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Return to the classroom for a series of inspiring lectures by internationally known scholars, and take an unforgettable study tour to Greece. The legacy of ancient Greece—its central hold on the imagination—is rendered anew in ExL/GreeceOnline, a groundbreaking professional program for educators, aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of ancient Greece and strengthening the teaching of Greece in the schools.
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2018 Examined Life Program and GreeceOnline Graduate Course
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The program, in all aspects, is a
profound intellectual and personal experience.

— Bob McCarthy, Greek Study Fellow

Apply for the 2018 GreeceOnline Program

For a full description of The Examined Life program, the GreeceOnline graduate course and its requirements, and all associated costs and fees, please read the entire page below.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kemper, ExL administrative associate, at

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About the ExL Program and the GreeceOnline Graduate Course

The Examined Life/GreeceOnline is an online graduate humanities program, developed by The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools (ExL). The program includes a course of study featuring webinars, videotaped lectures, and a study tour of Greece. Participants are named Greek Study Fellows and become members of a Leadership Corps of Fellows that numbers in the hundreds.

The Examined Life is the best kind of
teacher development...It is ultimately my students
who gain the most.

— Cathy O'Flaherty, Greek Study Fellow

ExL/GreeceOnline is open to educators, school and public librarians, museum specialists, authors, illustrators, publishers, and editors, and all those working with young people, as well as individuals committed to the program’s mission to strengthen Greek studies in the schools and to raise public consciousness and knowledge of ancient (and modern) Greece. ExL/GreeceOnline provides a time for reflection and renewal, and a time to explore the quality of our own lives and the legacy we choose to leave to our children.

ExL/GreeceOnline provides an exciting journey to ancient (and modern) Greece through the eyes of world-class scholars. Literature, history, 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. In addition, the influence of ancient Greece is examined in modern renderings of myth and epic by such modern writers and illustrators as Barbara Cooney, Warwick Hutton, Rosemary Sutcliff, Padraic Colum, Adele Geras. 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, the ideal of heroism.

2018 Highlights

The Examined Life welcomes the collaboration of Children’s Literature New England, Inc. ExL and CLNE are brought together by their common vision and mission to raise public consciousness and knowledge of subjects vital to the survival of a humane and literate society.

American Farm School
In 2018, we will continue our support for AFS’s Eva Kanellis and students in their "bookmobile library project" to provide books to children and young adults in Greek refugee camps.

Delphi, Olympia, Marathon
Visits include Delphi, site of the Oracle of Apollo on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus; Olympia, site of first Olympic Games in 779 BCE; and Marathon, site of a 490 BCE battle that changed the course of western civilization and also became the catalyst for modern day marathons; and hopefully Santorini, an island of great natural beauty and impressive Minoan ruins.

American Luminaries
Nicole Griffin, author of the Smashie McPerter series of children's books and The Whole Stupid Way We Are, a novel for young adults, will be our 2018 Writer-in-Residence.

Mary Lefkowitz, winner of the 2006 National Humanities Medal and one of the best known and most highly regarded classical scholars in the nation, will lead a webinar as well as Loren Samons, Boston University Professor, and Tony Vrame, Director of Religious Education at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, among others.

In Athens, the group will meet with members of the International Board on Books for Young People, including Vagelis Iliopoulos, author of the best-selling Triangle-Fish books; Eva Kaliskami, IBBY/Greece liaison, educator, and member of the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Committee; and Vasso Nika, President, IBBY/Greece.

2018 Schedule

The schedule includes videotaped lectures (videos), live online lectures (webinars), and a study tour of Greece. . Webinars are scheduled for some Saturdays, 11AM - 1PM. Videos are released in one or two-week intervals to be viewed at your convenience.

Dates Topics Lecturers

Optional videos available on request:

Noncredit/Credit Expectations

Noncredit Participants must . . .

