The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts was established in 2000 with the goal of strengthening liberal arts education locally and nationally. The Institute hosts scholarly conversation on the present and future of the liberal arts, provides liberal arts opportunities to area communities outside the academy, promotes educational access for first-generation and underserved populations, and fosters interdisciplinary contact between faculty and students through extracurricular events on campus.



Upcoming Programs


food chainsReel Talk Screening: "Food Chains"

Hosted by Mark Sargent and Cynthia Toms Smedley


Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Room 216


We're living through a food renaissance--there's more interest in growing, cooking, and eating good and interesting food than at any other time in living memory. Yet few of us give much thought to the people whose labor supports these life-giving activities. "Food Chains" tells the story of a group of farmworkers struggling to make a life on the margins of this booming food economy. The film challenges us to enter their experience--in migrant camps, on transport trucks, and most of all in the fields--along the way providing powerful encouragement to rethink our relationships and responsibilities to one another in a complex economy. Hosted by Provost Mark Sargent and Cynthia Toms Smedley, Director of the Office of Global Education. Free and open to the public.