Paideia 2015

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 at Reed is to take a break from the rigorous classical curriculum and spend a week learning things you always wanted to know about but never had the time for. The history of punk. The birds of Oregon. Throat-singing. Bollywood dance. Underwater basketweaving. You get the idea.

Paideia also reverses the polarity of the traditional classroom and gives students the chance to be teachers. Whether you’re a wizard on the didgeridoo, an authority on Quenya, or a crack Python programmer, Paideia is your chance to lead a class and share your expertise with your fellow students.

Paideia is an exuberant celebration of Reed’s love of learning. Attendance is voluntary. The classes carry no academic credit. Any member of the community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—can lead a class, and all are encouraged to take one. Bring your passion, your knowledge, your experience. Most important, bring your willingness to learn something new.

Public Events

Most Paideia events are intended for students, faculty, staff and alumni of Reed College. This year, public events include three shows by Dr. Demento. Admission for non-Reed community members is $5.

Dr. Demento

*All shows are rated PG-13*

Thursday, 1/22 | 8PM-10PM | VLH
Joe Hill to Michael Brown: A Century of Protest Song

Friday, 1/23 | 8PM-10PM | VLH
From Ragtime To Rap in an Hour and a Quarter

Saturday, 1/24 | 8PM-10PM | VLH
Life of Demento

WMD Fire Show

Thursday, 1/22 | 9PM–10PM | Quad

Come see your friendly neighborhood fire troupe, Weapons of Mass Distraction (WMD), perform! Reed's student-run group promises an exciting evening of fire-filled stunts performed for your viewing pleasure. There will be candy.


Questions and comments can be forwarded to the 2015 Paideia Committee members []:

Hazel Flores, ’16: Czar 2k15 |

Shiloh Guten-Gale '16: Czar 2k15 |

Swede Pearson, ’16: Czar 2k15 |

Blake Rosenthal, ’15: Czar 2k14 |

Kristin Holmberg: Director of Student Activities |

Chris Lydgate, ’90: Reed Magazine Editor |

Hyong Rhew: Professor of Chinese and Humanities |