Welcome to the Iowa Lyceum!

Introducing pre-college students to philosophy and critical thinking.

Iowa Philosophy Lyceum Logo - Updated June, 2020 to include the University of Iowa colors

Stay tuned for information about the 2021 Iowa Lyceum!

The 2020 Iowa Lyceum dates were Monday to Friday, June 8-12. Thank you to our participants, parents, and presenters for an amazing week!



We would like to hold our 2021 Lyceum in person, but we are fully prepared to run our program on Zoom! If you have any questions about our program, please contact us at: philosophy-lyceum@uiowa.edu!


We would like to thank the following institutions for supporting the Philosophy Lyceum at the University of Iowa:

Philosophy Teaching and Learning Organization (PLATO)

 The American Philosophical Association (APA)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa

And special thanks are due to Professor David Cunning!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few commonly asked questions and the canned responses we provide.

Quick Links

Great question! The updated Lyceum forms can always be found on this years Lyceum page. We will be updating this once we get closer to 2021:

2021 Lyceum

The best thing to do is to contact the program organizers and we will be in contact with you shortly thereafter:


The Iowa Lyceum is free for participants (high school students age 13+).

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We Have a New Web Page!

Welcome to the new Iowa Philosophy Lyceum web page! This is where you will be able to find all up-to-date Iowa Lyceum information, including all the information from our previous web page.

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 Lyceum will be held on Zoom. This change required program organizers to make some changes, which keep the Iowa Philosophy Lyceum in compliance with the University's Minors on Campus committee online regulations. We are grateful for to the opportunity to provide an amazing philosophy camp to local high school students again this year!


Future philosophy events in the area! Use the "View More Events" button below to see all Iowa Philosophy Lyceum events!

Philosophy Events


Friday, February 26, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Carrie Figdor, University of Iowa “What Could Cognition Be, If Not Human Cognition?” If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178


Friday, March 12, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Carrie Swanson, University of Iowa “Sextus Makes a House Call: Medical Sophisms in Outlines of Empiricism II 229-256” If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178 Workshops are discussions of papers that we’ll read beforehand. They will be circulated by email several weeks in advance.


Friday, March 26, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Myisha Cherry, UC Riverside “Racialized Forgiveness” If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178