Students Arrive for Scholarship Competition


About 100 semi-finalists begin arriving at Westmont Friday, Feb. 5, for the first Augustinian Scholarship competition that will award scholarships worth at least $35,000 per year to 30 applicants. Twenty-six students receive a $140,000 four-year scholarship, and four will receive the full-tuition Monroe Award each year beginning this fall. More than 50 students will participate… [Continue Reading]

Talk Probes Global Service Impact, Value

Dr. Cynthia Toms

Cynthia Toms, director of the office of global education, dissects the debate about the value and impact of young people engaging in international volunteer service in a lecture Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Ethical International Volunteerism and Service: Moral… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Tour Northern California


The Westmont College Orchestra performs at several Northern California cities Feb. 12-15 as part of its annual spring tour. The Orchestra Tour to Yosemite includes performances in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Nevada City and Oakhurst. Admission is free to all performances, although a goodwill offering will be taken. The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of… [Continue Reading]

Brooks to Speak at President’s Breakfast

David Brooks (photo: Josh Haner)

Tickets are now on sale. Purchase tickets here. David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The Road to Character,” will speak at the 11th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, March 4, at 7 a.m. at the Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. Tickets, which cost $125 each, are available… [Continue Reading]

Talk ‘Wades with Brooks in Virtuous Waters’

Dr. Greg Spencer

Greg Spencer, professor of communication studies at Westmont, reflects on his own book, “Awakening the Quieter Virtues,” and David Brooks’ book, “The Road to Character,” in a talk on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Wading with Brooks in Virtuous Waters,” is free and… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Talk to Examine Dido Stories

John Blondell

John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, and the cast of “The Dido Project” offer a Gender Studies Lecture Demonstration on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The talk, “Laid in Earth/Consumed by Fire: Female and Male Bodies in Two Stories about Dido” takes its title from the final moments of the… [Continue Reading]

Art Talk to Reflect on Monet’s Influence

Maggie Moss-Tucker, Paul Tucker and Christine Emmons at the opening reception

Paul Tucker, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, addresses Claude Monet’s influence on French 19th century art in a lecture Monday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in Westmont’s Porter Theater. The talk, “Art from Art, Art from Life: Reflections on Monet’s Modernism,” is free and open to the public. “Tucker’s… [Continue Reading]

Talks Examine Liberal Arts, Social Change


Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts explores how higher education prepares students to make social change at its 15th annual conference Feb. 4-6. The public is welcome to plenary sessions of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning.” Speakers include alumna Rachel Goble ’05, co-founder and… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Trauma Survivors’ Growth

Dr. Sarah Jirek

Sarah Jirek, assistant professor of sociology at Westmont since 2014, examines trauma survivors and their ability to reconstruct their life stories in a Gender Studies Lecture on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont College. The talk, “Narrative Reconstruction and Post-Traumatic Growth among Trauma Survivors: The Importance of Gender and Cultural… [Continue Reading]

Luncheon Features Pulitzer Prize Winner

Dr. Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning political author and professor at Stanford University, will speak about “Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison: The Moral Vision of America’s Founding” on Friday, Feb. 5, to a sold-out audience at the Biltmore Santa Barbara. The sold-out luncheon is part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American… [Continue Reading]