Science has an enormous impact on our world, for good and for ill. This means that scientists have a responsibility to consider the consequences of their work and to explain to others its potential benefits and risks.

The Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good helps mold thoughtful and responsible graduates prepared for this task through programs that unite the Ursinus culture of research and creativity with the habits of inquiry and reflection cultivated by the four questions of the Ursinus Open Questions Core Curriculum:

  • What should matter to me?
  • How should we live together?
  • How can we understand the world?
  • What will I do?

Beginning with science as one way of understanding the world, the Parlee Center challenges students to consider the connection between science and other ways of understanding – ethical, political, religious, artistic – and to ponder how science can help or hinder our efforts to live together. With programs that involve students from their earliest days on campus, the Parlee Center engages them on key issues that should matter to them, and helps guide them in choosing what they will do.

The Parlee Center supports:

September 11th, 2019

  • Sep 11 2019 7:00pm
    Richard Alley Finding the Good News on Energy and Environment
    Olin Auditorium
    Dr. Richard Alley, a world-renown expert on ice and climate change, will present the evidence that we can build a sustainable energy system that avoids the pollution causing climate change.

October 1st, 2019

October 23rd, 2019