Events Calendar 2/10

Friday, February 10th

Student Mixer with Kevan M. Shokat ‘86 (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ Eliot Hall 103)

Looking to learn more about research, advancements in pharmaceutical treatments against cancer, and networking with distinguished Reed alumni? Join Kevan M. Shokat ‘86, the 2022 Howard Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology recipient, at this student mixer to learn more about his research and connect. Light snacks and desserts will be provided!

Shokat is a chemist who researches pharmaceutical treatments against some of the most common drivers of human cancers. He is best known for targeting a mutation that drives more than 1 in 10 lung cancers, which opened up a new arena of cancer treatment discovery. The target, K-Ras, is the most common driver of cancer and was considered “undruggable” by most cancer researchers after 40 years of failed attempts to block its function. Shokat’s discovery of a K-Ras blocker broke through this decades-old barrier and threw open the doors to a new class of cancer treatments.

What it means to be black (1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. @ Eliot Hall 419)

What it means to be black is back and a little different. In this workshop series, we will delve into the psychological impacts of racism and racial oppression on the African diaspora, and learn techniques for healing and coping with these traumas. By examining the legacy of systemic racism and its ongoing effects on our present, we hope to facilitate a process of personal and collective healing from the inside out.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Greta Binford (4:10 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Psychology 105)

Dr. Binford’s research program uses integrative, evolutionary approaches to better understand patterns of diversity in spider venoms.

Brown recluses and their relatives (genus Loxosceles) are famous for venoms that can cause nasty lesions when they bite people. The toxins that cause these lesions, called phospholipase Ds, are unique to the Sicariidae spider family that includes Loxosceles and their near relatives – the super cool six-eyed sand spiders. Dr. Binford will describe her work uncovering the biogeographic history of sicariidae, and share what’s been learned about the evolutionary origin and diversification of these PLD toxins. The story includes evidence of lateral gene transfer, functional diversification of a poorly understood gene family, and expansion of the complexity of the venom proteome. The result is venoms that are dominated by potent insecticidal PLD neurotoxins.

Chess Club (6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ PAB, 332)

Are you interested in playing chess? Then join chess club! We meet weekly in the PAB on Fridays from 6- 8:30 PM. For more info, join our mailing list by contacting Conor ( or Kellen (

Presentation Night! (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. @ Vollum)

Join the Student Engagement Program Board for Presentation Night! Students are invited to present on a topic for 3-5 minutes and compete for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize. To sign-up in advance and for guidelines and ideas go to! Walk in sign-ups will be welcome starting at 6:30pm on the day of the event. 

Annabelle Stern Dance Thesis Concert ( 7:30 p.m. @ PAB 128)

“Staging the Square” is a square dance inspired contemporary dance performance with dancers Anatalya Piatigorsky, Beier Li, Ena Hashimoto, and Emma Potter. The work will explore square dance designs and frameworks through an abstracted choreographic approach, and will emphasize both the power and vulnerability of bodies dancing together as well as alone. A portion will be accompanied by violinist Ivy Queen.

Free and open to the public. Masks are required for this event. Make your reservation at

Dirty Dancing Ball (10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. @ SU)

Come twist, grind, and have the time of your life to hits from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’80s! 

Sunday, February 12th

Gryphon Group AA (4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Psychology 108)

The Gryphon Group of Alcoholics Anonymous is an open meeting that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:15pm via Zoom and in person on Sundays from 4:30-6pm. We welcome all who seek to know more about alcoholism. We share our experience, strength and hope. Gryphon was founded by Reed students in 1982. As an open meeting we invite all who seek answers to addictions. If you would like further information contact Mike Sweeney at 503-821-9526 or

 Monday, February 13th

Ecotherapy Two-Part Student Workshop (2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Health and Counseling Center)

This workshop is skills based and experiential. We will practice mindfulness in nature-settings to strengthen your relationship with nature and facilitate reflection, connection, and reciprocity. The outdoor experiential sessions will include walking on uneven and/or muddy paths in the Reed Canyon, and meeting at the Rhododendron Garden near Reed! The outdoor meetings will continue if it is raining (please dress accordingly and bring any personal items such as an umbrella, if desired). In the event of extreme weather, the participants will be contacted directly.

