The Reilly Center explores conceptual, ethical, and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives. Our purpose is to promote the advancement of science and technology for the common good.
The University’s John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values was established in 1985. It is named for the father of an alumnus whose gift created the initial endowment for the center. The center’s first academic initiative, an undergraduate minor Program in Science, Technology, and Values, was launched in 1986 with the aid of a three-year start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since then the Reilly Center has received external financial support for many programs and activities from the National Science Foundation as well as the NEH. In addition, the Lilly Endowment, the Hazen Endowment for Excellence, the Templeton Foundation, and the former GTE Foundation have also generously supported the work of the center.
We integrate advancement of science and technology, adherence to ethical norms that uphold human dignity, and development of sound policy for the common good. We bring different disciplinary perspectives to the examination of conceptual, ethical, and policy issues related to science and technology. We pursue our mission through education, research, and outreach in a Catholic context.