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

We are beginning preparation for the 2022 Iowa Lyceum! Click here or go to the 2021 Lyceum tab to see about this past year's Lyceum.

We are planning on holding a hybrid version of the Lyceum in 2022! For anyone in the Iowa City area, we will be hosting the Lyceum in-person on campus at the University of Iowa. Meanwhile, we will also be hosting a parallel online Lyceum open to anyone both domestic and internationally. 

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!

Iowa v Northern Illinois in football at Kinnick Stadium - 01 Sep 2018

Frequently Asked Questions


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+).

Lyceum News

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A few of the Lyceum graduate student organizers--Danielle Colburn, Cassie Finley, and Joe Glover--published a chapter on the value of pre-college philosophy and the Iowa Lyceum in Intentional Disruption: Expanding Access to Pre-College Philosophy. Our chapter can be read here, or the book can be purchased directly from Vernon Publishing here

Book Cover Intentional Disruptions: Expanding Access to Philosophy


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

Philosophy Events


Friday, March 4, 2022 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Ted Poston, The University of Alabama If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178


Friday, March 25, 2022 3:30pm to 5:15pm
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Amie Thomasson, Dartmouth University If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178


Friday, April 8, 2022 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Old Capitol Museum
Shelly Kagan, Yale University If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178

The Iowa Lyceum is made possible by PLATO, the APA, the University of Iowa Philosophy Department, and the University of Iowa's College of Arts and Sciences. We would not be able to offer the Lyceum free of charge to students if it weren't for their contributions! 

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