What does it mean to be ethical in a world of technology, and how can we ensure a more ethical future?

Founded in 2019 with an initial gift of $1.5 million from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Duquesne University's interdisciplinary Grefenstette Center takes an unflinching look at the ethical intersections between science and technology in the modern world, offering a variety of programs, courses and partnerships for students and researchers at Duquesne and throughout the Pittsburgh area. 

Engagement Opportunities

There are many ways to connect with the Grefenstette Center throughout the year, whether you're a student, faculty, or member of the public!

On October 28, the we completed our annual one-day symposium on science, technology, ethics, policy, business and religion in light of technology ethics.

This year the topic was "How Can Algorithms Be Ethical? Finding Solutions Through Dialogue," and featured amazing speakers such as Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Bishop Paul Tighe, Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education.
Watch this video from the Symposium!
Noreen Herzfeld, author of the upcoming book, The Artifice of Intelligence, will be on campus on February 7 to present her fascinating work on the intersection of Christian theology and artificial intelligence. More details coming soon!
Learn more about the author!
A hackathon is an is an idea showcase where students get together to build cool things like robots, apps, and tech policies on a short timescale and create things that can change the world.

Students participate as individuals or in teams with students across Pittsburgh to build tech and create policies for a better tomorrow.

More details coming soon! 
See the winners of last year's Make-A-Thon
The Grefenstette Center seeks scholars from all academic areas and backgrounds to contribute to the conversation around the responsible use of digital technology, broadly construed.

Scholars participate in monthly conversations, both virtual and in-person, engage their students, and develop/present their own research.

Applications open in March of 2023.
Apply to be a Grefenstette Center Undergraduate Tech Ethics Fellow for the 2023-2024 school year. Awardees receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship!

You will work on individual research projects, participate in workshops, contribute to the life of the Grefenstette Center, and more!

Applicants limited to Duquesne University undergrads for the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications will open in March of 2023.

About Us

The Grefenstette Center takes an unflinching look at the ethical intersections of science and technology by working with partners at Duquesne, in Pittsburgh, and across the world.

Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law