The Reed College Quest - Ben Read

Ben Read

APR. 13, 2018 7 min read

At a faculty meeting on Monday, April 9, Chair Elizabeth Drumm announced the outline of the new Humanities 110 syllabus set to start in the fall of 2018. As a result of the course’s decennial review process, accelerated due to pressure from the activist group Reedies Against Racism (RAR) during the 2016–2017 academic year, the Hum faculty have significantly revised the curriculum to extend beyond the ancient Mediterranean in both time and space.

APR. 1, 2018 3 min read

Renn Fayre czar David James is feeling embarrassed. After overhearing a conversation in commons between two eager first years planning their devil costumes for the 2018 Renn Fayre, he realized he had made a huge mistake. On February 4 at midnight during the Glitterati Ball, James and fellow czars Brenna Intemann-Milligan, Aminta Gueye, Leensa Gheneti, and Kieran Nugent announced the theme for this year’s celebration: “Sin City.” However, after realizing the typo, the czars recently announced that the theme is supposed to be “Sim City.

MAR. 23, 2018 5 min read

On December 29, 2017, former Reed student Andrew Choi filed a lawsuit against Reed College and Mariela Szwarcberg Daby, who is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and was Choi’s thesis advisor. Choi alleges that during his time at Reed and with Szwarcberg Daby, he was the target of sexual harassment and disability discrimination at multiple points during his work as her research assistant and thesis student. The official complaints include counts of a hostile school environment in violation of Title IX, disability discrimination in violation of Title IX, negligent supervision and retention, and breach of contract against Reed College, as well as counts of breach of contract and conversion against Szwarcberg Daby.

MAR. 23, 2018 5 min read

On December 29, 2017, former Reed student Andrew Choi filed a lawsuit against Reed College and Mariela Szwarcberg Daby, who is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and was Choi’s thesis advisor. Choi alleges that during his time at Reed and with Szwarcberg Daby, he was the target of sexual harassment and disability discrimination at multiple points during his work as her research assistant and thesis student. The official complaints include counts of a hostile school environment in violation of Title IX, disability discrimination in violation of Title IX, negligent supervision and retention, and breach of contract against Reed College, as well as counts of breach of contract and conversion against Szwarcberg Daby.

FEB. 23, 2018 5 min read

“Hey you: // let’s toss our tarantellas / across the tracks. Let’s // reveal one another / bit by puckered bit. Let’s // emit this fit of heat / before we burn. // Or let’s burn.” These lines are taken from the poem “Synchronous rotation,” which appears in Professor of Creative Writing Samiya Bashir’s first collection of poems Field Theories, published in 2017 by Nightboat Books. On Tuesday, January 30, Literary Arts announced Field Theories as one of the five finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry as part of the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.

FEB. 2, 2018 2 min read

In a statement released on December 19, the Investment Committee announced that they would not be divesting from Wells Fargo. Despite student efforts, most notably the occupation of Eliot Hall organized by Reedies Against Racism that lasted almost two months, the committee cited Reed’s Investment Responsibility Policy, Mission Statement, and Operating Principles in defense of their decision, stating: “The Investment Responsibility Policy … reflects the college’s belief that endorsing such an agenda would stifle academic freedom by discouraging scholars and students with different views from teaching and studying at Reed.

FEB. 2, 2018 3 min read

In an email to the entire Reed community on Wednesday, January 31, Humanities 110 Chair Elizabeth Drumm announced that the faculty had reached a preliminary conclusion regarding the changed structure of a new Hum 110 curriculum. Starting in the fall of the 2018–2019 academic year, the syllabus will consist of four modules throughout the year with two in each semester. In the fall of 2018, the first two modules will consist of material from the current syllabus, and in the spring of 2019, the syllabus will include two new modules based in the Americas.

SEP. 8, 2017 4 min read

Last Wednesday, August 30, a federal judge issued a temporary ruling halting the implementation of Senate Bill 4 in Texas, a law that aims to punish sanctuary cities—such as San Antonio and Houston—if they do not conform to federal immigration policies and enforcement. Critics argue SB4 would enable racial profiling based on immigration status, because it also allows police to ask about the immigration status of any person during traffic stops.