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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, medicine, and many other disciplines.

The animating idea behind Paideia is to take a break from Reed's rigorous curriculum and spend a week learning things you always wanted to know about but never had the time for, be it the history of punk, the birds of Oregon, throat-singing, Bollywood dance, underwater basketweaving—you name it!

Classes are led by students, alumni, staff, and professors, and are open to the entire Reed community. Length and format are up to you. We've seen classes range from hourlong presentations to afternoon excursions to multi-day workshops.

Course Applications

We invite students, faculty and staff 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.  Applications are due November 7, 2018.

Schedule Information

Paideia 2019 will take place January 19-27. 

Paideia is powered by Guidebook, the app some of you may remember from Orientation. Information will continue to be updated as Paideia gets closer, so make sure to keep an eye on times and locations!
Please note that, with the exception of Dr. Demento shows, Paideia classes are meant only for the Reed community including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
There are two ways to use Guidebook after the schedule goes live:
1. Through the app: Search your app store for Reed College and then select the "Guide to Reed" or use this link to receive a text. 
2. Through the web: Use the Guidebook website to view contents of the app on your browser. Note: The website has less functionality than the app. 

Contact the Committee

Send questions or comments to the 2019 Paideia Committee at (

Or contact individual committee members: