The Ryan Center at Villanova University is dedicated to advancing civic education in a free, democratic society.


Major Lectures

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.

Public Debates

Our goal is to have our public debates model civil and truth-seeking discourse between individuals who disagree strongly on contentious topics. 



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.

Student Colloquia

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.

Faculty Enrichment

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
Villanova University, Old Falvey 304
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Brian Satterfield, PhD, interim director

Jordan Watts, assistant director


The Ryan Center records most of their events, making them accessible to the wider community. You can watch these recorded events on YouTube.