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Matthew J. Ryan Center

Welcome to The Matthew J. Ryan Center! The Ryan Center is dedicated to supporting honest, open, and rigorous discussion about free institutions and the public good. We provide opportunities to Villanova’s students, faculty, staff, as well as the larger community for reflection, conversation, and fellowship tied to a common interest in finding and pursuing the good in society.

Public Debates


We bring public debates on important topics to Villanova's campus.

Student Programs


We sponsor fellowships and other programming for Villanova students

Public Lectures


We sponsor major lectures by scholars and other experts

Faculty Support

The Center offers opportunities for Villanova's faculty and staff.

Free Speech on Campus

We are dedicating to providing a place for open and free discussion of important ideas.

For Alumni & Friends

The Ryan Society welcomes Ryan Center Alumni and others who support our mission



Stay in Touch

Stop by:

304 Old Falvey

Villanova University

Contact Information

Interim Director
Steven F. McGuire

Assistant Director
Jordan Watts
Phone 610.519.3851

Contact us to receive updates and event notices