  • Be present at all webinars
  • Write and post an introduction of himself or herself online
  • At a minimum, read Greek Gods, Human Lives, The Iliad (Books 1-12), The Odyssey, and Agamemnon
  • View several of the assigned videos
  • Start a topic on the discussion board a minimum of three times, and respond to someone else a minimum of three times.

PDP and/or CEU Participants — 45 PDPS 3 CEUS — must . . .

  • Be present and actively participate in all webinars
  • Write and post an introduction of himself or herself online
  • Do the assigned reading each week
  • View all assigned videos
  • Start a topic and on the discussion board every session and respond to another participant every session
  • Create a video with narration related to your teaching or another project approved by the professor.

Graduate Credit Participants — 3 credits must . . .

  • Take the GreeceOnline graduate course — Jan. 6 - May 19, 2018
  • Be present and actively participate in all webinars
  • Write and post an introduction of himself or herself online
  • Complete all required reading
  • View all assigned videos
  • Start a topic on the discussion board every session and respond to someone else's topic every session
  • Travel to Greece on the study tour — April 13-22, 2018
  • Develop a study guide/unit for classroom use


Application Fee $275 (nonrefundable)

Massachusetts Professional Development Points (PDPs) as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to noncredit students who complete the program. Noncredit students will not receive a grade.

Graduate Credit for GreeceOnline $225

3 graduate credits will be awarded by Framingham State University. Students taking GreeceOnline for credit will receive a grade. This fee is payable to Framingham State University (details forthcoming).

Study Tour — $2,950 (approx air and land costs)

Land Portion - Approximately $1950
(Will be paid to designated ExL travel company)

The land portion cost includes accommodations, travel in Greece, most meals, museum and site fees, Greek tour guide, artist-in-residence, informal discussions, optional meetings with members of IBBY/Greece (International Board on Books for Young People, K-12), possible visit to studio home of prominent Greek artist.

Air Portion - Approximately $1,000

Participants must book and pay for their own roundtrip flights (guidance and suggestions will be provided). Schedule calls for joining the group on April 13, 2018 in Athens.

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Please complete and submit the application form. Each registrant will receive a prompt registration confirmation and letter of welcome to the program as a Greek Study Fellow. In ExL/GreeceOnline, ExL strives to create a sense of community and commonality in its efforts to strengthen Greek Studies in the schools and to raise public consciousness and knowledge of the importance of Greek ideas and achievements to the very fabric of American life.

Further Information
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Study Tour — The Study Tour is optional but highly recommended.

As a distance learner and Greek Study Fellow, you are eligible to join the 2018 Study Tour to Greece (see GoogleMap of 2011 Tour as a sample, courtesy Don Lloyd, 2011 ExL Fellow), 1 week, April 13-22 (approximate 2017 cost $2,950). Sites derive from program readings and lectures. See the rugged landscape, precipitous mountains, amazing light, and the architecturally splendid Parthenon in Athens. Visit sites such as Sounion, Corinth, Nauplion, Mycenae, Epidauros, Olympia, and Delphi—a breathtaking pilgrimage that includes seminars and poetry. Click here for a sample itinerary.


Required Reading
The following readings are required of all participants:

  • Greek Gods and Human Lives (Lefkowitz)
  • The Iliad, Bks 1-12 (Homeric epic)
  • The Odyssey (Homeric epic)
  • Tragedy - Agamemnon (Aeschylus)
  • Women in Antiquity – Antigone (Sophocles)

In addition, those participants who are taking the course for graduate credit, PDPs or CEUs will need to complete the following readings before viewing each lecture:

  • The Iliad, Bks 12 - 24 (Homeric epic)
  • TragedyOresteia: Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides (Aeschylus), Electra (Sophocles), and Electra (Euripides)
  • Women in Antiquity Medea (Euripides)
  • PhilosophyApology and Crito (Plato)
  • Comedy and DemocracyAcharnians, Lysistrata, Clouds (Aristophanes)
  • Inventors of HistoryHerodotus: The Histories (selected readings) and The History of the Peloponessian War (Thucydides) (selected readings)

Run times vary between approx. 1.5 - 2.5 hours per video.

