‘Parenthood’ Actor Offers Life Lessons

Westmont theater arts professor Mitchell Thomas talks with actor Sam Jaeger

Sam Jaeger, who stars as Joel Graham in NBC’s “Parenthood,” stopped by Westmont Jan. 13 to talk about his college education and life as an actor. He graduated from Otterbein University, a small, private, liberal arts college in Westerville, Ohio. “Virtually everyone I love has come from a liberal arts college,” Jaeger told a crowd of… [Continue Reading]

Beebe Joins NAICU Board of Directors

Dr. Gayle Beebe

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has elected Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe to a three-year term on its board of directors. Beebe, who will be formally appointed Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C., will represent a region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington… [Continue Reading]

Weather Threatens Monthly Viewing


Weather permitting, Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will be available to Central Coast stargazers Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at about 7 p.m. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for the public to gaze… [Continue Reading]

Musical ‘Animal Farm’ to Rock Porter Theatre


Westmont theater arts professor Mitchell Thomas tackles one of the 20th century’s most enduring works, directing George Orwell’s satirical masterpiece “Animal Farm (The Musical).” The rocking show, a collaboration between the Westmont theater arts and music departments, will be performed Feb. 23-25, March 1-3 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m., all in… [Continue Reading]

Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading

William Stafford at the Los Prietos Civilian Public Service camp in 1943 .(Lewis & Clark College Special Collections)

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. Local writers Christine Kravetz and Greg… [Continue Reading]

Erasmus Lecture Probes the Sacred, Desire

Dr. Cary Howie's book "Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge"

Cary Howie, assistant professor of romance languages at Cornell University lectures about “Small Hands, Broken Fingers: Poetry, Theology and the Mysteries of the Body” at a free, public lecture on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Erasmus Society lecture is cosponsored by the Westmont Gender Studies Program…. [Continue Reading]

Reading Features Accomplished Poet Scott Cairns

Dr. Scott Cairns

Scott Cairns, director of the University of Missouri’s Creative Writing Program and Center for the Literary Arts, will read his poetry Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Hieronymus Lounge at Kerrwood Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. Cairns, who earned a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, has written many published… [Continue Reading]

Wardrobe Returns to Westmont After Tour

The wardrobe was featured at the Narnia exhibition opening in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2008

Westmont’s famed C.S. Lewis wardrobe has returned from a four-year international tour as part of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition.” The wardrobe, which was purchased in 1974 from the Kilns, C.S. Lewis’s Oxford home, will be the center of attention at a welcome-back reception Friday, Jan. 20, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. The… [Continue Reading]

Ochieng to Examine the Complexity of MLK

Dr. Omedi Ochieng

Omedi Ochieng, Westmont associate professor of communication studies, discusses “The Articulation of Prophetic Wisdom: Martin Luther King Jr. in the African-American Intellectual Tradition” as part of Westmont’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall, room 210 in Winter Hall. The lecture is free… [Continue Reading]

Musicians to Perform Beethoven, Brahms

Violinist Philip Ficsor of American Double performs Jan. 13

American Double, a duo featuring violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse, will perform works by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The first half of the performance features two sonatas in G, Beethoven’s Sonata… [Continue Reading]