The University in the Time of COVID-19

Continuing the discussion from our panel series on the idea of a university in the time of COVID-19, join IHE Executive Director Joseph Capizzi, IHE Fellow Margarita Mooney (professor of theology and sociology at Princeton Theological Seminary), and IHE Fellow Michael Gorman (professor of philosophy and systematic theology at The Catholic University of America) for an in-depth discussion of competing university curricula and how university curricula will be or should be affected by the crisis posed to the existence and mission of the university in the time of COVID-19.

This event is cosponsored by the Scala Foundation.

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Joseph Capizzi is an ordinary professor of moral theology at The Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism, including his book entitled, Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare. Dr. Capizzi is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.


Margarita Mooney is an Associate Professor of Congregational Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she teaches classes on philosophy of social science, research methods, religion and resilience, and sociology of religion. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. Prior to returning to Princeton in 2016, she held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina and Yale University. Her research, which has been funded by more than $3 million in grants from the John Templeton Foundation, lies at the intersection of social sciences, moral philosophy and contextual theology. Her first book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora explores how religious beliefs and practices contribute to the resilience of Haitian immigrants in Miami, Montreal and Paris. Her book manuscript in progress, tentatively entitled “Living a Broken Life, Beautifully,” explores the dignity of young adults who have suffered traumatic life events. In addition to her books and more than 20 published articles, she contributes posts to the Black, White and Gray blogon happiness, virtues, and freedom. Dr. Mooney has also led a variety of extra-curricular student reading groups and seminars exploring topics such as happiness, academic freedom, personalism and social science, faith and science, and women in leadership.

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Michael Gorman is an ordinary professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America. After serving as assistant professor of Catholic Studies at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999, he joined the faculty of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where he has taught ever since. His philosophical research focuses on questions of metaphysics and human nature, and he has a special interest in the idea that concepts in these areas are irreducibly normative. He is the author of Aquinas on the Metaphysics of the Hypostatic Union (Cambridge, 2017) and over thirty scholarly articles. Dr. Gorman earned his B.A. at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, his Ph.D. in philosophy the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in theology at Boston College.