About Us

Founded in 2002, the Lyceum Club of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, U.S.) is part of the International Association of Lyceum Clubs (IALC), an organization for women interested in the arts, sciences, social concerns and the pursuit of lifelong learning. Our official seat is the address of the current president. The Club is regional and includes the Philadelphia suburbs and the surrounding region.

The IALC is the formal association of National Federations of Lyceum Clubs worldwide, currently consisting of clubs in 17 countries around the world: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Headquartered in Switzerland, the IALC is on the premises of the Lyceum Club of Zurich. The Club retains the archives.

The IALC is an apolitical and secular organization, legally constituted under the Swiss Civil Code. As with the clubs worldwide, the International Lyceum Club of Philadelphia is also apolitical and secular.

The Lyceum Philosophy

Lyceum Club members are women interested in the arts, sciences and social concerns and the pursuit of lifelong learning. Through their personal commitment they promote understanding and friendship.

The first Lyceum Club was founded in London by Constance Smedley in 1903, to provide a welcome and intellectually stimulating environment for educated and energetic women.

Club Governance

The International Council meets at the IALC International Congress held every three years between March and June, in a city with an active Club. The International Congress is open to all members worldwide. In addition to Club business meetings, the congress offers a rich program of keynote addresses, discussion groups, cultural and other social activities organized by the host club.

Between Congress years, the IALC is governed by an executive group, the International Central Bureau (BCI). This ruling body is composed of the international president, international vice president of northern hemisphere, international vice president of southern hemisphere, international secretary, international treasurer, and presidents of all national federations. In countries with one club, the president of that club is the Federation President. In countries with more than one club, a national Federation is formally established.

The official languages of the Congress and of Lyceum are English, French and German.