Talks Examine Liberal Arts, Social Change

Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts explores how higher education prepares students to make social change at its 15th annual conference Feb. 4-6. The public is welcome to plenary sessions of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning.” Speakers include alumna Rachel Goble ’05, co-founder and… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Trauma Survivors’ Growth

Dr. Sarah Jirek

Sarah Jirek, assistant professor of sociology at Westmont since 2014, examines trauma survivors and their ability to reconstruct their life stories in a Gender Studies Lecture on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont College. The talk, “Narrative Reconstruction and Post-Traumatic Growth among Trauma Survivors: The Importance of Gender and Cultural… [Continue Reading]

Luncheon Features Pulitzer Prize Winner

Dr. Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning political author and professor at Stanford University, will speak about “Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison: The Moral Vision of America’s Founding” on Friday, Feb. 5, to a sold-out audience at the Biltmore Santa Barbara. The sold-out luncheon is part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American… [Continue Reading]

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]