Mars, Saturn, Full Moon at Public Viewing

Westmont Observatory overlooking Carr Field

Saturn and Mars, hanging low on the southern sky, will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, Sept. 16, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom… [Continue Reading]

Panel Talk to Explore ‘What is Gender?’

Dr. Meredith Whitnah

Amanda Sparkman, assistant professor of biology, Sameer Yadav, assistant professor of religious studies, and Meredith Whitnah, assistant professor of sociology, examine the ways gender might be defined in their respective disciplines on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. “What is Gender?” co-sponsored by the gender studies program and… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Electoral Law, Constitution

Derek Muller

Derek Muller, associate professor of law at Pepperdine University, examines the historical and legal perspective of electoral law in a Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. “From Adams v. Jefferson to Trump v. Clinton: Elections and the Framers’ Constitution,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation… [Continue Reading]

Staged Reading Explores Immigration

Mitchell Thomas Directed "Good Day" in 2015

Westmont College Festival Theatre launches the first of three staged readings by international playwrights to explore diverse global issues on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Nocturnal,” written by Juan Mayorga and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont professor of theater, is free and open to the public. “Westmont is taking a college-wide… [Continue Reading]

Faculty Recital Features Sonos Winds

Sonos Winds: Andrea Di Maggio, Trey Farrell, Steven Gross, Andy Radford and Joanne Kim

The fall 2016 Westmont Faculty Recital, featuring the Stravinsky Trio and the four-member Sonos Winds, is Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The trio includes Han Soo Kim (violin), Joanne Kim (clarinet) and… [Continue Reading]

Congressmen Examine Bipartisanship

Congressman Frank Wolf and Ambassador Tony P. Hall

Congressman Frank Wolf, a Republican who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives for 34 years, and Ambassador Tony P. Hall, a Democrat who represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years and served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.’s Agencies for Food and Agriculture, discuss the importance… [Continue Reading]

Chapman Explores Immigration in Britain

Dr. Chapman Alister

Alister Chapman, a British expat who serves as professor of history at Westmont, offers his European perspectives on how immigration has changed the continent Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Immigration: The Best Thing for Britain Since Sliced Bread?” is… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Comb ‘Sustainable Beekeeping’

Paul Cronshaw, president of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, explores the critical ecological importance of bees in agriculture at a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Founders Dining Room. “Sustainable Beekeeping 101,” the first lecture in Westmont’s Sustainability Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. The Santa Barbara Beekeepers help… [Continue Reading]

Founder of Westmont Foundation Dies at 93

Larry Crandell with the Westmont Medal at Commencement 2005 with Foundation members Gary Harris, Marguerite Berti, Tim Tremblay, Gerd Jordano, Stewart Abercrombie, Sharon Clenet, David Yager, Pier Gherini, President David K. Winter

Larry Crandell, a founder of the Friends of Westmont and the college’s first Westmont Medal recipient, has died. He was 93. Affectionately known as Mr. Santa Barbara, Crandell co-founded the Friends of Westmont in 1990 to provide support for the college during the approval process for Las Barrancas, the faculty homes adjacent to campus. Crandell… [Continue Reading]

Notable Professors Join Westmont Faculty

Dr. Serah Shani

Four distinguished tenure-track professors join Westmont’s faculty this fall: Elizabeth Gardner (communication studies), Carmen McCain (English), Jonathan Mitchell (physics) and Serah Shani (anthropology). Gardner, a graduate of Houghton College, earned a master’s degree and is finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland, where she has also taught several classes in public speaking, rhetorical criticism,… [Continue Reading]