$6 Million Gift to University of Pennsylvania Is All About 'Paideia' Program Focused on Wellness, Service and Citizenship - NBC 10 Philadelphia

$6 Million Gift to University of Pennsylvania Is All About 'Paideia' Program Focused on Wellness, Service and Citizenship

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program is aimed at channeling the meaning of the ancient Greek word paideia, or 'education of the whole person' and 'educating citizens,' Upenn says

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    A $6 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania will establish an undergraduate program focused on wellness, service and citizenship, the school announced Thursday.

    The Ivy League institution said the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program is aimed at channeling the meaning of the ancient Greek word paideia, or "education of the whole person" and "educating citizens."

    Starting as a five-year program, Paideia will begin in the the fall and include a dozen new interdisciplinary courses related to civil discourse and "the role of dialogue across divides," Penn President Amy Gutmann said in a statement. Students can pair new courses, taught by faculty from each of Penn's 12 schools, with existing courses and co-curricular activities curated by the program. A select group of Paideia Fellows will go through a more structured program.

    For the full report on Penn's Paideia program, click here.

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