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.
Reel Talk: "Zootopia"
with Cynthia Toms and Sameer Yadav, hosted by Mark Sargent
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00pm
Last year's "Zootopia" treats in a lighthearted way some fairly heavy themes: difference, fear, and violence. That these troubling subjects are fair game for a talking-animal movie might say something interesting about American society's sensibilities in an age marred by terror and demagoguery. Following the film, Mark Sargent hosts conversation with Sameer Yadav (Religious Studies) and Cynthia Toms (Kinesiology). This event is cosponsored by Westmont's Office of Campus Life as part of Focus Week 2016, which examines at length issues of diversity and immigration.
Boundary Crossings: Letters from Cuba
Staged reading of a play by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Lindsey Twigg
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:00pm