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!

Upcoming Events

Foster-Scholz Club Virtual Talk with Prof. Derek Applewhite

April 6, 3 p.m. PST
Join the Foster-Scholz Club for a virtual talk with Associate Professor of Biology Derek Applewhite where he will illuminate the revolutionary advances in the field of biology made possible by cell imaging and microscopy. He will also discuss the way he incorporates these techniques in his lessons with students and his research. Register and learn more.

Reconnect with Reed and the intellectual exploration that happens in its classrooms! Reed Remote Talks is a series of virtual seminars hosted by Alumni Programs. We feature Reed alumni and faculty who are excelling in their careers to share their knowledge and experience in an array of thought-provoking topics.

Talks are being planned for March–June. Please check back for schedule updates.

Past recordings of Reed Remote Talks can be found here.

Virtual Activities

Alumni Xenia 2021: It's About Timê

January 11–February 7, 2021
So many Reedies have responded to the pandemic by actively looking for creative, physically distant means of helping others. The Greeks called this Xenia – a sacred rule of hospitality and generosity toward others, particularly strangers. The response from alumni was overwhelming. Reedies are doing great things in the world. Check out the photo board here!

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. Sign up today.

Reedie-Owned Businesses

Always, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider supporting businesses owned by fellow alumni. There are hundreds of Reedie-owned businesses all over the globe to explore in our directory–Reedie ingenuity spans markets and continents. Restaurants, bookstores, acupuncturists, dog trainers, Jiu-Jitsu schools, consultants, and slipper manufacturers are just the beginning.

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. Order your copy (they'll disappear like the brisket at Renn Fayre Feast).

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 and supervised by Nate Martin ’16, Center for Life Beyond Reed. 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.

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!

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.

Recordings and Videos

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.

Careers in the Creative Arts Panel Recording

Careers in the Creative Arts Panel was a virtual panel hosted on November 19, 2020, by the Reed Career Alliance. Four Reedie artists shared what they are doing in the creative arts, how they got there, and what they wish they had known at the beginning of their careers.

Reed in the World: Discussion about Working Internationally Recording

Reed in the World: A Panel Discussion about Working Internationally was a virtual panel hosted on October 18, 2020 by the Reed Career Alliance featuring alumni working all over the world and discussed how the Reed liberal arts education remains relevant as globalization faces new economic and geopolitical challenges.

Reedpreneurs In The Pandemic Era Recording

Reedpreneurs in the Pandemic Era was a virtual panel hosted on June 20, 2020, by the Reed Career Alliance 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.

Reed Campus Architecture Video

Paul Edison Lahm ’83 has released part one of his video architecture tour of campus! Paul has led in-person tours for alumni, parents, and at Paideia for years, and while it’s not quite the same as touching and standing in front of the buildings and thinking about their materials, design, and history, Paul’s video makes a lot of historical connections and contributes to a better understanding of the larger narrative of the college. Watch Paul's video here .

Looking for something to read or watch from the Archives?

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.