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Lyceum Program

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Intellectual Community

Lyceum Scholars and Fellows have many opportunities outside the classroom to continue exploring big questions through reading groups, lectures and small lunchtime talks.

  • Reading Groups

    Lyceum students and faculty gather on Friday afternoons to discuss works of literature and philosophy in an informal setting. Thus far, the group has read Shakespeare's Richard III, Plato's Alcibiades I and II, Plutarch's Life of Alcibiades and Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil. Learn more about our reading groups.

  • Lyceum Student Speaker Series (LSSS)
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    The Lyceum Student Speaker Series allows students to present their academic work in a public forum. Students are invited to showcase a Lyceum Thesis or research from a Lyceum class. Lyceum faculty work with Lyceum students to prepare for their presentations.

  • John W. Pope Lecture Series

    All Lyceum students are invited to the John W. Pope Lecture Series, Clemson University's largest lecture series that brings in distinguished intellectuals from across the country each semester to discuss politics, economics, philosophy, education, and history.

  • Lyceum Lectures

    The Lyceum Program also hosts several Lyceum Lectures each year to expose Lyceum students to the scholarship of faculty in prominent political science, economics, and history programs. Each Lyceum Lecturer is invited to deliver an evening talk that is open to the public and a smaller lunchtime talk that is open only to Lyceum students. Past Lyceum Lecture themes have included "Politics and Rhetoric," "The Enduring Political and Economic Principles of America" and "Liberal Revolution and Liberal Dissent."

  • Social Events
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    In addition to our formal lectures, the Lyceum community gathers for occasional social events throughout the year, including Lyceum Teas, evening socials and Family Weekend.


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