Events Calendar 2/17

Friday, February 17th

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Group (10:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. @ Aspen, Multipurpose Room)

Are you curious to learn more about yourself and your relationships? Would you like to supercharge your individual therapy? Join the HCC’s psychodynamic psychotherapy group! Facilitated by Staff Counselor Kyle Malin, LPC.

 Group therapy has consistently been found to be an effective form of treatment, comparable to individual therapy (Burlingame, Strauss, & Joyce, 2013). Register at

Gray Fund: Spring Craft Tabling (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ GCC Patio)

Pick up a free craft kit from the Gray Fund team! Bath bomb kits, lip balm making kits, macrame, embroidery and more will be available.

Supplies are limited. 

Exhibition: Dark Moves (Feb 17th – 19th, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Cooley Art Gallery)

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present Dark Moves: Fabiola Menchelli & Heather Watkins. This intimate exhibition consists of newly-commissioned work by Mexico City artist Fabiola Menchelli and Northwest artist Heather Watkins.  Nestled in the Reed College library, the gallery is free and open to the public. Families are welcome!

Menchelli and Watkins are artists deeply invested in the sensory and perceptual possibilities of light—along with its orbital complements, darkness and shadow. With artistic methodologies drawn from poetry, cosmogony, and scientific experimentation, the artists modulate the luminal in pursuit of unknown outcomes. Resultant forms of disappearance, reversal, and refraction communicate across the entirety of the Cooley—particularly in the center, where a hexagonal room with open ends echoes the internal angles and shadows of Menchelli and Watkins’ work.​​ As viewers move through, and around, the hexagon, their bodies draw the symbol of the lemniscate—the infinity symbol (∞). Dark Moves seeks to emulate the ways that shadow becomes a medium in the artists’ hands—contouring, obscuring, and unfolding their work across the deep, azure walls of the museum. 

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.

Over the last two years, the artists and the curator have engaged in an extensive collaborative process, working between Portland and Mexico City. This ongoing conversation has shaped every aspect of the exhibition and its extended programing, including the forthcoming catalog by Mexico City designer Priscila Vanneuville.

In Dark Moves, seeing is not believing. Here, to “see” is to search for ways of knowing that may only be accessed through shadow, the subconscious, and the ancient iconographies of pleasure and pain at the heart of the visual imagination. 

Heather Watkins holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a dual BA in English & World Literature and Classical Studies, from Pitzer College (Claremont, CA). She has received numerous grants from organizations including: the Oregon Arts Commission; the Ford Family Foundation; and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (Portland, OR); and has been awarded residencies at Caldera (Sisters, OR); the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (Otis, OR); Stelo Arts (Portland, OR); and Township10 (Marshall, NC). Watkins has exhibited her work at institutions including: the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR); The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR); the lumber room (Portland, OR); Oregon Contemporary (Portland, OR); Planthouse (New York, NY); CANADA (New York, NY); and PDX CONTEMPORARY ART (Portland, OR). Her work is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR); the Miller Meigs Collection (Portland, OR); Reed College (Portland, OR); Portland State University; and the Artist’s Book Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), as well as numerous library collections. Heather Watkins is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART in Portland, OR.

Fabiola Menchelli received an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2013. Her most recent exhibitions include, I carry all the names I’m given, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo (CDMX, 2022), Parallax, ProxyCo Gallery (New York, 2021), Under the Blue Sun, Marshall Contemporary (Los Angeles, 2021). She has been invited to artistic residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Casa Wabi (Puerto Escondido, Mexico), Casa Nano (Tokyo, Japan) and Unlisted Projects (Austin, TX). Menchelli has been honored with the National System of Art Creators FONCA grant (2019-2022), the XVI Photography Biennial Acquisition Award from Centro de la Imagen (2014), the Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship (2011-2013), FONCA-CONACYT for studies abroad (2011-2013), and the Massart Dean’s Award (2012-2013). Her most recent book titled Desdoble, by Fabiola Menchelli & Andrea Chapela, ESPAC México (2022), was translated to English by the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College. Her work has been included in  Pictures, ed. Ken Miller, There. Editions, USA (2022), and in publications such as Aperture, OSMOS, Terremoto, L’Officiel, and Glasstire. Menchelli has taught in numerous private and public institutions including Reed College between 2018-2019. Her work is represented by ProxyCo Gallery in New York, Marshall Contemporary in L.A. and Arroniz Gallery in México City. She currently lives and works in México City. 

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

Historical role of fire in the Klamath Mountains, California

In this talk, USGS scientist Dr. Clarke Knight will discuss a recent paper which found strong Indigenous influence on forest conditions in the Klamath Mountains over one millennium. She co-authored this research with members of the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, USGS scientists, and USFS scientists. Their findings show that a fire regime consisting of tribal burning practices and lightning ignitions was associated with long-term stability of forest biomass. Before Euro-American colonization, the long-term median forest biomass was approximately half of contemporary values. Indigenous depopulation and 20th-century fire suppression likely allowed biomass to increase, culminating in the current landscape: a closed Douglas fir–dominant forest unlike any seen in the preceding 3,000 years. This is consistent with pre-contact forest conditions being influenced by Indigenous land management and suggests large-scale interventions could be needed to return to historic forest biomass levels.

