Talk Probes Spirituality of Gratitude

Dr. Robert Emmons

Robert A. Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, examines the science and spirituality of gratitude in a lecture Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Provost’s Lecture, “Gratitude: The Heart of the Gospel and the Heart of Well-Being,” is free and open to the public. Please… [Continue Reading]

Theater, Art Collide in ‘Secondhand’

Theater, Art Collide in “Secondhand”

Westmont senior Connor Bush directs and stars in a new play, “Secondhand,” on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights in Westmont’s Black Box Theatre. The 40-minute production is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors Kevin Hammer and Cole Erickson also perform in… [Continue Reading]

Gibraltar Fire Advisory (9 a.m. Update)

Helicopters are landing on Westmont's Lovik Field and being refilled with water to battle the GibraltarFire

(Friday Update 9 a.m.)  Thanks to the incredible efforts of firefighters and air crews yesterday, the situation with the Gibraltar Fire continues to be stable. All classes and activities at Westmont, including Preview Days, will proceed as usual. The evacuation zones were lifted as of 8 a.m. Containment is at 50 percent. Road closures remain in… [Continue Reading]

Panel Examines Serra’s California Legacy

A statue of Junipero Serra at Santa Barbara Mission

Several notable scholars will explore the history and legacy of Junipero Serra, the primary founder of the California missions, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The panel discussion, “New Thoughts on Junipero Serra and His Legacy for California,” is free and open to the public. The life… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explains ‘Why Liberals Win Culture Wars’

Dr. Stephen Prothero (photo by Vernon Doucette)

Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, examines culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular in a lecture “Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars,” Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210). The World Christianity and Adams… [Continue Reading]

Heiduk Headlines Teaching Conference

Westmont student teachers provide hands-on workshops for participants to learn about the teaching profession

Allison Heiduk, Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Let’s Talk Teaching Conference on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. at Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room. Heiduk, a third-grade teacher at Vieja Valley Elementary School in the Hope School District, will speak to about 75 Santa Barbara… [Continue Reading]

Scholarship Makes Westmont More Affordable


Beginning in fall 2016, Westmont will award scholarships covering $140,000 for four years of study to 30 applicants each year. An extraordinary gift from a generous donor will fund the new Augustinian Scholarship and Honors Program. By 2019, 120 Augustinian Scholars will benefit each year from significant financial assistance and challenging coursework. “In the fifth… [Continue Reading]

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]