Introduction and Overview, runtime: 56 minutes
In a slide-lecture, Professor Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, ExL program humanist and Chair of the Brandeis University Classics Department, demonstrates interconnections between ancient Greek material culture (painting, architecture, sculpture) and the literary tradition (oral and written). She considers how the cultural ideals set forth in the Homeric tradition, The Iliad and The Odyssey, and in Athenian tragedy had a far-reaching impact on many aspects of Greek (particularly Athenian) life and art. The discussion considers the power of art in ancient and modern society and asks what exactly a “text” is to us and to the ancient Greeks.

The Iliad, runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes
Professor Leonard Muellner, Department of Classics, Brandeis University, lectures on how to read The Iliad, how not to read it, and what is in it, including friendship, anger, and the meaning of life. Professor Muellner also talks about what Achilles himself learns and what he teaches us. The discussion considers comparisons between our Judeo-Christian world view and that of the pagan world.

The Odyssey, runtime: 2 hours 33 minutes
Professor Nagy introduces some of the complexities of the epic poem, and selects a passage for close reading and discussion. Odysseus’ fantastic journey home (‘nostos’) and the struggle he faces when he reaches home raises questions about the meaning of “home,” growing up and leaving home, our inherent need ultimately to return home, and what life is like when one is truly home-less.

Tragedy, runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
Eirene Visvardi, Assistant Professor of Classics, Weslyan University and 08-09 Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Ancient Greek Theater, Brandeis University, pursues the interplay between ancient Athenian drama and religion in plays by the Athenian tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Dr. Visvardi’s discussion considers such questions as What was the experience of going to the theater in Athens? How do the three Athenian playwrights vary the story of the House of Atreus? What are the literary techniques of all three? What do we today hope to get from our theatrical entertainment? Is our “worship” of movie stars different from Greek hero worship? If so, How?

Women of Antiquity, runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes
In her lecture, Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, tackles the contention that the Greeks were notoriously harsh in their treatment of women. Discussion centers on Sophocles’ Antigone and Euripides’ Medea. In a slide-presentation, Professor Lefkowitz discusses the contributions of women in ancient Greek society and asks how myths inform ancient reality and perceptions about women in today’s society.

Hecuba, runtime: 37 minutes
Helene Foley, Professor of Classics, Barnard College, explores the recent renewal of interest in Euripides’ play Hecuba, a drama that takes place in the aftermath of the Trojan War and focuses on the impact of devastating losses on Hecuba, the once-powerful queen of Troy.

Comedy and Democracy, runtime: 2 hours
Professor Kenneth Rothwell, Chair, Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, explores Athenian comedy through the works of Aristophanes, including the Archarnians, Lysistrata, and the Clouds. He discusses the concept of comedy, the likenesses and differences between ancient and modern comedy, the politics reflected in the comedies, and the nature of the Athenian democracy compared to our own.

The Inventors of History, runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
Professor Cheryl Walker, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University, introduces us to an overview of Greek history. Through selected passages from the works of Herodotus and Thucydides, Greek historians, she explores the invention of history. Professor Walker asks such questions as Who were the Greeks? What is worthy of the historical record? How can we judge historical accuracy? Who are history makers today and in the ancient Greek city-state?

Philosophy, runtime: 1 hour 17 minutes
Professor Andreas Teuber, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Brandeis University, guides Fellows through Plato’s Apology and Crito with several fascinating questions: Why did the Athenian democracy condemn Socrates, its most famous citizen, to death? What did Socrates say or do that prompted the charges against him in the first place? What was the relationship between Socrates and Plato and their philosophies? Professor Teuber asks how Socrates’ views in the Crito and the Apology can be reconciled. In the Crito, Socrates seems to say that a citizen must always obey the laws of the city, no matter what it commands, but in the Apology, he seems to leave room for justified disobedience. What are Socrates’ arguments in the Crito for a citizen’s obligation to obey? Are his arguments still applicable today?

