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We are currently planning and adjusting our programming for the 2020-2021 academic year. Finalized plans will be announced here.

Our events will align with best practices and recommendations for social distancing as a part of Villanova University's effort to maintain a healthy campus environment in the midst of the ongoing threat of Covid-19. 


Upcoming Ryan Center Events on the University Calendar


2020 - 2021 Programming

Major lectures, public debates, student & faculty opportunities, as well as other programming for the year will be added and updated here.


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 invididuals 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.