Please plan to attend both sessions if you register. Pre-registration is required for participation in this workshop. Registration will close on Monday, February 13th, at 9am. Once you have been registered for the workshop we will send materials and information for the workshop via email.

Reed Academic Quizbowl Practice (4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. @ PAB 131)

Come practice with the Reed QB team! NAQT Tournament-style team gameplay on any subject under the moon (and over it, if yours is astrophysics)!

Senate Public Meetings (4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. @ Student Union)

Student Senate’s weekly public meeting for questions and concerns from the community and hearing about our ongoing projects!

Reed Finance and Investment Club Meeting (5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Eliot 207)

Join the Reed Finance and Investment Club! We help manage a portion of Reed College’s endowment, and you can too! We meet every Monday from 5 to 6 PM in Eliot 207. This semester we will have a variety of speakers, investment strategy presentations, stock pitches, and more! 🙂

Writer’s Bloc Weekly Meetings (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ Vollum 120)

We’re an on-campus writer’s group dedicated to making time for creativity during the semester. Come and find us Monday nights, 6:30 -8:30 PM, for snacks, time to write, and time to share your work with other writers!

Tuesday, February 14th

De-Stress Fest Care Stations (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ GCC Patio)

Spread joy by making yourself, your friends, a mentor, or that special someone a beautiful floral bouquet! We will have flowers, twine, tissue paper and cards for you to make your own colorful arrangements. 

CLBR Drop In – Tuesdays, GCC-A (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ GCC-A)

Come visit CLBR advisors on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:30 in the breezeway of Commons (just next to the stairs) if you’re looking for a quick career chat! We’re happy to help with resume revisions, seeking out alumni to network with or designing a strong cover letter. If you’re not even sure where to start in your career journey, we’re happy to help you take that first step!

Evidence Dance Company Community Masterclass (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ PAB, Dance Studio)

Evidence Dance Company‘s community dance class strives to bring dancers of all ages and backgrounds together to participate in fun and engaging movement class. Featuring simplified steps from artistic director Ronald K. Brown’s blended style of contemporary, African, and Caribbean dance styles, classes begin with a warm-up and continue with movements that teach rhythm, using the body to express ideas. Themes of strength, prayer, and celebration are incorporated into the movement that is taught. Participants should dress in loose-fitting clothing. No dance experience is needed, just an open heart.  

Register at

Flower Bomb (3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Student Union)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Student Engagement Program Board with an afternoon of origami flowers, card making, and other cute themed crafts. Free cupcakes, cookies and pizza will be available! Wipe away those love-scorned tears and treat yourself.

Nature Based Mindfulness (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Great Lawn)

We will offer a variety of nature-based mindfulness experiences that can be modified depending on attendee preferences and accessibility needs. These practices will either be stationary or mindful walking experiences. If we decide to engage in a walking experience on the Reed campus, the pace will be slow and the focus will be on engaging your senses. The paths may be uneven/muddy. The focus of these practices will be to strengthen your relationship with the land and nature and to transition from “thinking” to “sensing” and from “doing” to “being” which will help facilitate nonjudgmental present-moment focus, connection, self-reflection, and centering.  

Reed Philosophy Club Meeting – Topic on Ethics (6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Eliot Hall)

We will be discussing the paper Moral Luck by Thomas Nagel. No prior knowledge is required, a summary is available on the day, and the reading and more information are in the discord server.

American Nuclear Society Club Meetings (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Eliot Hall)

Students interested in learning, discussing, and exploring all things nuclear should join the Reed College Student Section of the American Nuclear Society. Meetings happen every two weeks. Open to all Reed community members and other Portland undergraduate students.

Portland Book Club (7:30 p.m. @ Prexy Conference Room)

In February 2023 we’ll be talking about Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

We are Reed alumni, spouses, and friends. We meet every month on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. We may allow virtual access as well, but haven’t settled that yet.

Contact Bonnie ( or Jeri ( to be notified of the final details.

Valentine’s Rave (8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. @ Student Union)

Valentine’s Day Rave. High-energy dance music and classics to celebrate love!

