Scala seminars explore ideas through informal, yet thoughtful, discussions

“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

POSTPONED: “Searching for the Authentic Self: Plato, St. Augustine, and Emerson”

Date TBD 

at Columbia University, American Studies Library, 319 Hamilton Hall


Speaker: Professor Roosevelt Montás

Senior Lecturer in American Studies and English, Columbia University

Past Events

“Being Human in the Modern World: The Enduring Importance of the Idea of the Person”

Abigail Adams Institute and Scala Foundation Faculty Colloquium

February 28 and 29, 2020

at Abigail Adams Institute, Cambridge, MA


Speaker: Professor Margarita Mooney

Professor of Practical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Founder and Executive Director, Scala Foundation

“A Vocation-Virtue Tandem: A Meta-Model for Mental Health and Spiritual Flourishing”

Friday, February 14, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

at Adams House, Princeton Theological Seminary


Speaker: Dr. Craig Titus

Professor, Director of the Department of Integrative Studies, Divine Mercy University

“An Education that Nurtures Freedom: What Is the Goal of Schooling?”

Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

at Crossroads Auditorium (125 Maiden Lane, 15th Floor, NY, NY)


Speakers: Drs. Margarita Mooney and Roosevelt Montás

“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

“The Soul of Higher Education”

Monday, November 18th, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Guest: Professor Bo Karen Lee

Associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary

“St. Augustine, His Confessions, and Influence”

Thursday, October 17th, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Guest: Professor Paul Rorem

Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Medieval Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary

“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

“Inspiring Women Leaders for the 21st Century”

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.


Guest: Carrie Lukas

President, Independent Women’s Forum

“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

“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

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

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