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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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
“Discovering the ‘Benedict Option’ in the City”
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School Library
Speakers: Professor Carlo Lancelotti, Fr. Augustine Curley OSB, Fr. Albert Holtz OSB, and moderated by Stephen Adubato
“A Conversation on the Most Pressing Issues in Faith, Science and Ethics Today”
Friday, February 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Frederick Simmons and Dr. Michael Gorman
“Gene Editing and the Human Future: Human Prerogative within the Natural Order”
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Guest: Dr. William Hurlbut
Senior Research Scholar in Neurobiology at the Stanford Medical School
“Is Human Freedom in Modernity Threatened by a New Totalitarianism?”
Friday, February 1, 2019
Guest: Professor Carlo Lancellotti
Professor of mathematical physics at CUNY and translator of Augusto Del Noce
“Beauty and Science: Insights from a Silicon Valley Engineer and Fashion Entrepreneur”
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Guest: Dr. Neda Cvijetic
“Religious Commitment and Academic Knowledge”
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Guest: Prof. Lara Buchak
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley
“The Luxury of Freedom: Elitism and the Liberal Arts”
Friday, October 19, 2018, 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, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Guest: Federico Minoli
“Creating Christian Community”
Friday, September 21, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 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, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Guest: Heiner and Kirstie Mommsen; Cheryl Johnson; and Peter Hinkey
Members of the Bruderhof Community
“Judging the Truth: Moral Intolerance or the Dictatorship of Relativism?”
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Guest: Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P.
Assistant Professor, Systematic Theology, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
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
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
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