Paideia 2021

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. 

When and Where

Paideia 2021 took place from Saturday, January 16, to Sunday, January 24, 2021. All classes were held virtually.  


The Paideia 2021 schedule of events was posted on   

How Do I Sign Up To Teach A Class?

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni were invited to submit an application to teach during Paideia. The committee accepted applications through December 5, 2021. Classes could be on any topic you can imagine. They can be fun, silly, serious, informative, and more.