Our goal...

is to gather a small group of people to explore ideas through an informal, yet thoughtful, discussion. All of these seminars will take place at Professor Mooney’s home near Princeton’s campus. We will share a meal together and the guest speaker will moderate a discussion on the seminar topic. To find out more about these events, please email us at

“Scala is unique in that following each lecture is the opportunity to dine together, and I found the informal conversation that happened while sharing a meal was just as rewarding as the lecture.” – Graham M., Princeton Theological Seminary graduate

“Scala has been a wonderful community for me this semester…I found a culturally enriching, yet friendly environment in which to tackle big issues that are often pushed aside in the academic curriculum.” – Federica Q., Princeton University graduate student

“Scala is the community I had hoped to find in graduate school. The seminars and trips foster the pursuit of truth and rich community that, unfortunately, often does not happen organically and is not championed enough outside the classroom.” Peter B., Princeton Theological Seminary graduate

“Scala fosters a lively setting in which discussion participants are not afraid to articulate their views, knowing that others will charitably engage them. As a result, there is a true sense of camaraderie and an acknowledgment that we are a community of learners pursuing the truth together.” Elly B., Princeton University graduate

Upcoming Events

“Beauty and Science: Insights from a Silicon Valley Engineer and Fashion Entrepreneur”

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Guest: Dr. Neda Cvijetic

“Religious Commitment and Academic Knowledge”

Sunday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.


Guest: Prof. Lara Buchak

Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley

Past Events

“The Luxury of Freedom: Elitism and the Liberal Arts”

Friday, October 19, 3:30 p.m.

Guest: Prof. Roosevelt Montás

Director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia College

“Integrating Knowledge and Building Neo-Tribal Markets”

Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.

Guest: Federico Minoli

“Creating Christian Community”

Friday, September 21, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Guest: Leah Libresco

Author of Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three Together in His Name

“The Practice Turn in Studies of Religion”

Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:00 p.m.

Guest: Prof. Robert Wuthnow

Gerhard R. Andlinger `52 Professor of Sociology and Director of Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

“Exploring Spiritual Aesthetics in the Henry Clay Frick Collection”

Friday, February 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Frick Collection, New York, NY

“The Bruderhof: A Community in the Spirit of the Sermon on the Mount and the Radical Reformation”

Tuesday, February 13th, 6:00 p.m.

Guest: Heiner and Kirstie Mommsen; Cheryl Johnson; and Peter Hinkey

Members of the Bruderhof Community

“Augustine: From Friendship to a New Republic”

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Guest: Prof. Peter Brown

Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, Princeton University

Aquinas and Thomism on Faith and Reason

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

Guest: Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP

Director of the Thomistic Institute, Dominican House of Studies

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

Thursday, October 19th

Guest: Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.

Assistant Professor, Systematic Theology, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception

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