Researcher to Examine Biosciences, Faith

Dr. Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander, emeritus director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Fellow at the University of Cambridge, lectures about the biosciences and how they relate to Christian faith in two separate talks. The Pascal Society Lecture, “Whatever Happened to Adam and Eve?” is on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. He examines the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Stages Rare Classic Opera Duet


Westmont’s music and theater departments collaborate to stage two rarely seen classics in an ambitious, one-of-a-kind, dramatic operatic event Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Westmont will pair “Dido and Aeneas” (1688), composed by Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate, with Christopher Marlowe’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage” (published 1594). Audiences… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Turns Toward the Crescent Moon

Westmont Observatory

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will zoom in on the crescent moon Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for… [Continue Reading]

Students Research West Side Food Quality


Three Westmont students have presented their research about the availability and quality of food in the West Side of Santa Barbara to more than two dozen community members of the Westside Impact Group and Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Kaitlynn Durham, Hailey Harper and Carly Richardson, students in Food Systems and Global Health, a course… [Continue Reading]

Alumnus Wins Prestigious National Award

Joel Daniel Phillips displayed his work at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in 2012

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has recognized Westmont alumnus Joel Daniel Phillips ’11 for his submission to the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, the most prestigious portrait competition in the United States. Phillip’s portrait, “Eugene #4,” a 6-foot-tall charcoal and graphite on paper, is one of seven chosen to win a prize at the opening… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Earns Grant for Youth Theology


Westmont has received a grant of $590,400 to establish Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, a high school youth theology institute. Part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, Trailhead seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Celebrates 19th Century French Culture

Eugène Boudin's "The Port of Bordeaux"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art showcases work by some of the most recognized names in the annals of art history Jan. 14-March 19. “Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France” features more than two dozen works from the Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree collection. An opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m., is free and open… [Continue Reading]

Three Join Westmont Board of Trustees

Tom Nguyen

The Westmont Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Dave Gehring, advisor for Guardian News and Media; Tom Nguyen, managing director of U.S. sales for China International Capital Corp. (CICC); and Jim Richardson, senior management consultant and director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities. The 31-member board oversees the operations of the college. Gehring, who… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Showcases ‘Humbug!’ at Westmont

Nina Sallinen (Scrooge) and Stanley Hoffman in 'Humbug!'

John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, uses six actors to portray 20 characters in Dickens’ Christmas classic, “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont College’s Porter Theatre. Blondell’s Lit Moon Theatre Company first produced the show in 2007. Tickets are $10 for adults, students and… [Continue Reading]

Gergen Examines Reagan, Leadership

Gergen Speaking

Given the current political landscape, David Gergen offered a voice of optimism as he spoke to 170 people about his experiences as former adviser to four U.S. presidents on Nov. 20 at the Coral Casino. The luncheon was part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society. Gergen claimed his… [Continue Reading]