Named after the gymnasium where Aristotle taught (which itself was named for its proximity to the temple of Apollo, god of music, virtue, culture and healing), the Lyceum is an association of students who desire to deepen their friendship in the common pursuit of great questions, both classical and contemporary. To this end, it is dedicated to providing a regular forum for discussions, debates, and lectures on those questions, hoping to deepen awareness on what it means to be citizens and human beings. The Lyceum is interdisciplinary, nonpartisan, and open to all students, regardless of major.
One of the major events sponsored by the group is the Liberal Arts Friday Forum (LAFF). One LAFF is held each semester, typically the Friday afternoon of Parents Weekend beginning at 4:00 p.m. The format of LAFF consists of three 12-minute presentations on a given question or topic, followed by three three-minute responses from each panelist, and concluding with moderated discussion from the audience until 5:15 p.m. Discussions are moderated by a member of the Lyceum.
Liberal Arts Friday Forum (LAFF) Misson Statement
The purpose of LAFF is to provide the Hillsdale College community an opportunity to engage in sustained discussion of serious topics or issues in an extracurricular and interdisciplinary environment, and thus to enrich and energize the atmosphere of learning at Hillsdale College and better help it to fulfill its mission. The LAFF is not a debate. It is a mutual pursuit of truth. All participants are expected to exhibit virtues of civility and respect.
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