SIGNATURE EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
The Ryan Center at Villanova University is dedicated to advancing civic education in a free, democratic society.
Major public lectures allow the Ryan Center to bring experts on campus who enrich the conversation among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community by adding fresh analysis to important subjects or by challenging accepted narratives.
Our goal is to have our public debates model civil and truth-seeking discourse between individuals who disagree strongly on contentious topics.
CAMPUS COMMUNITY EVENTS
Debate America: Student-Led Discussions
The Ryan Center hosts regular student-led discussions addressing political issues currently in the news. These discussions are open to all Villnova undergraduates and seek to foster open, free, and educated discussions about contentious topics.
The Ryan Center organizes and holds student colloquia to promote intense reflection on focused topics and enduring texts tied to the consideration of free institutions and the public good.
The Ryan Center welcomes Villanova faculty who share our mission to become faculty associates. We support our associates by organizing colloquia for them, sponsoring conference travel, and extending invitations to meet with speakers and other guests of the Ryan Center.
The Ryan Center records most of their events, making them accessible to the wider community. You can watch these recorded events on YouTube.