October 15, 2020

Calamitous forces

Hurricane Maria bearing down on Puerto Rico in 2017 (PHOTO BY ANTTI LIPPONEN)
Hurricanes. Wildfires. Volcanoes. Calamity seems to be in the air these days, which is why Reed Magazine looked right into the eye of Political Science 375: Disaster Politics, taught by Prof. Paul Manson ’01. This course reviews how communities are impacted by disasters and how research and politics work to improve (or worsen) our risks and responses. Check out the syllabus that sheds light on new ideas around resilience, sustainability, and democracy.
Staying healthy: Regular COVID-19 testing is ongoing. Flu vaccine clinics for students continue. And the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) will be hosting a raffle for all MRC, PMP, and ESC students who sign up for and receive their flu shots during a designated clinic on Friday.
Each year Alumni Programs hosts the Forum for Advancing Reed (FAR), Reed’s alumni volunteer weekend. This fall, FAR is taking place virtually, and there are two sessions that may be of interest to students, faculty, and staff on Saturday: a talk by Prof. Paul Gronke in the morning and the Summer Internship Student Showcase that afternoon. RSVP required.
This year's Eddings Lecture, "Ecology and Posthuman Ethics in Indian Ocean Cultures," will be presented by Evan Mwangi on Monday at 5 p.m. PDT. Prof. Mwangi teaches English and comparative literature at Northwestern University, USA, and at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 
Prof. Jan Mieszkowski considers the "compositional philosophy" of E. B. White, children's book author and formal style guru, and how White "had mixed feelings about being anointed a master of plain prose." Whether you love or hate The Elements of Style, we wager you'll enjoy this essay.
  • Analise Kerpan, community safety officer, departs on October 18    
  • Keith Hature, community safety officer, starts on October 19
  • Brad McMurphy, maintenance supervisor, departs on October 23
  • Jess Kelly, assistant director of financial aid, departs on October 30
  • Rick Dance, custodian, retires on November 2

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