Thursday, February 16th

Exhibition: Dark Moves (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Cooley Art Gallery)

Menchelli and Watkins employ color, line, and saturation—dematerializing modernist geometries, and transforming planarity into ascending angles and curves. Their experiments produce enigmatic effects and lacunae—voids and folds that touch and trace one another. In Dark Moves, Menchelli brings new dimensionality to her translucent color photograms, made entirely in the dark—folding and manipulating the photosensitive paper. These alchemical agents become embodied sculptures mounted on a stainless steel substructure that thrust their geometric volumes, casting shadows on the wall. In the darkened surroundings of the space, Watkins transforms the dynamic linearity of her ink-based drawings into rising, swooping organic forms that radiate wild shadows. These sculptural forms accompany numinous gold reliefs created by imperceptible forces, and small works on paper that oscillate between a fluid lyricism and darker visions of interior compression.

Chemistry Seminar: Isabelle Baconguis, Ph.D. “Insights into the function of trimeric Na+-selective ion channels” (4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Biology, 19)

Isabelle Baconguis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biochemistry.  She remained at PENN for two years studying glutamate receptors. Interested in ion channel physiology, she joined the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU and joined Dr. Eric Gouaux’s lab in the Vollum Institute. During her doctoral research at the Vollum Institute, she studied acid sensing ion channels (ASICs), members of the superfamily of amiloride-sensitive and Na+-selective trimeric ion channels. Using a combination of x-ray crystallography and electrophysiology, she exploited toxin-dependent modulation of ASIC function to elaborate molecular mechanisms of gating, selectivity and ion channel block. As a recipient of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, part of High-Risk High-Reward Program, Isabelle skipped postdoctoral training to immediately pursue her research program of understanding water and salt balance using structural techniques initially focusing on the epithelial sodium channels (ENaC). She joined the Vollum Institute as the inaugural Vollum fellow in 2013 and was promoted to assistant scientist in 2016.

Math & Statistics Colloquium: Noah Charles, Reed College (4:40 p.m. @ Eliot 314)

Kū Kiaʻi Aloha: Decolonial Intimacies and Governance Beyond the “Nation Straight” (5:00 p.m. @ Vollum Lounge)

The 2022-23 Vine Deloria Lecture and Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium will feature Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio. Dr. Osorio is Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Our story begins at the base of a sacred mountain, Mauna a Wākea. She is a beacon for navigators, dreamers, and philosophers. She is a gathering place for visionaries in the realm of the gods. She is the piko (summit and convergence) of our ea (sovereignty and liberation). And she is under constant threat of desecration by the State of Hawaiʻi. But this is not simply a story detailing the violences of the state, racial capitalism, and the ongoing removal of Indigenous peoples from our lands. This is an ʻŌiwi moʻolelo that honors the stories and teachings of our ancestors and the relational systems they developed to teach us to live in balance and justice with our people and environments. This is a Hawaiian moʻolelo that takes seriously the counter hegemonic and counter heteropatriarchal practices of aloha ʻāina that root us in the land and create abundance for generations to come. This is an abolitionist moʻolelo that centers genuine security and celebrates what we continue to build in the face and aftermath of all the colonial violences that have come for our lands, our bodies, and our dreams.  

 Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine artist, activist, and scholar. She earned her Ph.D. in English (Hawaiian literature) in 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Osorio is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. In 2020 her poetry and activism were the subject of an award-winning film, This is the Way We Rise which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2021. In 2022 she was a lead artist and co-writer of the revolutionary VR documentary, On the Morning You Wake (To the end of the world), that premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2022 and won the XR experience Jury award at SXSW 2022. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford Dissertation (2017) and Post Doctoral (2022) Fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford University (BA) and New York University (MA). She is the author of the award winning book Remembering our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea which was published in 2021 by The University of Minnesota Press.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Committee, the Vine Deloria Lecture Fund, and the Office for Institutional Diversity.

TNT – Third Not-Thirsty Thursday (5:30 p.m. @ Virtual)

Join fellow Reed alumni for a traditional 1-hour 12-step program (AA/NA) style virtual meeting. The meeting will be anonymous, and is open only to members of the Reed community with a desire to stop drinking or using, and who want to live sober.

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