SoCal Choirs Join voices in Choral Fest

The Westmont College Choir

The Westmont Fall Choral Festival, combining the voices of more than 450 students from 13 local high schools, is Friday, Oct. 30, at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., both in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Half of the choirs will perform at 4:45 p.m. and the remaining half will perform prior to Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Highlight Impact of Illustration

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson, associate professor of art at Westmont, reveals the collective impact of illustration on our culture in a talk Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “The Art All Around Us: Illustration and Visual Culture in America,” is free and open to the public…. [Continue Reading]

Poetry Reading Features Gary Young

Poet Gary Young (photo by Jim MacKenzie)

Gary Young, lecturer in creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will read his poetry Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center for the Visual Arts, room 216. The Westmont Reading Series event, supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst… [Continue Reading]

Museum Shows Off New Contemporary Art

Alison Saar's "Coup de Grace," a four-color lithograph on Thai kozo, 2012

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shows off some of the amazing art it has acquired in the past five years in “Saar, Serra, Surls and More: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art” Oct. 29-Dec. 19. An opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. is free and open to the public. The exhibition,… [Continue Reading]

Tuskegee President Examines Du Bois, Faith

Dr. Brian L. Johnson

Brian L. Johnson, president of Tuskegee University, delves into religious thought by one of the most significant African American thinkers on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Provost’s Lecture, “The Role of Higher Education in the Religious Transformation of W.E.B. Du Bois and Implications for the 21st-Century… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Examine Church-Based Activism

Dr. Kraig Beyerlein

Kraig Beyerlein, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, explores congregation-based support for humanitarian aid in the desert and other models of activism in a lecture on Monday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Hieronymus Lounge in Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Office of Global Education Lecture, “Flooding the Desert: Faith-Based Mobilizing to… [Continue Reading]

Free Talk to Explore ‘True Wealth’

Author Shelene Bryan

What makes us wealthy? “True Wealth,” a free talk sponsored by the Westmont Foundation Monday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the New Vic in Santa Barbara, seeks to address this question. Do we define wealth by the size of our bank account, or do we also include our emotional, physical and spiritual state of… [Continue Reading]

Viewing of Stars Features Caroline’s Rose

The Westmont Observatory

Several globular clusters will be visible at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565­-6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing… [Continue Reading]

Talk Probes Faith, Gender-Based Violence

Dr. Meredith Whitnah

Meredith Whitnah, assistant professor of sociology, examines how faith-based NGOs in South Africa that had resisted apartheid have addressed gender-based violence in a lecture Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge at Kerrwood Hall. The Gender Studies Lecture, “Faith and the Fragility of Justice: Religious Responses to Gender-Based Violence in South Africa,”… [Continue Reading]

Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 Years

The 2015-16 Westmont College Orchestra

The Westmont Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season performing brilliantly colorful music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Glazunov and Aaron Copland. The Fall Orchestra Concert, which includes a piece by alumnus Daniel Gee, adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont, is Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room, and Sunday, Oct…. [Continue Reading]