Tuskegee Airmen Visit Westmont

Five members of the Los Angeles chapter of the famous Tuskegee Airmen will visit Westmont for a colloquium and reception with students 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in Page Multipurpose Room on the upper campus. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American fighter pilot squadron of the U.S. Armed Forces. Instituted in 1939 in Tuskegee, Ala.,… [Continue Reading]

Wandering Poet to Give Evening Reading

Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye will read from various collections of her poems 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Victoria Hall, downtown Santa Barbara. After the reading, Nye will hold a book signing (books may be purchased at the event). Nye also will speak in Westmont’s chapel 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 on “The Light that Shines… [Continue Reading]

Conversation on Science and Religion asks the Right Questions

The next Westmont Downtown Conversation, “Science and Religion: Time for Divorce or Renewal of Vows?” will explore some historical clashes between science and religion. Chemistry Professor Niva Tro will speak 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18, at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The lecture is free and open to the public. “In the popular arena,… [Continue Reading]

Christmas in Song

Hear and sing traditional music of the season when Westmont’s choral groups and instrumental ensembles present their holiday concert “Christ, the Prince of Peace,” 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Santa Barbara. Admission is free, although a donation will be requested. Performing will be the Westmont College Choir and… [Continue Reading]

Short, Sweet and Surreal Dance

Westmont Windancers’ fall dance program, “Cirque: Short, Sweet and Surreal,” offers a circus of surprising twists and turns 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in Porter Theatre. Refreshments and a question-and-answer time follow the short recital. Directed and choreographed by dance Professor Erlyne Whiteman, the production features choreography by theater arts instructor Vicki Finlayson and… [Continue Reading]

Kenosis, If a Soul Could Sing

The premiere public performance of “Kenosis,” an original composition of spiritual poetry set to contemporary music, will be 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Center Stage Theater, Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center in downtown Santa Barbara. “Kenosis” is based on a collection of poems, “Kenosis: A Song Cycle,” written by English Professor Randall J. VanderMey. It… [Continue Reading]

An Evening of Jazz

The Westmont Big Band and three combos will perform the best of their work at the Jazz Ensemble Concert 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in Deane Chapel. Admission is free. The 15-piece big band, directed by music instructor Ron McCarley, will feature both swing music and more contemporary big band music. “One piece is a tribute… [Continue Reading]

A Fall Music Classic

Enjoy the sounds of classical music 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Westmont Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. “The concert will be fun as well as classical and formal,” Wind Ensemble director Ron McCarley said. “As a special finale we will feature a piece… [Continue Reading]

What Makes Baby Girls Different?

Hebrew Bible expert Alan Cooper will speak on “What Makes Baby Girls Different: Leviticus 12 and “Original Sin” 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Hieronymus Lounge as part of the annual Westmont-UCSB Lecture on the Hebrew Bible. The event, sponsored by the religious studies departments at Westmont and UCSB and the Westmont provost’s office, is free… [Continue Reading]

Is the Universe Fine-Tuned?

Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “Is the Universe Fine-Tuned?” 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Porter Theatre. The event, sponsored by the Pascal Society, is free and open to the public. According to McMullin, two developments in the first half of the 20th… [Continue Reading]