Talk Explores the Power of Gratitude

Dr. Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson, associate professor of education, will share her research and identify key practices of gratitude to help people flourish on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. The Westmont Downtown lecture, sponsored by the Westmont Foundation, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required; the… [Continue Reading]

Westmont to Host Leadership Conference

Keynote speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Brooks, Lynda Weinman and President Gayle D. Beebe share insights on effective and purposeful leadership in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors at the 2018 Lead Where You Stand Conference, June 6-8, at Westmont’s new Global Leadership Center. The three-day event, “Transformational Leadership in the 21st Century: Pursuing the Greater… [Continue Reading]

Author Wins Dallas Willard Center Award

The Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation honored James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, with its annual book award for “You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” during chapel Jan. 26 in Murchison Gym. Smith, the Gary and Henrietta Byker professor in applied reformed theology and worldview, has… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Explores Diversity of African Art

Nigeria, Benin Kingdom Court Style, Edo artist, Commemorative Head of a King (Oba), Brass, Early 19th century

Westmont neighbors Fima and Jere Lifshitz, who have collected African art for 40 years, exhibit many of their pieces Feb. 8 through March 24 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An opening reception for “Africa through Its Sculpture: Highlights from the Lifshitz Collection” will be Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum…. [Continue Reading]

Music Faculty Performs at Spring Recital

The performance includes Joanne Kim, Trey Farrell and Andrea Di Maggio

Westmont’s talented music faculty members perform at the Spring Faculty Recital on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. Faculty performers include Han Soo Kim (violin), Neil Di Maggio (piano), Andrea Di Maggio (flute), Robert Rockabrand (tenor), Paula Hatley (piano), Trey Farrell (oboe), Joanne… [Continue Reading]

Mallampalli Installed in Endowed Chair

Dr. Chandra Mallampalli

Chandra Mallampalli, Westmont professor of history, will be formally installed as the new Fletcher Jones Foundation professor in the social sciences on Monday, Feb. 5, during a full-regalia ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Murchison Gym. “Chandra has become a significant scholar in the study of religion in India, and we are delighted to honor him… [Continue Reading]

Author Lucado Explores Life of Faith

Andrea Lucado

Christian nonfiction author Andrea Lucado, daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, discusses the twists and turns of a life of faith on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., in Westmont’s Adams Center 216. The talk, part of the Westmont Reading Series, is free and open to the public. Andrea, author of the memoir… [Continue Reading]

Faculty to Perform Violin, Piano Recital

Dr. Han Soo Kim

Westmont music faculty members Han Soo Kim (violin) and Neil Di Maggio (piano) perform works by Mozart and Schubert at a violin and piano recital Friday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Wood Glen Hall (full recital); Saturday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. in Faulkner Gallery at the downtown Santa Barbara Public Library (participating in… [Continue Reading]

Annual Reading to Honor Poet Stafford

Paul Willis, professor of English at Westmont and former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, hosts the 12th annual community poetry reading to honor the life and work of William Stafford (1914-1993) on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, across from the Los Prietos… [Continue Reading]

Students Hope to Serve Local Community

Hundreds of Westmont students returned to campus Jan. 16 after being evacuated following the deadly Montecito mudslides to resume the spring semester. Before classes began the following day, the community gathered in the gym for a time of music, prayer and inspiration. The Westmont students, most of whom were evacuated from campus at the end… [Continue Reading]