In collaboration with Villanova University's Center for Liberal Education, the McGowan Center publishes the forum "Ethics in Focus" once per year in the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.

The forum focuses on a topic of pressing interest in the field of ethics and comprises an introduction by the McGowan Center's Director and a number of contributions, responding to this introduction, from scholars with expertise on the topic in question.

The inaugural forum, which appeared in Expositions 7/1 (2013), concerns the questions of what should and realistically can be the aims of ethics education at the college level. Similarly, the forum in Expositions 10/1 (2016) discusses obstacles and opportunities for the integration of Catholic social thought (CST) in college curricula. In 2015, Expositions 9/1 considered the aims of Catholic higher education more broadly, with seven articles from the King's conference "The Idea of a Catholic College."

Other iterations have focused on books that have generated much discussion. The 2014 forum, in Expositions 8/2, concerns philosopher Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos, in particular its arguments for moral realism. The forum to be published in 2019 concerns philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre's Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity, in particular its implications for the teaching of ethics.

Seeking to contribute to the law, the forum in Expositions 11/1 (2017) concerns the ethics of cooperation with wrongdoing, in particular as it applies to U.S. Supreme Court cases like Hobby Lobby and Zubik v. Burwell. See, for an overview, this online-only article in the magazine Commonweal. Seeking to contribute to the Church, the whole of Expositions 12/1 (2018) was devoted to a forum on the future of just war theory in Catholic social thought. See, for an overview, this post on the blog Catholic Moral Theology.