3:45 pm Snacks & Socializing

4:10pm Talk Begins

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

Are you interested in playing chess? Then join the 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 (

SPxL(m) Trivia Night (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. @ Physics 123)

Do you want some free pizza/drinks/cookies on Friday night? Are you familiar with some physics and math fun facts? Want to make friends with people as nerdy as you are? Come to SPS(Society of Physics Students) and SL(m) trivia night!!!


Lead Climbing Clinic ( 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. @ Outdoor Center)

Back with another lead climbing clinic for this semester! You should come if….

– It’s been a while and you’re wanting to get back to lead climbing

– You’ve done it once or twice and want some practice

– YOU’VE NEVER LEAD, but have experience top-rope belaying

– You just wanna hang out and eat snacks

We’re gonna talk about all the good stuff, like clipping techniques and all associated concerns (z-clipping, back-clipping, anchor clipping, etc), movement (clipping stances, watching legs and ropes), and belaying! And practice it all with some mock leads and extra bolts.

Masquerade Ball (9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. @ SU)

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a masked ball! Make a new friend or dance the night away with a mysterious stranger. Wear your best outfit; the more sparkles, the better! The masks come off at midnight.

*Masks are mandatory before midnight! If you don’t have one, they will be available at the door.

Saturday, February 18th

Order of the Griffin (LARP Club) Meeting (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. @ Trillium Multipurpose Room)

The Order of the Griffin is Reed’s Live Action Role-Playing (LARPing) club for both beginner and experienced LARPers. If you enjoy DnD, improv, storytelling, or throwing things at people and whacking them with foam-padded swords, be sure to join us this semester.

Love Ball (8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. @ SU)

One night performance that has never and will never grace Reed ground again!

Sunday, February 19th

Caffeine Lounge Tea Party (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ GCC)

Caffeine Lounge invites you to the first club event of the semester! It’s a tea party, so only tea will be served at this event! ☺︎

RIPP Art Market (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ GCC)

Student artists will showcase and sell their art this Sunday at RIPP’s Art Market! Come support these talented creators this Sunday in the GCC Patio from 11 AM – 3 PM, and learn about ways to show off your own art!

Portland Baroque Orchestra presents: Bach’s Cello Suites (3:00 p.m. @ Kaul Auditorium)

PBO’s four cellists – Tanya Tomkins, Joanna Blendulf, Annabeth Shirley, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer – take on Bach’s glorious solo cello suites and other Baroque cello ensemble delights. This intimate chamber concert performance will be presented one night only; and is not to be missed!

Program to include:

  • Tanya Tomkins
  • Joanna Blendulf
  • Annabeth Shirley
  • Adaiha MacAdam-Somer
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 20th

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. @ SU)

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 21st

CLBR Drop In – Tuesdays, GCC-A (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ Commons, 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 are happy to help you take that first step! 

Logarithms Review (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Virtual Event)

In this workshop we will tackle logarithms and review logarithm properties – and how to solve logarithm word problems and expression

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

We are so glad you are interested in joining our nature based mindfulness experiences!

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.  

SL(m) Student Colloquium: Zack Dooley, Math Senior (4:40 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. @ Physics 123)

A Categorical Introduction to Sheaf Theory –

Sheaf theory is a subject which deals with converting local solutions on a topological space into global solutions. Sheaves help us find a way to “glue” together the local solutions to a problem in order to find a global solution which still conforms to the topology of the space. Arising from complex analysis, sheaf theory has found applications across mathematics in algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, differential geometry, and even mathematical logic. In this talk I will introduce the basic ideas of category theory which will be used to discuss some of the foundational concepts in sheaf theory. We will discuss both sheaves and étale spaces and walk through the proof of their equivalence. Time permitting, we may also look at some interesting applications of sheaf theory in objects like algebraic sheaves, stacks, or topoi. No previous knowledge of category theory will be assumed.

Wednesday, February 22nd

De-Stress Fest Care Stations: Legos, Puzzles, and Games (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. @ GCC Patio)

Take some time out of your day to play games, work on a puzzle, or get creative building with legos. 

Radical Embodiment Workshop (3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. @GCC, Meeting Room A)

This Radical Embodiment Workshop combines reflection, art, discussion, and skill-building. We will explore our body narratives and cultivate awareness, empowerment, connection, and community.

As a community we will work to create a space that centers fat, disabled, BIPOC, queer and trans students, with a focus on body liberation.

Please note that this is not clinical therapy, and not intended to replace clinical therapy or treatment, but a space to explore, connect, and empower. To receive assistance connecting with a therapist and/or treatment team for body and eating-related support, please contact the HCC for resources.

This will be a four-part series so please plan on attending all four sessions. Pre-registration is required for participation in this workshop. The QR code/sign up form for this workshop has been updated. 

Greenboard Weekly Meetings (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. @ GCC, Info Shop)

Join us in the Info Shop to work on sustainability initiatives at Reed! This semester we will focus on expanding existing sustainability initiatives and putting on Canyon Day.

Reed Forum For Foreign Affairs Weekly Meetings! (6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Eliot 414)

If you want to learn more about our changing world, join us for our weekly meeting! During club meetings, we will discuss current events in foreign affairs while enjoying some tasty foods and beverages. Even if you have never been to our previous club meetings, we would be happy for you to join us!

Thursday, February 23rd

CLBR Drop In – Thursday, Student Center (11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ Student Center)

CLBR staff are available and offering advising services during their drop-in hours, Thursdays in the Student Center. If you’re looking to have your resume reviewed, want advice on grad school and fellowship applications or just don’t know how to get started in seeking for internship opportunities. Come see us!

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