Ryan Undergraduate Fellows

The Ryan Undergraduate Fellows is a student-led organization dedicated to the exploration of political philosophy, statesmanship, American Founding ideas, and contemporary political issues.  Special opportunities available to Undergraduate Fellows include:


  • special networking and leadership opportunities
  • the opportunity to interact with Ryan Scholars and Visiting Fellows who are experts in American politics and political philosophy
  • participation in the Franklin Junto Reading Groups
  • participation in Liberty & Learning Symposia
  • eligibility for a Ryan Scholarship


The Ryan Undergraduate Fellows meet each week in the Ryan Center to have discussions about current political issues, movie nights, and other events.  To apply to be a Ryan Undergraduate Fellow, please fill out the below application and send it to Brenda Hafera at bhafer01@villanova.edu.


Upcoming Discussions:

"The Protests in Hong Kong"
October 21, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Medical Ethics"
October 28, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Voter ID"
November 4, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Russian Foreign Policy"
November 11, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Education Policy"
November 18, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Torture"
December 2, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center


Current Members:

Nicholas Bayuk
Class of 2016
Eric Bellomo
Class of 2017
Alexander Cadmus
Class of 2016
Ali D'Amelio
Class of 2017
Laine Feller
Class of 2017
Shiza Francis
Class of 2017
Thomas Garvey
Class of 2015
Ray Horner
Class of 2017
Joshua Koss
Class of 2015
Megan Malamood
Class of 2015
Kevin Meeson
Class of 2015
Jeffrey Neuhaus
Class of 2017
Emma Pettit
Class of 2016
Margaret Russell
Class of 2016
Ryan Rogers
Class of 2017
Jay Santoro
Class of 2018
Jennifer White
Class of 2016

"The Keystone Pipeline"
October 7, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Case of Hobby Lobby"
September 30, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"ISIS"
September 23, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Shooting at Ferguson"
September 16, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Villanova's Outsourcing of Custodial Services"
September 9, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Cases of Hobby Lobby and Notre Dame: The Birth Control Mandate"
April 23, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Climate Change"
April 9, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"The European Union, Its Future, and Issues of Sovereignty"
April 2, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Death Penalty"
March 26, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Abortion"
March 19, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Crimea"
March 12, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Israel Versus Palestine"
February 26, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"NSA Overreach and Government Surveillance"
February 19, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Social Security and Welfare Reform"
February 12, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Same-Sex Marriage"
January 29, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Euthanasia"
January 1, 2014, 7:30 PM, The Ryan Center

"Education Reform"
December 11, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Legalization of Marijuana, Prostitution, and 'Sin Laws'"
December 4, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Gun Control"
November 19, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Campaign Finance Reform"
November 12, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Immigration Reform"
November 5, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East"
October 30, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Affordable Care Act"
October 23, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"The Government Shutdown"
October 7, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Viewing of Lincoln
September 23, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

"Affirmative Action"
September 11, 2013, 7:00 PM, The Ryan Center

Contact Information

Director - Matthew J. Ryan Center
Colleen A. Sheehan, Ph.D.
610.519.7421
Fax  610.519.6787
colleen.sheehan@villanova.edu

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