Hebrew Bible Lecture Explores the Torah

Michael Fishbane

A widely-published author and winner of two National Jewish Book Awards will speak as part of the annual Westmont-UC Santa Barbara Hebrew Bible Lecture. Michael Fishbane, Nathan Cummings professor of Jewish studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will speak on “The Ideals of Torah and Torah-study in the Psalms,” Thursday, Nov. 2, in… [Continue Reading]

Ceramics Exhibit to Break the Mold

Eighteen nationally and internationally known artists will display custom-made teapots, cups and other unique ceramic works Thursday, Nov. 2, through Dec. 15. in Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery. There will be an opening discussion and reception for “Form and Function: A Ceramics Invitational,” Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. The show will overflow with custom works, highlighting… [Continue Reading]

400 to Join Voices for Fall Choral Festival

Shasberger Conducting

Singers from eight high schools will join Westmont’s men’s and women’s chorales, chamber singers and college choir for the Fall Choral Festival Concert, Friday, Oct. 27, at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 East Cota Street, at 7 p.m. The concert is free, but seating is limited. The evening will include performances from each different singing… [Continue Reading]

Unique Concert Features Works of Bolcom

Philip Fiscor

The American Double, a violin-piano ensemble, will perform a unique concert featuring all of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s works for violin and piano. “The Bolcom Project” will be performed as part of the Kerrytown Concert House Classical Series, Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. at the concert house, 415 North Fourth Avenue in Ann… [Continue Reading]

Gurney Helps Others Improve Communication

Andrea Gurney

Andrea Gurney knew she wanted to become a psychologist when she was 13 years old. When Gurney’s parents separated, she moved with her mother and sister from New York to Arizona. She remembers going to a family therapist at that time and how it helped provide stability and helped the family to openly communicate with… [Continue Reading]

Philosopher Settles into Endowed Chair

Mark Nelson

A day of events at Westmont this month will celebrate Mark Nelson, new Dr. Kenneth and Peggy Monroe professor of philosophy. The endowed chair was created by former Westmont professor Kenneth Monroe, who died in 1987, and his wife, Peggy, who died in February 2004. Nelson started teaching at Westmont this fall, after spending his… [Continue Reading]

Lecture To Explore Science and Religion


One of the world’s leading experts on science and religion will speak at Westmont, Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge. Denis Alexander is head of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, supervising research in molecular genetics, and director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College at Cambridge University…. [Continue Reading]

Downtown Talk Examines Islam, The West


Charles Farhadian, assistant professor of religious studies, will speak on “Can Islam Save the West?” at the first fall event of the Westmont Downtown lecture series, Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. Farhadian will explore the relationship between Islam and the West, highlighting a variety of influential… [Continue Reading]

New Psychology Professor Settles In

Steve Rogers

Steven Rogers says he enjoys conducting individual psychotherapy and neuropsychological research, but admits his deep passion is working with students. After earning his doctorate, he was a neuropsychology chief fellow at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute when a full-time teaching job opened up at Westmont. He liked the focus on undergraduate education. “Coming here is a dream… [Continue Reading]

All the World's a Stage

John Blondell

Int’l Theatre Festival Converges on Santa Barbara Santa Barbara will soon host the first international Shakespeare festival in the nation, thanks in large part to the vision and work of John Blondell, Westmont theater arts professor. The Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival will feature 11 days of events celebrating Shakespeare, Thursday, Oct. 12, through Sunday,… [Continue Reading]