them and how they approach the dynamic challenges in this industry: Kurt Huffman ’93 (founder, ChefsTable restaurant group) and Karen Leibowitz ’99 (Mission Chinese in San Francisco). Professor of English Roger Porter will serve as the moderator.

Saturday, June 7, 12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion “Oregon Before the Grapes”
Gray Campus Center, BCD
Susan Sokol Blosser ’67 MAT will join forces with Sebastian Pastore ’88 (former VP at Widmer) and Tom Burkleaux ’92 (New Deal Distillery) in a moderated discussion on why this area seems to be particularly ripe in the growth and development of their respective beverage industry. And why are so many Reedies drawn to these areas? Oregonian beverage writer John Foyston will pour questions to the panel.

Saturday, June 7, 2-4 p.m.
Performing Arts Building
To wrap up our food symposium, more than 20 Reed alumni are sharing their culinary creations along with a host of other alumni who are showcasing their crafts–all of this will take place in Reed’s new Performing Arts Building. Note: There is a $15 charge to attend this event (register online).

Marketplace admission also gets you exclusive access to the Meat-Smoke Tent on Saturday, and everyone who buys a Marketplace ticket gets a Reed College tote bag and a coupon entitling them to $5 off a clothing purchase at the bookstore.

Please note: Although minors are allowed in Marketplace, samples of alcohol will be present. Those who plan on partaking of said alcohol who appear to be under 30 must present a photo ID at the door to receive an over-21 wristband. Those without a photo ID will still be granted admittance, but will not be allowed to purchase or drink samples of alcohol.

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Colorful commentary to celebrate 250 years of service

sunflare-reu-fanfayre13Start off the weekend of Reunions ’14: Reedfayre with a special drink, a toast, and some tunes. We hope that Cerf Amphitheatre will be filled with well-wishers as we honor an impressive group of retiring faculty and staff members along with this year’s recipients of the Jean L Babson Award.

Some highlights:

Yoram Bauman ’95 will serve as our emcee. He bills himself as the world’s first and only stand up economist, and he will supply colorful commentary commensurate with the audience’s marginal propensity to consume his jokes. Come for the punch, stay for the punchlines.

The group of alumni who have faithfully fed Renn Fayre revelers with tasty smoked turkeys, pigs, and salmon for more than 30 years will be honored with the Jean L. Babson Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The membership of the Reed Meat-Smoke Crew has changed (a bit) over the years, but the team has gathered in sun and in rain to dig pits, cut wood, and prepare the meal that is the Renn Fayre feast.

program-reu-fanfayre13Robert Palladino will be named an honorary alumnus of Reed College. From 1969 to 1984, he kept the art of hand lettering alive at Reed, and in the years in between, he has be a regular guest at calligraphy events. With the return of calligraphy to Reed through the calligraphy initiative, it is appropriate that the alumni association bestow this honor on Robert and thank him for his dedicated service.

And after 41 years of stewarding the college’s finances, Ed McFarlane will also be named an honorary alumnus. He was instrumental in helping the college navigate through tough times and today this strong, heathy institution owes him a huge debt of gratitude and thanks.

Five faculty members are retiring this year, and we will honor their years of dedicated service to Reed. We’ll raise a glass and sing a song in honor of Kathleen Worley (30+ years), Ron McClard (30 years), Rao Potluri (40 years), and Joe Roberts (62 years).

Join us as we honor these remarkable people and the imprint they have left on Reed College.


Pre-Fanfayre hosted reception, 4 p.m.
Fanfayre Friday kicks off with a reception back at Camp Reed, aka Cerf Ampitheatre. Sip on the signature cocktail of Plato’s Punch (mocktails available as well), enjoy the music of Lauren Sheehan ’81, catch up with old friends. Followed by Fanfayre at 4:30 p.m.

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