Greek Influence on Modern Poetry, runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
As an award-winning poet and translator of the poetry of Odysseus Elytis, Professor Olga Broumas, Writer-in-Residence and Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University, shares her perceptions of the winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature. She reads from the works of Odysseus Elytis and Constantine Cavafy, Alexandrian Greek poet, among others, and talks about the demands of translation and factors that inform modern Greek poetry.

Greek Influence on Modern Theater, runtime: 1 hour
Judith Malone-Neville, PhD, independent scholar, and ExL program administrator, takes up the influence of the ancient Greeks on Eugene O’Neill in Mourning Becomes Electra, and other modern texts strongly influenced by the quest for “the examined life." She discusses the impact of ancient Greek literature on modern literature, in particular Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy and the three plays of O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra.


Olga Broumas
MFA (University of Oregon)
Olga Broumas, award-winning poet and critic, is professor of the Practice of English and American Literature at Brandeis University where she directs the creative writing program. Her books include Pastoral Jazz; Perpetual; and, with T.Begley, Sappho’s Gymnasium. She is the translator of poems by modern Greek Nobel prize-winning poet Odysseus Elytis, including Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected and Last Poems and What I Love: Selected Translations of Odysseus Elytis.

Ashley Bryan
(Cooper Union, Columbia University)
Professor Emeritus of Art and Visual Studies at Dartmouth College and reteller and illustrator of numerous African-American and West Indian folktales, Ashley Bryan’s books include Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum; Dancing Granny; African Tales, Uh-Huh; Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales; and Walk Together Children, a Collection of Spirituals. He is the recipient of such prestigious awards as the 2012 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement; and the 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. Most recently, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Southern Maine, for “contributions to the fields of art, education, the African-American cultural experience, and enrichment of American culture.”

Helene Foley
PhD (Harvard University)
Helene Foley is professor of Classics at Barnard College. She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides (Cornell 1985); and co-editor of Visualizing the Tragic (Oxford 2007). Her primary research concerns are Greek epic, tragedy, and comedy, and women and gender in antiquity. She is also interested in the reception of classical drama in antiquity and today. In 1998, Professor Foley served as president of the American Philological Association and in spring 2008, she was the Sather Professor of Classics at Berkeley.

Gareth Hinds
BFA (Parsons School of Design)
Gareth Hinds is a reteller and illustrator of several graphic novels, including such classics as The Odyssey, Beowulf, and King Lear. His latest graphic novel, Romeo and Juliet, will be released in October 2013.He attended the Parsons School of Design where he won departmental and academic honors, and Rochester Institute of Technology. His works have been exhibited at the New York Historical Society, Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, and Juried Drawing Show, Gallery FX in Massachusetts, among others. He has done freelance illustration for the Somerville Arts Council, Game Developer Magazine, Orion Magazine, and the Weekly Dig. Mr. Hinds has had over ten years of experience in the video game industry and has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Most recently, he illustrated Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words of Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology, written by Lise Lunge Larsen. He was honored as the 2013 CLNE artist-in-residence in The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the School program. His website is

Kathleen T. Horning
MA (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
Kathleen T. Horning directs the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, the quintessential guide for anyone interested in the field of children's literature. She has served as president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association (ALA), and is also a past president of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). She has chaired many book award committees including the 1995 Newbery Committee and the Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee, selecting U.S. nominees for the international award in 1992. She has served as a member on many other award committees as well. KT is a longtime friend of Children's Literature New England where she has often presented outstanding programs on a variety of topics.

