Welcome to the Iowa Lyceum!


Introducing pre-college students to philosophy and cultivating intellectual virtues.



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

The 12th annual Iowa Lyceum will be held virtually July 22nd- 26th, 2024. Our theme this year will be "Paradoxes and Philosophical Puzzles"!


Planning is underway for the 12th annual Iowa Lyceum. Check back soon for more information!


Applications are open and are due April 21. Notifications of acceptance will be sent April 30!

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:


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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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

Sievert Lecture: Saba Bazargan-Forward, UC San Diego

Friday, October 4, 2024 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Saba Bazargan-Forward, UC San Diego If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178

UI Public Philosophy Lecture: Public Discourse: Talia Bettcher, California State University, Los Angeles

Friday, October 18, 2024 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Talia Bettcher, California State University, Los Angeles “Truth as a Democratic Value” If you need accommodations in order to attend any event, please call 319-335-0178

Bergmann Lecture and UIGPS Keynote Lecture: Şerife Tekin, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Friday, March 28, 2025 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Şerife Tekin, SUNY Upstate Medical 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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