Scala Foundation

An Academic Initiative

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

Dr. Neda Cvijetic Thursday, October 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. What is the connection between beauty and science in one’s personal and professional life? How should a woman dress fashionably in a highly-competitive, mostly male, engineering profession? Dr. Cvijetic earned...

Integrating Knowledge and Building Neo-Tribal Markets

Federico Minoli Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. Federico Minoli lectures widely at business schools in the US and internationally about the importance of integrating knowledge across fields in industrial production and neo-tribal marketing, that is, the importance of...

Creating Christian Community

Leah Libresco Friday, September 21, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Leah Libresco Sargeant will lead a workshop discussion on the sort of practical questions of Christian community-building she discusses in her book recently released book, "Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to...

Religious Commitment and Academic Knowledge

Professor Lara Buchak Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. How should someone who has religious commitments approach learning and research in the academy? When apparent conflict arises between one's religious beliefs and academic knowledge, what should one do and...

The Luxury of Freedom: Elitism and the Liberal Arts

Professor Roosevelt Montás Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. From its inception, the project of liberal arts education has been associated with social privilege. What is the nature of that association and what are its implications for liberal education today?...

Intentional Community Living in College and Beyond

Tuesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m. Leah Libresco, author of "Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers Even I Can Offer," will lead the group in a discussion of their goals for thick community after college—how does each person attending want to praise God with others? We...

The Practice Turn in Studies of Religion

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Professor Robert Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger `52 Professor of Sociology and Director of Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University Religion is commonly understood as something that people practice, whether in the presence of others...

Exploring Spiritual Aesthetics in the Henry Clay Frick Collection

Friday, February 16th, 2018 Aesthetics, including painting and decorative arts, are an often-underappreciated component of liberal arts education. At this Scala event in New York City, we will enjoy a guided tour and private meeting with a docent of the Frick...

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

Monday, February 13th, 2018 Guests: Heiner and Kirstie Mommsen, Cheryl Johnson, and Peter Hinkey. Discussion topic: Bruderhof founder Eberhard Arnold was fond of the analogy of the Church as an embassy of the coming Kingdom: present in the world, but subject to the...

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...