Alumni Programs

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Alumni Programs creates and sustains lifelong relationships between Reedies of all ages across the globe. We are pleased to offer a variety of programs to facilitate meaningful connections no matter where you live or on what couch you’re sitting. Stretch the muscles of your mind and engage with Reedies young and olde. Welcome to Reed Remote.

Have ideas for more virtual connections? Want to host a virtual event? Drop us a line!

Virtual Events and Learning

Reconnect with Reed and the intellectual exploration that happens in its classrooms! Reed Remote Talks is a series of free virtual seminars hosted by Alumni Programs featuring Reed alumni presenting an array of thought-provoking topics within their current area of professional expertise.

Upcoming talks include:

September 30 at 4 p.m. PDT: Pamela Ronald ’82, who played a major role in the development of climate-resilient rice gives the talk “Improving Food Security for the World’s Poorest Farmers: Plant Genetics and the Future of Food”. Read more details and register here.

Past recordings of Reed Remote talks can be found here.

Virtual Activities and Recordings

Reed Alumni Cookbook

Bon Appétit and NYT Cooking not doing it for you anymore? Longing to reconnect with Reed, but also longing for a tasty snack? You're in luck! Alumni Programs is publishing a Reedie cookbook, filled with delectable memories of days gone by provided by members of the alumni community. Need further incentive to grab a limited-edition copy? Rumor has it the cookbook also contains the secrets of Westwind and Meat Smoke culinary glory.  Pre-order your copy by August 31st (they'll disappear like the brisket at Renn Fayre Feast).

Virtual Book Club

Join the new Reed Remote Book Club covering a range of books on the Senior Symposium syllabus. Through an online, private, and moderated discussion forum you can read and contribute your thoughts to the group on your own schedule. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. Our next group begins mid-August, 2020 (but you can join at any time) and we will be reading How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. Sign up today.

Burn Your Draft Podcast

Burn Your Draft is a series of interviews conducted by host and producer, student Frank Tangherlini ’22, with help from Reed College alumnus Seth Paskin ’90. Throughout the year interviews will be conducted that explore and pick apart the senior thesis process. Each episode listeners will hear from a different Reed College alum or current student on their process, their topic, and what they’ve learned from the process. Burn Your Draft is a joint production of Reed College students, alumni, and staff and launched August 31, 2020. Listen here.

Virtual Scriptorium

Missing your weekly foray into the focus and calm of calligraphy? Scriptorium alumna Jade Novarino ’16 hosts a weekly, contemplative two-hour scribe-in online Mondays from 2–4pm. Email with questions and for access to the Zoom link. The Berkeley Scriptorium, run by Naima Karczmar ’17, Liv Veazey ’18, and Oona Sullivan-Marcus ’19, are meeting every Saturday 12-2 PST through Zoom for a virtual Scriptorium. All are welcome. Email with questions and for access to the Zoom link.

You can also watch a series of Lloyd Reynolds’ lectures on the Reed College Heritage of Calligraphy website. This series follows Reynolds' book Italic Handwriting and Calligraphy and provides an excellent introduction to Reynolds and his work.

Finally, Gregory MacNaughton ’89, who directs Reed’s Scriptorium, makes the following generous offer to alumni calligraphers: “If you want me to see your work, critique your work, or just stay in touch, write me a letter. I'll be the best pen pal you've ever had.” Email to begin your Scriptorium correspondence.

Reedie-Owned Businesses

Always, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider supporting businesses owned by fellow alumni. This project is a work in progress, starting with businesses that are operating in some capacity during the pandemic.

Virtual Alumni College Recordings

Democracy 2020: Mechanics, Opportunities, and Perils
June 12–14, 2020 we explored the fundamentals of democracy alongside other Reedies at Alumni College, delivered virtually. Watch the recordings of Reed-educated professors and other leaders in their fields discuss the intricacies of American government through lectures and interactive exercises.

Reedpreneurs In The Pandemic Era Recording

Reedpreneurs in the Pandemic Era was a virtual panel hosted on June 20, 2020, featuring Reed alumni discussing the challenges and opportunities of business and entrepreneurship during the pandemic and beyond. Joining from across the world, alumni panelists were business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs who shared their first-hand experiences. They cut a broad swath of Reed majors, businesses small and large, and experience in a variety of sectors.

Humanities 110 Lecture Series Recordings

You can now watch a selection of the Hum 110 lectures that were recorded by Reed faculty in spring 2020. More lectures will be added as they become available.

Alumni Photo Albums

Is your Instagram feed just not doing it for you anymore? Check out Reed’s alumni photo albums, which guarantee hours of browsing pleasure. Find your friends, revisit the canyon, or take a look at the reactor you were too much of a humanities major to visit when you were enrolled. And, upload your own photos of all things Reed to share with the Reed community!

Looking for something to read or watch?

We have a great list of recommendations from Foster-Scholz Club Chair and Special Collections Librarian Gay Walker ’69 [2002–2017] for hours of entertainment.

From the Archives

Digital Thesis Tower
Digital Archives

Special Collections

Gay's Curated Collection

Copies of The Griffin (1915-1965)
A Different Drummer (year unknown)

Doyle Owl Video

Mr. Mac Goes to College (1984)
Old Reed Films

Silent film (1942)
Spider God (1969)
Reed College (1982) (“The Nike Film”)

Reed swimming hole (1920)


"Puzzled Corner” Trivia and Crosswords

And, don't forget old copies of Reed Magazine articles. While you're at it peruse current Reed Magazine articles too!
May 1981
Nov 1994
Nov 2002
Summer 2007


Reed College Social Media Sites

Virtual Backgrounds

Spending lots of time on Zoom, but wishing you were on campus with the cherry and magnolia blossoms or strolling through the canyon? Make that dream a (virtual) reality! Download Reed virtual backgrounds.

Coloring Book Pages

Campus is quiet enough that the unicorns have come out! Here are two coloring book images to download and color at home.

Blue bridge

Career Resources during COVID-19

Find yourself needing career help during this time? Please check out career resources for alumni here.