History. Philosophy. Art. Beer. Community.


What is a Lyceum?

"A Lyceum is a place for adults to come together to think, learn, and talk with their neighbors, to explore the deep questions about what it means to be human. We host speakers and conversations on the things we're all curious about. This is not a dry academic lecture or seminar. Lyceum events are a chance to make friends around food, beer, and big ideas." 

For more information, head to www.lyceummovement.org. 

Itasca Economic Development Corporation is proud to announce that we will be bringing the Lyceum to Itasca County. These events will take place on the Fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Rapids Brewing Co. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you'd like to get involved. 

The Six Habits

1. Read our neigbor's words in the best light. 

2. Talk for the sake of truth and understanding, not victory. 

3. See ourselves as fundamentally on the same team, even with those who disagree. 

4. Acknowledge what we don't yet know. 

5. Talk for the sake of building up community. 

6. Look for something to love in every person.

The Four Questions

1. Do we understand it?

2. Is it true?

3. Have we seen it in our life?

4. How does it relate to our community?


September: Self Transcendence

This month's topic is about what it means to live a good life. Self-transcendence means making our lives about something besides ourselves. How do we find meaningful things to give our lives to, what are the habits that can bring us to a flourishing that is focused on others?

Speaker(s): Patrick Mathias, ICC Foundation Board Member and ICC English Faculty Emeritus. 

Date: Monday, September 26th, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Rapids Brewing Co.

Link to Register: https://bit.ly/itascalyceumsept2022


October: The Importance of Physical Work

More and more of our economy is dominated by "knowledge work." What are the shortcomings of this kind of work, what do we miss out on if we don't work with our hands? How can we support young people in pursuing technical professions and crafts?

Speaker(s): TBD

Date: Monday, October 24th, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Rapids Brewing Co.

Link to Register: TBD


November: Religion and Democracy

Religion has always played a significant role in our democracy, but today, more people are unaffiliated with a faith than ever. This month we will discuss the role of faith in public life. What are the ways in which people fulfill religious desires today and what effect does that have on society? What new forms are religious impulses taking? What are healthy ways of living in a society with many faiths?

Speaker(s): TBD

Date: Monday, November 28th, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Rapids Brewing Co.

Link to Register: TBD


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