Talk Probes Christian Efforts to End Slavery

Dr. Paul Lim

Paul Lim, associate professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, examines the global movement and commitment by evangelical Christians to stop the spread of human trafficking Thursday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Founders Room in the Westmont Kerr Student Center. The Erasmus Society Lecture, “Calvin, Calcutta, and Corinth: Trinity, Trafficking, and… [Continue Reading]

Play Explores ‘Variations’ of Chekhov’s ‘Seagull’

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Westmont graduating seniors Brynn Mitchell, Elaine Pazaski and James Wong present a fresh, fierce homage to the central characters of Anton Chekhov’s classic, “The Seagull,” in “The Nina Variations” by Stephen Dietz on Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. The play, directed by Mitchell with scenography by Wong… [Continue Reading]

Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Breakfast

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 6, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, at 9… [Continue Reading]

Music, Theater Offer Opera Classics

Soprano Christine Nathanson

The Westmont Theater and Music Departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of “Pirates of Penzance,” combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” on Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 students/seniors/children, can be… [Continue Reading]

Presidential Lessons from Watergate Reporter

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Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, examined “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” for 300 people on Jan. 16 in the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore. The legendary journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, said it is not enough for a president to simply provide… [Continue Reading]

Stick, Disc Golfers Take Aim at Tourney

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Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the seventh annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment… [Continue Reading]

Observatory to Zoom in on Comet Lovejoy

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The Comet Lovejoy will tantalize stargazers at this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, Jan. 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… [Continue Reading]

Grant to Fund Science Building Remodel

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The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Science Building, which opened in 1985. “Westmont has built a strong science program that offers students the ability to do significant research with professors… [Continue Reading]

New Trustees Join Westmont Board

D. Verne Sharma

Two parents of Westmont graduates and an alumna have joined the 29-member Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. Mike Allen of Dallas, Helga Houston ’83 of Columbus, Ohio, and D. Verne Sharma of Pasadena, Calif., began serving in October. Allen, president of Providence Energy Corporation, and his wife, Melissa, have… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Canceled Due to Overcast Skies

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The Westmont Observatory is closed this evening due to poor visibility. Please check back next month for another free, public viewing on Friday, Jan. 16. Thomas Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor, will operate the powerful Keck Telescope, a 24-inch reflector, while several members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit offer celestial views with additional smaller telescopes…. [Continue Reading]