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""Mary Kemper
B.A. St. Mary's College
Administrative Associate, The Examined Life

Mary Kemper

Mary Kemper finds that the study of the Greek classics through The Examined Life is a natural extension of her love of literature. She is a former intellectual property paralegal. A native of southern Illinois, she divides her time between her home in New York City and in Brewster on Cape Cod Bay. She holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Mary’s College of California and has done graduate work in study of children’s literature.

Mary first got hooked on children’s books serving as a PTA Book Fair Chair, then worked for a number of years at a children’s bookstore in New Rochelle, New York. She is a long-time veteran and devotee of Children’s Literature New England. In addition, she served on the executive board of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance for many years. A member of USBBY, she is currently serving on the Dorothy Briley Lecture Committee. And, she is presently in the process of setting up a non-profit to facilitate getting books into the hands of inner-city children.

She has been married for 48 years to Casey Kemper, CEO and President of Collegiate Asset Management, and is the mother of three grown daughters, Michelle, Carin, and Courtney, and is “Nain” to her three wonderful grandchildren, Sabin, Cassandra and Catherine.

Mary loves to cook and often takes advantage of learning new cuisines as she travels the world; she also enjoys sewing and designing and, needless to say, reading. She is an avid reader and advocate of children's literature.

""Diana P. Paolitto
ED.D. Boston University
M.A.T. Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.A. Smith College
Program Associate, The Examined Life

Diana P Paolitto

Diana P. Paolitto, educator and psychologist, is passionate about the importance of the humanities in public education and in our society. Her lifelong interest in Greek studies is rooted in her love of history and literature and her experience as a teenager living with two Greek families, one in Athens and another in Lamia, an ancient town north of Athens.

Her considerable experience includes teaching middle school social studies, and serving as a psychologist, supervisor, and consultant in the Massachusetts public schools. She is a former tenured associate professor in Counseling Psychology at Boston College and has held research and teaching positions at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Paolitto’s research in human development spans from infancy to adulthood with a major focus on young adolescents and their families. She is interested in how children, adolescents and their families develop empathy and generosity, including a philanthropic spirit. Designing, implementing and evaluating values-based prevention programs for youth has been a long-standing commitment.

In addition to her work in schools, she has consulted nationwide to such organizations as the United States Air Force Academy, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, and has written widely in the field of values and moral education, including the co-authored book, Promoting Moral Growth: From Piaget to Kohlberg, now in its third edition, with translations in both Spanish and Japanese.

A Symposium — October 29, 2011

Sing to Me, O Muse: A SymposiumSING TO ME, O MUSE:
October 29, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lecture Hall
(Floor L2)

SING TO ME, O MUSE takes its title from the opening lines of The Odyssey, and will feature readings, talks, and performances highlighting the impact of the epic poems, myths, and legends of the ancient Greeks on childhood, literature, and society.

A remarkable chorus of artists, writers, storytellers, musicians, dancers, educators and students includes Gregory Maguire, Susan Cooper, Ashley Bryan, Sebastian Lockwood, Evi Gerokosta (on film), Tracy Barrett, Gareth Hinds, Jill Paton Walsh, John Rowe Townsend, Dr. John Pappas and his Metropolis of Boston Dance Group, Katherine Kleitz, Barbara Scotto, Martha Walke, Daryl Mark, Nora Tisel Farley, Connie Carven, Susan Flannery, and Barbara Harrison.

(Pdf of the invitation)


The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Please register for the event, by emailing Martha Walke at or by calling her at (802) 765-4935. In your message, include your name, email address, home phone and cell phone numbers.


As a courtesy to library patrons, we request that you do not park in the Cambridge Public Library underground garage. Please enjoy free parking in the parking lot of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 1611 Cambridge Street (7:00 am-5:30 pm). This location is about 1½ blocks from the library (walk across Cambridge Street and follow Ellery Street to Broadway. Turn right on Broadway and you will see the Main Library). For directions to Harvard Vanguard please check their website: locs/directions.asp?ofc=Cambridge

Book Sales and Signing

Books by speakers will be available for sale from 9:00 – 9:45 am, and again during lunch, thanks to Porter Square Books. No book sales after the program.


We encourage people to bring a bag lunch or to plan on a picking up a quick lunch at the nearby Broadway Market on Broadway or Darwin’s Ltd on Cambridge Street. Hosted by Children’s Literature New England, The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools, and the Cambridge Public Library, SING TO ME, O MUSE derives from a colloquy and study tour in April 2011 in which American, British, and Canadian writers, illustrators, and educators visited Greece.

NOTICE: 2012 Study Tour Streamlined!

""1 WEEK, April 14-22, 2012!

To keep costs manageable for participants and to better fit with April school vacation, ExL has streamlined the 2012 study tour in Greece from two weeks to one week. The tour will focus specifically on "classical" Greece, central to the program’s mission.

One Spectacular Week – One Unforgettable Experience

Join The Examined Life and participate in a professional program that honors commitment and leadership and features a graduate course, curriculum development, and a study tour based on course lectures and readings.

Choose one of two Fellowship opportunities, the Online Program or the Onsite Program. Both Include:

  • Graduate course
  • Study tour of Greece
  • Curriculum development
  • PDPs, CEUs, graduate credit
Online Program (click here for complete information)

Further Information

Launched in 1999, The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools provides graduate courses, workshops, curriculum opportunities, resources, outreach, and a study tour of Greece. The program, created by teachers for teachers, is administered by the Newton MA Public Schools.

