The University of Pennsylvania has announced a $6 million gift to launch the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program for undergraduate students.
Known as “Paideia” for short, the program will reimagine the ancient Greek ideal of “paideia” — which translates into “education of the whole person” and “educating citizens” — for the 21st century and beyond, with courses focusing on wellness, service and citizenship.
Beginning in fall 2019, the program will emphasize informed civil discourse and deliberation by encouraging participants to engage productively across ideological divides.
UPenn will begin Paideia as a five-year pilot program, building on and collaborating with existing programs and organizations on the university’s campus. The program will incorporate 12 new courses as well as already existing courses taught by leading UPenn faculty.