QUARTERLY MEETINGS - Open to Lyceum Members and Guests


  • The date for the 2018 Public Conference will be announced in the fall of 2017.


    • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    • Corpus Christi, Texas

    The topic of guns and gun control is one that has split the country into two groups:  one that is set on arming citizens and holding tight second amendment rights, and one that is for the tighter restrictions and regulations that would make purchasing guns a more stringent process.

    It is a topic that has seen the light even more as mass shootings have taken a front row seat in national news. Citizens, public officials and special interest groups are on both sides of the line.  It’s a discussion that requires a comprehensive dive into our two Americas.

    • Thursday, June 22, 2017
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017
    • Washington, DC

    Since the founding of our country, we have consistently experienced periods of civil unrest - whether fighting for control over territories, fighting against the monarch, fighting for equal rights and free speech, fighting a foreign enemy, or fighting for air time. The tension in our political and social climate is regrettable and feels like it is at an all-time high – but is it the new normal?

    Is uncivil discourse entwined so deeply in our nation’s culture that we must accept it? Attendees will have a chance to decide for themselves while walking the halls of the U.S. Capitol where political arguments were once settled by blood-filled duals, pondering in the Library of Congress where literature tells us how to live by the Golden Rule, touring the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture where an untold journey awaits us, walking the estate of Mount Vernon where George Washington, our only non-partisan president, orchestrated the planning of our federal city, and scanning the intentions of our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as we privately dine in the National Archives.

    You will be educated, inspired and challenged by elected officials, historians, journalists, social media experts and civic leaders. We hope you and your family will depart our nation’s capital motivated to make respectful discourse part of our republic’s identity.

    “Happiness and Moral Duty are Inseparably Connected” – George Washington

    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    • Bastrop, Texas

    Human trafficking is modern day slavery; and it’s happening before our eyes. 

    Over 100,000 U.S. born children are trafficked each year within our own borders for the purpose of being sold for sex.  It is estimated that 50,000 people are trafficked from foreign countries to the U.S. with 25% coming through Texas.

    In Texas, the majority of trafficked people are women, 2/3 are adults with a 50/50 split of citizens and foreign nationals.  The average age a young girl is lured into the web of trafficking is 12.  Currently, there are 47,000 children reported as missing each year in the state of Texas.  It is estimated that 1 in 7 of those children are or will become human trafficking victims.

    Though trafficking for purposes of sex/forced prostitution is not the sole purpose, it is the majority form of trafficking; with domestic service and labor second greatest, we see these people in the hotel/motel industry, farming, construction and landscape work.

    We will explore not only the victims and victimology but we will explore these questions: Who is brokering? Who is buying? Where are they hiding? We will endeavor to educate through stories, inform on best practices for parents, employers and citizens, and advocate to impact legislative initiatives.

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