Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics

Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law

With an initial gift of $1.5 million from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, Duquesne University's new interdisciplinary center explores the intersection between ethics and science, technology and law from a Catholic faith-based perspective.

As a University-wide initiative, the center will draw on the expertise and resources of Duquesne's nine schools to conduct sponsored research and organize conferences, symposia and other scholarly endeavors. Microcredentials, certificates and graduate degree programs are also envisioned for future development.

Valued Community Partnerships

The center will help Duquesne strengthen partnerships with leading research institutions, like University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University; with professional organizations, like the Pittsburgh Region Bioethics Partnership; with other Catholic colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania; and with scholars and communities of different faith traditions across the globe.

About Carl G. Grefenstette

The center's namesake, Carl G. Grefenstette, is a prominent 1950 graduate of Duquesne's business school, who spent more than 30 years with The Hillman Company before retiring as its president and chief executive officer. Grefenstette serves as vice president of the Hillman Family Foundations. He served on Duquesne's board of directors from 1979 to 1998, is a member of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne Alumni and received an honorary degree from the University in 1990.