Observatory Opens for Public Viewing

The Westmont Observatory

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will be available Friday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting several hours. The viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for public use. The Keck Telescope… [Continue Reading]

College Dedicates Leadership Center

President Beebe and Board of Trustee Chair Peter Thorrington cut the ribbon

About 400 people gathered at Westmont’s Global Leadership Center (GLC) to officially dedicate the central building and two surrounding residence halls on Oct. 13. The college, which celebrated its 80th year at Homecoming festivities during the weekend, developed the idea for the building about seven years ago following a 25-city listening tour led by President… [Continue Reading]

Symposium Features Top Art Historians

Renowned critics, academics and Guatemalan art historians will be featured at a day-long symposium exploring Guatemalan visual art production from the 1960s to the present day on Friday, Oct. 20, at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. The event, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, is the culmination of… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Examine Environmental Solutions

Dr. Roland Geyer

Roland Geyer, an associate professor of industrial ecology and green supply chain management at UC Santa Barbara, explains the unique academic programs offered at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Founders Room. The Sustainability Speakers Series Lecture, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Solutions,” is… [Continue Reading]

Young Voices in Harmony at Choral Fest

The 2017-18 Westmont College Choir

This year’s annual Fall Choral Festival, featuring 12 ensembles from 11 high schools and the Westmont Choir, Choral Union and Chamber Singers, is Friday, Oct. 27, at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m., both at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Half of the choirs will perform at 4:45 p.m. and the remaining half will… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra Concert Honors Reformation

The 2017-18 Westmont Orchestra

The Westmont Orchestra Fall Concert features musical celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and solo performances by two Westmont piano students on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd., and Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets, which… [Continue Reading]

College to Dedicate Leadership Center

A ribbon-cutting for the GLC is Oct. 13

President Gayle D. Beebe and the Westmont Board of Trustees officially dedicate the new Global Leadership Center (GLC) on Friday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. The free, public ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature several speeches, the Westmont College Choir and conclude with a tour of the new 45,000-square-foot facility. Featured speakers include Beebe, Reed Sheard, vice… [Continue Reading]

Batstone to Explore Why ‘Charity is Dead’

David Batstone in Barcelona (photo: Louise Andersen)

Westmont alumnus David Batstone ’80, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist whose current work engages human rights activism around the globe, will give a lecture about “Charity is Dead: Reinventing Compassion and World Change” on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Westmont in San Francisco and Global Studies… [Continue Reading]

Theater Stages Play Of Corruption, Power

“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” a satire examining the nature of power and the tools of fear, corruption and oppression, premieres Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m., all at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. General… [Continue Reading]

Renowned Violinist Performs Recital

Niv Ashkenazi

Niv Ashkenazi, world-renowned violinist, will perform on Friday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in a masterclass at the music department rehearsal room followed by a performance at 5 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The recital… [Continue Reading]