Event Explores Liberal Arts, Fragile Planet

Dr. Cheri Larsen Hoeckley speaks at the 2016 Conversation on the Liberal Arts

Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts examines ways a liberal arts education might encourage sustainability and ecological efforts at its 16th annual conference March 23-25. Plenary sessions of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet” are free and open to the public. Registration, which includes all meals Friday dinner… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Explore Organic Growing, Coffee

Jay Ruskey with one of his coffee plants (photo by Michelle Nunes)

Jay Ruskey, owner of Good Land Organics, a 42-acre farm in Goleta that specializes in exotic sub-tropical crops, examines organic growing practices and groundbreaking work growing coffee in California on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at Founders Room in the Westmont Kerr Student Center. The Sustainability Speaker Series lecture, “Organic Growing Practices and California… [Continue Reading]

Luncheon to Train Effective Leaders

Dr. Douglas McKenna

Doug McKenna, CEO and executive director of the Center of Organizational Leadership, Oceanside Institute, speaks about “The Four Disciplines of Effective Leaders” at a luncheon Friday, Feb. 17, from noon-2 p.m. in Page Hall at Westmont. Tickets to the event, part of the Mosher Center lecture series, Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, cost… [Continue Reading]

Award-Winning YA Novelist to Read

Author Sara Zarr

Sara Zarr, an award-winning young adult novelist, will read selections of her work Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The event, part of the Westmont Reading Series, is free and open to the public. A selection of her books will be available for sale and signing. Zarr has… [Continue Reading]

Talk Redefines Borders, Human Experience

Chris and Cheri Larsen-Hoeckley and Liz Robertson near the Arizona border

Several Westmont faculty and staff members will explore issues about immigration and migration in a free panel discussion, “Redefining Borders: From Political to the Personal,” on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more… [Continue Reading]

Duhigg Explores Habit, Leadership at Luncheon

Charles Duhigg spoke Jan. 20 at the Coral Casino

Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, discussed how we form habits and develop mental routines at a Jan. 20 luncheon at the Coral Casino at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara. His talk, “The Habitual Pursuit of Excellence,” focused on teaching better leadership skills. About 160 people attended the Mosher Foundation… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Faith, Wealth and Poverty

Roy Goble ’81, president of Pathlight International, explores the tension between living in an age of great wealth and great poverty in a lecture about his book, “Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts,” Thursday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall room 212. The Global Studies Lecture,… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. James Rogers

James Rogers, founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, lectures about “Recycling Nature’s Intelligent Design” Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Founders Room in the Westmont Kerr Student Center. The talk, part of Westmont’s Sustainability Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6082. Apeel Sciences, a Santa… [Continue Reading]

Willis Reads Poetry from ‘Gardisky Lake’

Paul Willis Teaching

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont, will read from his new book of poetry, “Getting to Gardisky Lake” (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Students from Willis’ first-year honors seminar… [Continue Reading]

McChrystal Speaks at Westmont Breakfast

General Stanley McChrystal

General Stan McChrystal, a bestselling author, a popular college teacher and one of the most revered military officers of his generation, will speak at the 12th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 3, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. Tickets cost $125 per person… [Continue Reading]