The Examined Life

Mythic Journey 2019

Join CLNE and The Examined Life for an exhilarating journey that includes an online graduate course and a study tour to Greece. The online course runs from January – May 2019 and the study tour to Greece is scheduled for April 12 to April 21, 2019. . A noted children’s author or illustrator will accompany the Study Tour as writer-in-residence in addition to Gregory Maguire, noted author of Wicked, Egg and Spoon and Hiddensee.

From the crowning glory of the architecturally perfect Parthenon atop Athens Acropolis to the shining Aegean Sea, along the way we plan to visit Olympia, the Oracle at Delphi, Mycenae, the ancient theater at Epidauros, the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies at Nafplion, and the Minoan excavations on the island of Santorini — a breathtaking pilgrimage that includes seminars, writing or art workshops, poetry readings and much much more.

An extension will also be offered the week following the Study Tour — destination to be determined. In past years, we have visited Mykonos and Delos, a culinary experience on the island of Evia, the island of Rhodes, and last year we toured Corfu, the setting for the Durrell family adventures.

A limited number of $1,000 stipends remain to be awarded on a first come, first served basis to teachers K-12, new to The Examined Life program. For more information, please check the requirements.

Click here for complete details on The Examined Life website.

Email Barbara Scotto, CLNE Liaison, for more information.

A Letter from a CLNE Fellow

Dear friends.

If you crave meaningful conversations with educators, authors, illustrators and librarians who are passionate about children’s literature, and would be interested in pursuing those conversations while exploring one of the most beautiful places on Earth, there could be a chair waiting for you in THE EXAMINED LIFE one-semester graduate course.

I occupied one of those chairs this winter and embarked on an online odyssey through Greek history and literature with internationally renowned scholars from Harvard University, Brandeis University, Boston University, UMass/Boston, and Wellesley College. The webinars led to lively discussions with fellow students in the program’s internet forum.

Our coursework culminated in a physical journey to the land of Odysseus and Orestes, Agamemnon and Alexander, Helen and Hera, Antigone and Aphrodite, Medea and Medusa, Socrates and Scylla, Python and Plato, and all the other personages we studied for a semester that have been peopling mankind’s imagination for millennia. Guided by the incredibly knowledgeable and outrageously fun Mara Kanari, it was truly the trip of a lifetime.

So, if eye-opening academics and world-class travel in the company of people dedicated to improving children’s understanding—whether through crafting curriculum or creating books— appeals, I invite you to look at some highlights from this year’s study trip below, and to learn more about the program in the link provided here:

You may sign up online for the course, which begins in January 2019. Stipends are available upon application, but they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay. Feel free to pass this document on to any colleagues who might be interested and to contact me with any questions you may have.

Ellen Reagan, 2016 Greek Fellow

Online Course

GO_laptopTHE EXAMINED LIFE  provides an exciting journey to ancient (and modern) Greece through the eyes of world-class scholars and literature specialists. History, literature, philosophy, art, culture, government, and politics are explored in lectures and readings that include The Iliad and The Odyssey; the tragedies of Euripides, Sophocles and Aeschylus; the comedies of Aristophanes; the writings of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Plato. Lecturers take up several themes in the literature including democracy and the obligations of citizenship; war and peace; anger and reconciliation; the meaning of life, and the ideal of heroism. The program highlights video lectures as well as several webinars (live online talks by children’s literature specialists and classical scholars) exploring the mythology, history and culture of Greece and other cultures as it has been used by writers and artists in their creation of classic works of literature for adults as well as books for children and young adults.charioteer

The online course starts January 2019 and the study tour is scheduled for April 12-21, 2019.