Schedule: 2015-2016

Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment

Andrea Gurney, Associate Professor of Psychology

5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015
University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St.

Are early relational experiences really that important to the development of a person? Do the bonds we form in childhood make a difference in later intimate relationships such as our marriages? Beginning with animal studies conducted in the 1950s, Gurney will present classic and revolutionary research in the field of attachment and child development and discuss the development of children’s Internal Working Model (IWM). As a practicing clinical psychologist, Gurney will discuss the four different attachment styles and the ways they affect relationships in childhood and adulthood. She will also consider the impact of parenting practices on the emotional world of children.

The Art All Around Us: Illustration and Visual Culture in America

Scott Anderson, Associate Professor of Art

5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015
University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St.

Our society understands that art shapes culture. But people may be less aware of the specific role the niche of illustration plays in affecting the world around us, from creating pop culture iconography to influencing political opinion. An award-winning illustrator with clients including The Wall Street Journal and Variety, Scott Anderson will discuss the working life of the contemporary illustrator and present a slideshow of powerful imagery that celebrates various milestones of illustration. Anderson will contend that the collective impact of illustration on our culture, while often subconsciously unnoticed, is nonetheless profound.

Wading with Brooks into Virtuous Waters

Greg Spencer, Professor of Communication Studies

5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016
University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St.

Reflecting on his own book, “Awakening the Quieter Virtues,” and on “The Road to Character” by David Brooks, Spencer will discuss the importance of developing values that shape our lives and relationships. Brooks, a New York Times columnist, best-selling author and commentator, will speak at Westmont’s President’s Breakfast Friday, March 4, 2016. In preparation for this talk, Spencer will consider Brooks’ distinction between “resume virtues,” achieving wealth, fame and status, and “eulogy virtues,” which include qualities such as kindness, bravery, honesty and faithfulness. In “Awakening the Quieter Virtues,” Spencer devotes chapters to overlooked qualities such as innocence, authenticity, contentment and generosity. He believes these quieter virtues get shouted down by our noisy, media-saturated culture.

Violence in the Holy Land Then and Now

Bruce Fisk, Professor of Religious Studies

Caryn Reeder, Associate Professor of New Testament

5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016
University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St.

Two religious studies professors will reflect on domestic violence and wars of conquest in the Bible and in the contemporary Middle East, drawing on their work and experiences there. Bruce Fisk has visited the Middle East dozens of times, exploring the area and doing research. The author of “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground,” he has led six student programs in the region in the last 10 years. Caryn Reeder lived in Jerusalem from 1999-2001 and led a student program in the Middle East in 2012. She spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the West Bank in 2013-2014, teaching at a Palestinian university and conducting research. Her work examined women, chil- dren and war in biblical and classical antiquity.