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow
PhD (University of Michigan)
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow is Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, Latin, and ancient literature in translation. She is the winner of several teaching awards and the author of the forthcoming Pompeii and Herculaneum: Roman Daily Life in the Shadow of Vesuvius (Cambridge University Press, 2009); The Sarno Bath Complex: Architecture in Pompeii's Last Years (Rome,1990); and co-editor with Claire Lyons of Naked Truths: Women, Sexuality, and Gender (Routledge 1997); she is also the author of reviews and articles on a variety of topics in Greek and Roman social history and archaeology.

Mary Lefkowitz
PhD (Radcliffe College)
Mary Lefkowitz is Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at Wellesley College. She holds honorary degrees from Trinity College/Hartford (1996), the University of Patras in Greece (1999), and Grinnell College (2000). She is the recipient of a 2006 National Humanities Medal for her distinguished work in helping the nation understand the importance of the humanities in American life. Her books include Greek Gods, Human Lives (Yale 2003, pb 2005) and Women in Greek Myth (Johns Hopkins 1990); her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic and The New York Review of Books.

Joanna Rudge Long
MA (Rutgers University)
Joanna Rudge Long is a principal reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine and former editor of Kirkus Reviews. She is a frequent lecturer on topics in children’s literature and has been a core lecturer at several Children’s Literature New England conferences, including Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Play in Children’s Books (Newnham College, Cambridge University), Pathfinders (Radcliffe College, Harvard University), and The Green Prehuman Earth at Silver Bay, New York. She holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Rutgers University and has served as a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, among other libraries; she has taught children’s literature at Rutgers University and Trenton State College and has served on many award committees, including the Newbery and Caldecott committees. Joanna is on the advisory board of the Children’s Literacy Foundation and lives in Pomfret, Vermont.

Gregory Maguire
PhD (Tufts University)
Gregory Maguire’s works include adult novels and children's stories that derive from existing tales and legends: Wicked from The Wizard of Oz, Matchless from "The Little Match Girl," Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister from the story of Cinderella, among others. In CHAMBERS OF THE SUN: A NOVELIST’S REFLECTIONS ON MYTH, a webinar hosted by The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools, he considered his own experience writing in the light---and in the shadow----of the great story cycles and myths that constitute one of the most lasting testimonies of ancient human wisdom and wonder. Gregory Maguire holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Tufts University and an honorary degree from the State University of New York in Albany. His teaching experience includes young children and university graduate students. He is a founding board member and codirector emeritus of Children’s Literature New England; and the recipient of several awards, among them artist-in-residence at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and fellowship residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Hambridge Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He is an honorary board member of The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools.

Judith Malone-Neville
PhD (Brandeis University)
Judith Malone-Neville has taught on both secondary and university levels. A former housemaster at Newton South High School and assistant superintendent of schools in Newton, MA, she serves as a program administrator on the ExL Board and lecturer in the ExL program. Dr. Malone-Neville makes frequent presentations to parent and professional audiences on a broad range of educational topics, including educational administration and the professional development of teachers.

Leonard Muellner
PhD (Harvard University)
Leonard Muellner is Professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University, where he teaches Greek and Latin language and literature. He served for several years as chair of the Brandeis Classics Department. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the author of The Anger of Achilles: Menis in Greek Epic (2004), and The Meaning of Homeric EYXOMAI through its Formulas (Innsbruck, 1976, second edition forthcoming).

Gregory Nagy
PhD (Harvard University)
Gregory Nagy is Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and he is the director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry (1979,1999) and Greek Mythology and Poetics (1990), among other books, and over 100 articles. He coedited with Stephen Mitchell the 40th anniversary edition of Albert Lord’s The Singer of Tales (2000). His interests include integrating archaic Greek literature and oral poetics (special research interests) with teaching in a course for Harvard’s Core Curriculum, “The Concept of the Hero in Greek Civilization.”