The Examined Life: Greek Studies in the Schools
c/o Office of Grants Management
Newton Public Schools
100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA 02460

An Invitation from Stavros Niarchos Foundation

""Wednesday, June 29, 2011

snfcc logoThe Stavros Niarchos Foundation ( invites you to the presentation of the final architectural plans for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) by the architect of the project, Renzo Piano. The event will take place at 19:15 at the construction site (Delta of Faliron, former horse racing tract), next to the Esplanade. For more information about the event and for registration please visit or call Mr. Theodore Dimopoulos at 210 72 49 000, 211 75 01 254 by June 22nd. (invitation)

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""Grand Opening – New Acropolis Museum

The new Acropolis Museum will open to the public 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (except Mondays) starting June 24, 2009 (although, from June 21-23, visitors with pre-purchased will be admitted); tickets can be purchased through the Museum’s website. For news and information visit the Museum’s website.

""Birdwatching in Greece

""The Bacchae by Euripides

Translation by Francis Blessington
Directed by Meg Taintor

May 1st-16th, 2009
Rehearsal Hall A at the Calderwood Pavilion
Boston Center for the Arts
527-551 Tremont Street
South End, Boston MA


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“You are ignorant of life, of what you do, and what you are. ”

When Gods and mortals spar the results set both a king and a city on a path to tragedy.

When the citizens of Thebes deny the divinity of Dionysos, he punishes them by inciting the women into a frenzy – driving them from their homes into the mountains where they enact the wild rituals of worship to Bacchus. The young king Pentheus wrestles the god for control of his city, but will his lack of understanding lead to his ruination?

An undeniable masterpiece, Euripides’ The Bacchae is a primal and powerful play that has remained relevant for 2500 years.

""Trojan Barbie

March 28-April 22, 2009
American Repertory Theatre
ZERO Arrow St Cambridge 02138

Synopsis: Lotte Jones, a doll repair expert, needs a vacation. She books herself on a cultural tour for singles and travels with them to modern-day Troy, where she finds more of a change of scene than she'd bargained for in the midst of an attack by the Greek
army threatening to destroy the last fragments of a mighty civilization.

Part contemporary drama, part homage to Euripides' Trojan Women, Trojan Barbie tells the perpetually moving tale of Priam's widow, Hecuba, and her defenseless family, recast against the vivid reality of modern warfare.

Poetic, compassionate, and tinged with great warmth and humor, Trojan Barbie is an epic war story with a most unlikely heroine, who always looks on the bright side even as past and present collide about her.

Carmel O'Reilly, director of Sugan Theatre's St. Nicholas that A.R.T. presented in 2000, joins the Company for the first time to direct this imaginative work.

""'09 ExL Fellowship Program, January-October, 2009. Another great Fellowship Program and series of ExL lectures began on January 14 with a welcome and introductory remarks delivered by Barbara Harrison and Connie Carven, followed by the first lecture, The World of the Ancient Greeks in Art and Text, by Professor Ann O. Koloski-Ostrow. For more about ExL Fellowships and opportunities to study for credit, travel to Greece, develop curricula, and strengthen Greek studies in the schools, click here >>.

""Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens. This major exhibition is on view at the galleries of the Onassis Cultural Centre in New York, from December 10, 2008 to May 9, 2009. The exhibition brings together 155 extraordinary archaeological objects in order to re-examine preconceptions about the exclusion of women from public life in ancient Athens. A variety of educational programs will be scheduled in conjunction with the display, including gallery talks, lectures and an international conference.

""Exhibit. NYC hosts fascinating exhibit! Don’t miss “From the Land of the Labyrinth: Minoan Crete, 3000-1100 BC”, an exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City (645 5th Avenue). The show highlights artifacts from ancient Crete, including a miniature double-axe votive and a beautiful bull’s head from an ancient drinking vessel. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., March 13 to September 13, 2008. Free admission and free tours on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Review >>

""Smithsonian Article. Great article on restoration of the Parthenon in Smithsonian magazine (February 2008). In “Unlocking Mysteries of the Parthenon”, Evan Hadingham highlights the exacting work of restoration, and reveals some surprising details and postulations, i.e. that ancient tools were far sharper and more durable than those of today. Hadingham is senior science editor of PBS’s NOVA series (NOVA’s program “Secrets of the Parthenon” aired January 29, 2008). The article and photographs are also available online. And see our photo gallery for related images.

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""Exhibit.Greek Myths,” paintings by Ellen Cavanagh O’Sullivan were shown at The Gallery of The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. More >>

""Exhibit. An exhibit worth seeing! Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture of Classical Antiquity, an exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge, MA, corrected the popular misconception that marble sculptures were stark white. The exhibit revealed what the ancient world really looked like. Sculptures, friezes, and other art work were painted in dazzling colors, including reds, yellows, blues, and greens. Several items in this traveling show will be highlighted at The Getty Villa in Malibu from March 6-June 23, 2008, in an exhibition titled The Color of Life.

""Website. A website worth visiting! The American Archaeological Association website at contains free downloadable lesson plans for Greek Vase Painting and A Greco-Roman Feast, among others, and several ideas for using archaeology in the classroom.

""ExL Milestones. Now in its twelfth year, the program is impacting 50 schools, 12 school districts, 200 teachers, and thousands of students in the greater Boston area.

""NCSS Article. National Council For Social Studies published A Marvelous Journey: Calling from Greece to a U.S. Classroom by Lana Holman, 2005 Greek Fellow, and John Sucich about fourth grade students in Belmont, Massachusetts travelling to Greece.

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