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1950–59

Warm Springs, Cold War

Reed’s Warm Springs Project forms at the center of a close-knit, intellectually vibrant community of students and faculty members interested in anthropology and linguistics. Organized by anthropology professor David French ’39 and his colleague and wife, Kathrine S. (Kay) French, the program of summer field research brings a series of Reed students, including Dell Hymes and Gary Snyder, to live and work on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon between 1950 and 1956.

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Reed undergoes a severe upheaval when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee investigates three of its faculty members for alleged Communist activities, sparking a local controversy over academic freedom. President Duncan Ballantine’s ultimate dismissal of a faculty member under investigation creates a schism so profound that Ballantine resigns.

Equanimity begins to be restored with the appointment of Richard H. Sullivan as president in 1956. Underscoring Reed’s unique identity, Sullivan aims to bolster Reed’s reputation as one of the country’s foremost undergraduate institutions. Every effort is made to support the faculty’s high standards for student admission and teaching performance, and Reed’s science curriculum and supporting facilities are rapidly expanded as the Cold War intensifies with Russia’s launch of Sputnik in 1957. Faculty salaries are improved, partly through a Ford Foundation grant that also supports the construction of new facilities, and the college’s first faculty sabbaticals and summer research stipends are instituted. The biology building is built, along with residence halls that break ground for the first time in the sector north of the canyon.

Reed’s annual productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas expand into a regular summer festival in Portland, and Reed’s notoriously low-wattage radio station, KRRC, begins its iconoclastic broadcasts with strictly classical music.

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