Kenneth Sprague Rothwell.
PhD (Columbia University)
Kenneth Sprague Rothwell is Associate Professor and Chair of the Classics Department, University of Massachusetts/Boston. He teaches courses in Greek Comedy, Greek Vase-Painting, and Athenian Democracy. He is the author of Politics and Persuasion in Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae (1990) and most recently Nature, Culture, and the Origins of Greek Comedy: A Study of Animal Choruses (2006).

Suzanne Fisher Staples
BA (Cedar Crest College)
Suzanne Fisher Staples is the author of eight books for children and young adults including Dangerous Skies and Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. Her works have garnered numerous awards and have frequently been included on the IRA list of Books for a Global Society. She worked for many years for the news organization UPI in Hong Kong and New Delhi where she was the Bureau Chief. She is a frequent lecturer, one of the founders of The Gathering, a literature conference based at Keystone College in Pennsylvania, and a board member of Children's Literature New England.

Andreas Teuber
PhD (Harvard University)
Andreas Teuber is Chair of the Philosophy Department and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University. He is the recipient of several honors, among them, a Fullbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served as a Member and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and has received a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship. He is the founder of the New Poets’ Theater and its artistic director from 1987-1995. He also founded the Cambridge Theater Company. He is the author of many articles in philosophy, politics, and law.

Theo Theoharis
PhD (University of California/Berkeley)
Professor Theoharis has taught at the University of California/Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University where he currently serves as an Associate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Highly respected and popular with students, he has won several awards for excellence in teaching. He has lectured throughout Europe and the United States. His books include James Joyce’s Ulysses: An Anatomy of the Soul; Ibsen’s Drama: Right Action and Tragic Joy; and most recently Before Time Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy. For several years he edited The Boston Book Review and his work has appeared in many scholarly and literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has led outstanding webinars for The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools on such topics as the narrative art of the Homeric epics and perceptions of Socrates.

Eirene Visvardi
PhD (Stanford University)
Eirene Visvardi is Assistant Professor of Classics at Wesleyan University and 2007-2009 Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Classical Studies and Theater Arts at Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, Professor Visvardi taught such courses as The Performance and Politics of Greek Tragedy: Gender and the Emotions; The Greeks and Their Dances; and Euripides’ Hecuba in Performance. With Leonard Muellner, she translated Euripides’ Hecuba which was adapted for the stage by Prof. Visvardi and Eric Hill and produced in April 2009 at Brandeis’ Spingold Theater.

Cheryl L. Walker
PhD (University of North Carolina)
Cheryl L. Walker is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. Her expertise is Roman and Greek history. In the ExL program she lectures on Greek historians Herodotus and Thucydides. Her publications include Hostages in Republican Rome (online at, the first online publication of Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies.

JIll Paton Walsh
MA (St. Anne’s College, Oxford University)
Jill Paton Walsh is a distinguished British author and lecturer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and winner of the prestigious British CBE Award for her impressive contributions to literature. Several of Jill Paton Walsh’s novels and stories are inspired by Greek history, including Farewell Great King and Children of the Fox. Her novels for adults include Lapsing, A Desert in Bohemia, and Knowledge of Angels, shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. She won high praise for Thrones, Dominations, her completion of an abandoned Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey novel, and also her continuations, A Presumption of Death and The Attenbury Emeralds. Her prized children’s books include Unleaving, winner of the 1976 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; Gaffer Samson’s Luck, winner of the 1985 Smarties Prize, and The Emperor’s Winding Sheet, awarded the 1974 Whitbread Prize for children’s books. Jill Paton Walsh is a board member emeritus of Children’s Literature New England.

Curriculum Project

It is the responsibility of each Greek Fellow taking the program for credit to develop a curriculum project that meets common core standards — based on his/her discipline or area of interest. Serious consideration should be given to this project as the year progresses. The curriculum development project will be presented at a reception to welcome new Greek Study Fellows into The Examined Life program. Each project will be considered for publication on this website. Click here for link to Common Core blueprint.

