Archives for January 2012

Talk to Focus on Global Security, Gates

Political Science Professors Tom Knecht and Susan Penksa

Westmont political science professors Susan Penksa and Tom Knecht analyze the challenges of national and global security in a free, public lecture Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. Tickets are not needed, although the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Explore Women, Religion and Media

Dr. Marla F. Frederick

Marla F. Frederick, Harvard professor of African and African-American studies and of religion, investigates “Women, Religion and Media” in a free, public lecture Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Kerrwood Hall’s Hieronymus Lounge. The Westmont Gender Studies Program and Global Christianity Series co-sponsor the talk. Frederick’s lecture will address concerns related to the rise… [Continue Reading]

Talk Probes the Battle of Science, Religion

Dr. Karl Giberson

Physicist Karl Giberson, a leading scholar in America’s creation-evolution debate, explores the question, “Are Science and Religion at War?” Friday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center, room 216. The Pascal Lecture, which is sponsored by the office of the Westmont provost, is free and open to the public. Giberson directs Gordon College’s… [Continue Reading]

New Ensemble to Perform World Premier

The Westmont College Collegium Musicum

The Westmont College Collegium Musicum, a new faculty-student musical ensemble, presents historic church cantatas and the world premiere of a new work by Steve Butler, Westmont professor of music, Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara; Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church… [Continue Reading]

‘Parenthood’ Actor Offers Life Lessons

Westmont theater arts professor Mitchell Thomas talks with actor Sam Jaeger

Sam Jaeger, who stars as Joel Graham in NBC’s “Parenthood,” stopped by Westmont Jan. 13 to talk about his college education and life as an actor. He graduated from Otterbein University, a small, private, liberal arts college in Westerville, Ohio. “Virtually everyone I love has come from a liberal arts college,” Jaeger told a crowd of… [Continue Reading]

Beebe Joins NAICU Board of Directors

Dr. Gayle Beebe

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has elected Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe to a three-year term on its board of directors. Beebe, who will be formally appointed Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C., will represent a region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington… [Continue Reading]

Weather Threatens Monthly Viewing

Weather permitting, Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will be available to Central Coast stargazers Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at about 7 p.m. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for the public to gaze… [Continue Reading]

Musical ‘Animal Farm’ to Rock Porter Theatre

Westmont theater arts professor Mitchell Thomas tackles one of the 20th century’s most enduring works, directing George Orwell’s satirical masterpiece “Animal Farm (The Musical).” The rocking show, a collaboration between the Westmont theater arts and music departments, will be performed Feb. 23-25, March 1-3 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m., all in… [Continue Reading]

Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading

William Stafford at the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service camp in 1943 .(Lewis & Clark College Special Collections)

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. Local writers Christine Kravetz and Greg… [Continue Reading]

Erasmus Lecture Probes the Sacred, Desire

Dr. Cary Howie's book "Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge"

Cary Howie, assistant professor of romance languages at Cornell University lectures about “Small Hands, Broken Fingers: Poetry, Theology and the Mysteries of the Body” at a free, public lecture on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Erasmus Society lecture is cosponsored by the Westmont Gender Studies Program…. [Continue Reading]