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





Click here for full information about the 2017 Conversation on the Liberal Arts.


In a time of ecological degradation and climate crisis, how can the tools of liberal education direct our engagement with the natural world?


Join us at Westmont College in Santa Barbara March 23-25, 2017 for the 16th annualĀ Conversation on the Liberal Arts, "Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet." We'll consider the many ways that liberal education might invite attentiveness to one's environment. We'll also share ideas for developing and sustaining programs, pedagogies, and curricula that more effectively address environmental concerns.


How is the "ecology" of teaching and learning embedded in the natural world? Come join the conversation.


Who should attend?

Our conversation will include a broad array of participants: faculty who want to deepen their engagement with environmental concerns; college or university administrators looking for structural ways to promote environmental awareness; undergraduate or graduate students whose scholarship or experience point toward environmental advocacy; environmental activists or other practitioners; and anyone with an interest in the value and practice of liberal education.


The deadline to register is March 14, 2017.