Leadership Corps

The ExL Leadership Corps is committed to outreach activities aimed at strengthening the teaching of Greece. Those who successfully complete their tenure as Greek Study Fellows join a growing corps of leaders in Greek studies to serve as mentors for others, to lead workshops, and to participate in aspects of outreach and dissemination.

Program Leadership

Working Board

Honorary Advisory Board

  • Michael Dukakis
  • Christine Kondoleon
  • Gregory Maguire

Who can participate?

Although ExL/GreeceOnline targets the education community, it welcomes all interested learners and those committed to its mission to raise public consciousness and knowledge of ancient (and modern) Greece and to strengthen Greek studies in the schools. We invite students worldwide who are eager to learn more about the Greek epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, mythology, literature, history, philosophy, art, democracy, and politics. The program takes as its theme the Socratic call to the examined life and asks what the Greeks have to teach us about ourselves and our times.

Do I need any special equipment to participate?

No. The requirements for viewing the videos are basic:

  • High speed Internet connection
  • Computer with sound capability
  • Browser with the Flash plugin installed

In addition, students participating in the webinars will need the following:

  • Phone
  • Hands-free headset (highly recommended to help minimize static and noise)
  • Webcam (we encourage you to see and be seen!)

How many professional development points will I earn?

Students will earn 45 professional development points (PDPs), or 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on completion of the Program Requirements. Professional Development Points (PDPs) are earned in MA; and Continuning Education Units (CEUs) are recognized nationally by most educational institutions toward certification and advancement.

Are there assignments?

Yes. Students taking the program for credit need to: complete required reading before viewing each video, write a 250 word response to each video, post the response as a new topic for discussion on the ExL online Discussion Board, and comment on one other student's topic. Once a student has completed viewing all the lectures, the student needs to write a 1,000 word essay and post it to the Discussion Board. Finally, every student needs to develop a Study Guide for classroom use.

Noncredit students are expected to complete reading before viewing each video and to post to the Discussion Board. Noncredit students do not need to write the 1,000 word essay, unless they choose to, and they do not need to develop a Study Guide, unless they choose to.

What is a Study Guide?

A study guide is a curriculum project, a written plan developed to provide guidance and information to students with the ultimate aim of engaging them in a genuine learning experience. Click here for a sample Study Guide.

Is there a program facilitator?

Yes, a program facilitator will welcome students on board, and be available to answer questions, to monitor and assess program assignments and to award grades, PDPs, CEUs, and certificates of participation.

How do I communicate with the program facilitator?

Students will communicate with the program facilitator via the Web Meeting, Discussion Board, and email.

If I need help during the program, how do I get it?

If in doubt about any assignment, students are expected to ask questions by contacting fellow distance learners or the instructor/facilitator.

How do I communicate with my online "classmates"?

Students will communicate with online classmates via the Discussion Board and email.

What’s the connection between GreeceOnline and The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools?

GreeceOnline, the online curriculum of The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools (ExL), is a humanities program for educators and others featuring a graduate course, a lesson plan development opportunity, an optional study tour of Greece, and Leadership Corps membership. GreeceOnline, incorporates all elements of The Examined Life onsite program and is open to educators and all those Interested In furthering its mission. The program has no prerequisites and can be taken for credit or noncredit.

Can I copy and use your videos in my classroom?

No. All materials, including the video lectures, are protected by copyright law and are provided here only for GreeceOnline students to use during the program. No duplication or distribution is permitted.

How can I get more information?

For further information about GreeceOnline, please contact Mary Kemper, Administrative Associate at

Funding Sources

Funding: The ExL Program is made possible by a lead grant from the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association National Housing Corporation (AHEPA NHC), the Hellenic Ministry of Education, the AHEPA Educational Foundation, the AHEPA Newport Foundation, the Gerondelis Foundation, the Newton Schools Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brandeis University’s Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies, the Newton Public Schools, and participating school systems.
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