About the Center

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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.

Our mission

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values brings the sciences and humanities together to explore the nature and impact of science and technology. We bring students, academics, and the public into conversation through education, research, and outreach. Through our education and degree programs, we inspire student reflection on connections between and across disciplines, exploring the historical, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of science and technology. Through our research initiatives, we encourage scholars to advance our understanding of the social impacts of science, technology, and their applications, to enlighten policy-making and foster sound governance. Through our outreach activities, we engage the public on the place of science and technology in our culture and in our world. We promote the advancement of science and technology in the service of human dignity and 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.