Two articles by University of Iowa sources about the Iowa Lyceum: 1, 2
The Lyceum model is to invite interested high school students to campus for a one week, half-day overview of philosophy on a particular theme. It is an effective way to introduce students to philosophy. Kris Phillips and I started the Iowa Lyceum in 2013. It has continued to grow since!
I continue to think about the best ways to offer philosophy to everyone. I am particularly concerned that many of the pre-college philosophy outreach programs on offer cater to students who already have many opportunities. The Iowa Lyceum itself is directed toward students in the Iowa City area which is already full of opportunities! As philosophy is for everyone, such programs are welcome, but I continue to look for new ways to bring philosophy to a wider audience.
I now lead a philosophy club at William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania, using a model different from the Lyceum structure. In this club students select which topics they would like to discuss for the next meeting, each of which goes for about 40-50 minutes. I then prepare to discuss two main perspectives concerning the issue students selected. I gather intuitions on the topic in question and use student insights to motivate one of the two views on the topic. Objections and further concerns inevitably arise, and I use these to motivate the second, typically competing, perspective. The remainder of the time consists in a free, equal, patient, and fun discussion of the main issue. I do my best to present issues clearly and simply, but beyond that, to let our participants do the talking. The group continues to grow as interested students invite their friends.
I am currently working on a book chapter (with co-author Landon Elkind) about the Iowa Lyceum as a contribution for a volume about pre-college philosophy edited by Claire Katz of Texas A&M University.