Summer Programs in Philosophy for High School Students, 2021 Edition

Please use the comments section on this post to share information about 2021 summer programs in philosophy for high school students.

(If you have information about a summer program for undergraduate students, please post it in the comments at “Summer 2021 Philosophy Programs for Undergraduate Students.” If you have information about a summer program for graduate students, please post it in the comments at “Summer 2021 Philosophy Programs for Graduate Students.”)

[from a calendar features images by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige]

If you are organizing such a program, please add a comment to this post that includes:
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– dates
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– contact information
– application deadline
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– link to further information

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David Levy
David Levy
7 months ago

My colleagues and I at SUNY Geneseo are excited to announce our new summer pre-college program for rising high school seniors and new high school graduates.

Program Name: Geneseo Summer Institute in Justice and Ethics in Modern America

Dates: July 12-August 5 (meeting weekly Mon-Thurs, 3:00-5:00); plus a 2-day research symposium August 17-18

Location: online

Contact: Program Co-Directors Carly Herold ([email protected]) or David Levy ([email protected])

Application Deadline: April 6

Program Description: It’s never too early to shape a more enlightened world view. Our brand new Summer Institute in Justice and Ethics in Modern America can help you do that. It’s a four-week, remote study program that examines the ethical and political challenges that currently face American society.

High school seniors and recent high school graduates will earn college credit while previewing the expectations of the modern college classroom. You’ll read college-level material, engage in respectful discussion, explore different interests, and learn about college life from outstanding Geneseo faculty members and current student mentors.

Students will gain research experience and hone their skills in critical thinking, reading, and oral communication. They will collaborate with multiple faculty members and fellow participants and benefit from the mentorship of current Geneseo undergraduates.

The program will focus on six questions with contemporary relevance to our theme of Justice and Ethics in Modern America, emphasizing the connections between theory and practice:

  1. A More Perfect Union: What Are the Foundations of a Just Society? 
  2. What’s the Connection Between Morality and the Law? 
  3. What Obligations Do We Have as a Result of the Legacy of Slavery? 
  4. What Makes a Good Leader? 
  5. Should There Be a Limit to Free Speech? 
  6. How Should We Respond to Injustice, Both as Individuals and Communities? 

Link for Further InformationReport

Ali Kaveh Aenehzodaee
Ali Kaveh Aenehzodaee
6 months ago

The philosophy department at Ohio State will hold its annual Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) summer camp for high school students. Scholarships are available, so all who are interested are encouraged to apply!

OSU’s Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) presents: Thinking About Disagreement

Session I: June 14th-June 25th 2021
Session II: June 28th – July 9th 2021

Meetings will be held 3-4:30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the course of a 2 week session

PACT 2021 will be held fully online

Application deadline
Priority deadline is May 1st

[email protected]


We encounter disagreements in nearly every aspect of our lives. To name a few ongoing controversies, we disagree over: reproductive health, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, digital privacy, “cancel” culture, taxation, election outcomes, climate change, voting rights, bathroom policies, mask mandates, and the existence of God (Whew!). That’s a lot of disagreement and it only begins to scratch the surface. Now more than ever, disagreement seems to be an unavoidable, and often uncomfortable, part of living alongside other humans. It can spark heated debate and inspire mass protests. But it can also renew our perspectives on the world and help us achieve mutual understanding.  
It’s not surprising, then, that the topic of disagreement raises many deep questions: 

  • What is the nature of moral disagreement and how does it differ from scientific disputes or religious quarrels? 
  • What is the value of political disagreement? How can people with fundamentally different political viewpoints come to share and promote a shared democratic society? 
  • How should we combat political polarization?
  • What are the best ways to break down echo chambers and reopen dialogue with the “other side”?
  • How, if at all, should we change our beliefs when reasonable and well-informed people disagree with us?
  • What should we do when nothing seems to resolve our disagreement? How should we reconcile our differences? 

These are just some of the questions we’ll discuss in our time together at PACT!Report

Cassie Finley
5 months ago

The Iowa Lyceum is a free, week-long, pre-college philosophy summer camp hosted by the University of Iowa. This year’s Lyceum is focused on The Nature of Reality, so we will be exploring all things epistemology and metaphysics. Each day, a University of Iowa philosophy professor introduces a topic and then leads discussion and answers questions. The rest of the day is facilitated by graduate students, using games, videos, and other media to explore philosophical questions. The week culminates in student presentations on questions of their choosing!
The 2021 Iowa Lyceum will be held over Zoom this year, so we are opening applications to students ages 13 to 18 across the United States!
Dates: June 21st-25th, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT
Deadline to Apply: May 31st, 2021
To apply or find out more, visit
Contact [email protected] with any questions.Report

Kristopher G. Phillips
5 months ago

My colleagues and I at Southern Utah University are pleased to announce that this year’s Utah Lyceum will take place this summer.

Our theme this year is Happiness and the Good Life. We will discuss classical and contemporary questions regarding the nature of happiness and its connection to value theory generally including:

  • What is happiness?
  • What does it mean to live well?
  • What is the connection between happiness and morality?
  • How do different views in metaphysics and epistemology affect how we understand human happiness?

We welcome students between the ages of 13-18 for the free, five-day camp. We will provide all participants with texts related to the theme.

The Lyceum will run from 10a-2p (MDT) each day from June 14-18.

Dates: June 14th-18th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm MDT
Deadline to Apply: June 5th, 2021
To apply or find out more, visit
Contact [email protected], or [email protected] with any questions.Report

Kristopher G. Phillips
Reply to  Kristopher G. Phillips
5 months ago

To be clear, I meant to say that it will take place virtually, on zoom.Report