Paideia 2k20

Welcome To Paideia—Reed’s Annual Festival Of Learning!

Paideia is your chance to learn something new—and share what you know. Take over the classroom and plunge into a subject you’re passionate about, from the history of punk to the manufacture of chalk to Bollywood dance.

The Greek word Paideia (Παιδεία) is difficult to translate, but denotes education in its broadest sense. For the ancient Greeks, this included philosophy, poetry, mathematics, physics, rhetoric, gymnastics, music, and medicine. At Reed, Paideia is a weeklong festival that takes place every January when students become teachers. The festival features hundreds of hands-on workshops led by students (plus some by alumni, staff, and professors) that are open to the entire Reed community. Length and format are up to you.

When and Where

Paideia 2020 will take place from Saturday, January 18 to Sunday, January 26, 2020. Check back here in late November for schedule information.

Please note that Paideia classes are meant only for the Reed community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, with the exception of Dr. Demento shows.

How Do I Sign Up To Teach A Class?

We invite students, faculty, staff, and alumni to submit an application to teach a class during Paideia. Classes can be on any topic you can imagine.  The more variety the better. They can be fun, silly, serious, informative, and more.  We are able to fund many classes, so test it out. Apply to teach a class for Paideia 2020! Deadline for submissions is November 10.

Contact the Committee

Send questions or comments to the 2020 Paideia Committee.

Or contact individual committee members:

Hellie Smith, Czar 2k20
Nitya Vikrant, Czar 2k20
Chris Lydgate ’90, Reed Magazine
Prof. Lena Lencek [Russian]