Rediscovering Integral Humanism

Oxford University (Pembroke College) and Ampleforth Abbey, UK

July 2-July 13, 2017


Returning from the UK

Listen to Scala students talk about the experience on the trip to Ampelforth Abbey and Oxford University in the UK.

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Aquinas and Thomism on Faith and Reason

Sunday, February 12th, 2017, 6:30-8:30

Guest: Thomas Joseph White

Director of the Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies


A Hidden Wholeness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Merton on Civil Rights

Sunday, February 26th, 2017, 6:30-8:30

Guest: Albert Raboteau

Professor of Religion, Princeton University


A Genealogy of Violence: René Girard in Dialogue

Sunday, March 26th, 2017, 6:30-8:30

Guest: James Bernard Murphy

Professor of Government, Dartmouth College


Is Western Culture Facing a New Totalitarianism?

Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:30-7:30

Guest: Carlo Lancellotti

Professor of Mathematics, City University of New York


Judging the Truth: Moral Intolerance or the Dictatorship of Relativism?

“Thou shalt not judge.”  For our contemporary culture, and especially for the typical university culture, this is the first and greatest commandment –it may be the only one. The great sin of our age, the capital vice of postmodernity, is to be judgmental.  The aim of this talk is therefore to address whether and what sense being judgmental is really a vice or a sin, and how this is related to contemporary claims about truth, tolerance, and moral relativism.  Why are claims of objective moral truth so intimidating, or even threatening, to our contemporaries?  And how can we speak to them about objective truths without being accused of being judgmental?

Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., is the Assistant Director of the Thomistic Institute and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.L. from the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2001, after having practiced constitutional law for several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America Law School and at Providence College. He is the author of The Trinitarian Christology of St. Thomas Aquinas (Oxford University Press, 2016), and is a weekly co-host of EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory show.

Thursday, October 19th

Seminars take place at Professor Mooney’s home near Princeton’s campus. Dinner is included. To find out more about these events, please email us at

“Augustine: From Friendship to a New Republic”

Prof. Peter Brown

Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus

Although he is most known for his spiritual conversation narrative and his views on the city of God and the city of man, Augustine was deeply committed to spiritual friendships and community life in a monastery. In this seminar, renowned biographer of Augustine and historian of late antiquity, Professor Peter Brown, will discuss lesser-known aspects of Augustine’s life in a monastic community and how that shaped his views of friendship, politics, and eternal life.


Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe. A native of Ireland, Professor Brown earned his B.A. in history from Oxford University (1956), where he taught until 1975 as a Fellow of All Souls College. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1986 after teaching at the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Brown’s primary interests are the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages and the rise of Christianity, and he has pursued them through investigations into such diverse topics as Roman rhetoric, the cult of the saints, the body and sexuality, and wealth and poverty. He is the author of a dozen books, including Augustine of Hippo (1967, 2000), The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992), Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianization of the Roman World (1995), The Rise of Western Christendom (1996, 2003), and Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002). Professor Brown has received honorary degrees from numerous universities, including the University of Chicago (1978), Trinity College, Dublin (1990), Wesleyan University (1993), Columbia University (2001), Harvard University (2002), and Kings College London (2008) . He has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (1982), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2001). In 2008, he won the Kluge Prize of the Library of Congress.

Friday, September 29th

Seminars take place at Professor Mooney’s home near Princeton’s campus. Dinner is included. To find out more about these events, please email us at