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


to liveReel Talk: "To Live"

with Mark Sargent and Helen Rhee


Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Room 216


For China, the last hundred years have seen almost unimaginable social, economic, and political change. In a handful of decades in the middle of the last century, China was almost entirely remade, resulting in widespread turmoil whose consequences can still be felt today. Zhang Yimou's masterpiece "To Live" treats the experience of a single family in this tumltuous period, juxtaposing the ordinary drama of human relationships with the grand--and in many ways inhuman--aspirations of the Chinese state. Join Provost Mark Sargent and Westmont in Asia faculty Helen Rhee for discussion of this universal story of love and perseverence.



tug postcardArtists' Talk: "tug"

Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli



Art Department and Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Lecture

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.

Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Room 216


Goodman and Puccinelli’s art is often tough. The prints, drawings, sculptures, and installation pieces in this exhibition address racial and gender stereotypes, war and violence, the environment, the consequences of poverty, and so much more. The works are charged with the artistic duo’s signature stinging and uncomfortable humor, always used as a tool of social commentary. Coincident with the opening of their new show at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, come hear these gifted Santa Barbara artists in conversation about their work.



evertThe Role of Global Health in Social Change and Development 

Jessica Evert

Executive Director, Child Family Health International


Office of Global Development Lecture

Thursday, September 24, 2 p.m.

Winter Hall Room 210


Dr. Jessica Evert is the executive director of Child Family Health International and faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. A graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, she is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards. Her books include the seminal texts Developing Global Health Programs and Global Health Education: A Guidebook. Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad.