The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values hosts the Reilly Forum, an inter- and multidisciplinary space in which scholars inside and outside of the Reilly Center and the Notre Dame communities can showcase their work in the legal, ethical, social, and policy implications of scientific research and learn about the research of others.

We like to partner with various Notre Dame entities to bring speakers to campus. Please contact the Reilly Center if you'd like our help to co-sponsor a speaker. Presentations last roughly 50 minutes including Q&A, after which participants are encouraged to stay for food, drink, small group discussions, and networking.

Spring 2014


Life Amongst the ‘Tar Sands’ Oil Pipelines: Impacts on Rural Communities and the Environment 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Eck Visitor Center / Alumni Center Auditorium

News agencies around the world have provided in-depth coverage of the controversial proposed Keystone Pipeline ‘tar sands’ oil project, but few people have even heard of the ‘tar sands’ pipelines that are right here in Michiana. Learn more about the Michiana pipeline at this panel discussion followed by Q&A.

  • Patricia Maurice, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • Jeffrey Insko, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies & Graduate Studies, Oakland University
  • Stephen K. Hamilton, Professor, Kellogg Biological Station and Dept. of Zoology, Michigan State University
  • Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Regional Coordinator, Great Lakes Regional Center, National Wildlife Federation

For more information go to the events page.

Co-sponsors for this event are Notre Dame's Law School, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND), and GLOBES an interdisciplinary graduate training program in environment and society

CNN Philosophy: From Cellular Nonlinear Networks to Biologically Inspired Computing

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, University of Technology in Munich

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 4:15 PM 
129 DeBartolo Hall

Cellular Nonlinear/Neural Network (CNN) technology is both a revolutionary concept and an experimentally proven new computing paradigm. It lays the groundwork for a new approach to information processing that is based on brain-inspired spatial-temporal behavior in large-scale, cellular arrays of nanoeletronic processing elements. Prof. and Dr. Klaus Mainzer will explore CNN philosophy’s links with deep problems of epistemology and broach the ways that bio-inspired computing leads to questions of societal acceptance and ethical benchmarks.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer is a philosopher of science and director of the Center for Technology and Society at the University of Technology, Munich. He studies the foundations and future perspectives of science and technology focusing on mathematical treatment and computer modeling as well as complex systems in the natural world, science, business, and society. He is a participant on the NSF-EAGER grant, "Computer Architectures for 2020 and Beyond."

Fall 2013

Bio-inspired approaches for Robotic Teams 

Thursday, September 26, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 PM
138 DeBartolo Hall 

Ronald C. Arkin
Regents’ Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory
Associate Dean for Research & Space Planning College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology   

Read the presenter's abstract and bio or see the poster

What Makes an Interdisciplinary Team Work? Reflections from the Field

Thursday, October 3, 2013 
3:30 - 4:30 PM 
ND Room in La Fortune Student Center

Jessica Leigh Thompson
Assistant Professor
Communication & Performance Studies
Northern Michigan University

Read the presenter's abstract and bio or see the poster

Confronting Automated Law Enforcement

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Law School, McCartan Courtroom

Woodrow Hartzog
Assistant Professor
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University

Read the presenter's abstract and bio or see the poster


Spring 2013 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Michael P. Nelson
Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Natural Reources
Oregon State University

Ecology, Ethics, Policy and the Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale
See poster and abstract


Thursday, January 24, 2013
Andrew Clegg, Program Director of NSF's Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)

Wireless Research in the Context of Domestic Spectrum Initiatives
See poster and abstract



Monday, December 3, 2012
W. Patrick McCray, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
California Dreaming: The Golden State’s Influence on Imaginings, Policies, and Narratives of Nanotechnology
See poster and abstract

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Jessica Payne, Nancy O'Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology and Director of the Sleep, Stress and Memory Lab, University of Notre Dame
Sleep on it! There’s More to It Than Just the Old Adage
See poster and abstract

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Erik Conway, Historian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Dreaming of Mars Sample Return, from Viking to the Mars Science Laboratory
See poster and abstract.



Monday, April 23, 2012
Scott Shackelford, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Cyber War and Peace
See poster and abstract

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Jessica Hellmann, University of Notre Dame, Department of Biological Sciences
Fixing the Global Commons: What Humans Can and Should Do to Help Nature Live and Thrive through Climate Change
See poster and abstract
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Shobita Parthasarathy, University of Michigan, Gerald Ford School of Public Policy
Building a Patent System in the Public Interest? Making Democracy, the Economy, and Morality in the United States and Europe
See poster and abstract








Forum, fall 2013, Thompson



Confronting Automated Law Enforcement






Reilly Forum fall 2012 poster