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


oakLiberal Arts and the Social Good: The Fourteenth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts


February 26-28, 2015

Westmont College

Plenary Speakers: Louis Bucciarelli, Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich, Georgia Nugent, and Marilyn McEntyre


In the debate over the future of American higher education, many critics dismiss liberal arts models as expensive, undemocratic, and irrelevant to the modern economy. Is this right? Is liberal arts education an anachronism, or does it continue to have important, perhaps even irreplaceable functions? The fourteenth annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts will engage these questions by exploring liberal arts education's contributions to various sectors of American society, from civic participation to the professions to individual success and fulfillment. More information