The Reed College Quest - Ben Read

Ben Read

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.