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Programs

The Ryan Center is pleased to host public in-person events again during the 2021-2022 academic year. We are glad to welcome guests from off campus who were unable to attend events last year.  Villanova University's current COVID guidance requires faculty, staff, students, and off-campus guests to wear masks while indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

 

2021 - 2022 Programming

Constitution Day Lecture - Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30pm  The War Powers and the End of the War in Afghanistan  Delivered by Dr. William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute  Bartley 1011 (PWC Auditorium)  Free and open to the public  Dr. Ruger will address constitutional war powers, the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government on war issues, and the way these issues tie into the war in Afghanistan.

Constitution Day Lecture - Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30pm

The War Powers and the End of the War in Afghanistan

Delivered by Dr. William Ruger, Vice President for Research and Policy, Charles Koch Institute

Bartley 1011 (PWC Auditorium)

Free and open to the public

Dr. Ruger will address constitutional war powers, the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government on war issues, and the way these issues tie into the war in Afghanistan.

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Podcast: Political Animals

The Ryan Center is now contributing its voice to the bustling world of podcasting. Our podcast, Political Animals, focuses on conversations with interesting thinkers on timely topics in politics and political philosophy. It is hosted by Dr. Steven McGuire. New episodes will be posted during the 2021-2022 academic year. 
 

Episode 1 (10/01/20): Dr. Michael Moreland on Amy Coney Barrett and the Supreme Court

Episode 2 (10/15/20): Dr. Colleen A. Sheehan on The Federalist and the U.S. Constitution

Episode 3 (11/12/20): Thomas Chatterton Williams on Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Race

Episode 4 (03/03/21): Dr. Henry Olsen on the future of the GOP

Episode 5 (03/26/21): Dr. Paul Kengor on The Devil and Karl Marx (co-hosted by John Hernick)

Episode 6 (04/16/21): After Nationalism with Dr. Samuel Goldman

Episode 7 (05/03/21): Dr. Jonathan Marks on Liberal Education

 

 

Signature Events and Programs Overview

The Ryan Center at Villanova University is dedicated to advancing civic education in a free, democratic society.  The Initiatives of the Ryan Center include: 

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. 

The Ryan Fellows program supports Villanova students who are interested in thoughtful civic engagement.

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.