The Examined Life

Mythic Journey 2018

JEXLHomepageoin CLNE and The Examined Life for an exhilarating journey that includes an online graduate course and a study tour to Greece. We will read and discuss early Greek literature and its timeless and universal importance in the education of young people. For more information, email Barbara Scotto, CLNE Liaison.

The online course runs January 6 to May 19, 2018 and the study tour is scheduled for April 13 to April 22, 2018.

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 2017. 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


With great pride, CLNE and EXL, are pleased to announce that The Examined Life will be the 2017 recipient of the Alpha Omega Council’s first Philhellene Award.

The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools

—a highly esteemed program that has a profound impact on teachers and the students they teach. Founded in 1999, The Examined Life has a national and global reach and advances the role of education in teaching such Socratic ideals as civic responsibility and democracy — central to the best in American education.

The award will be presented at the Alpha Omega Lifetime Achievement Banquet on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts.