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


Global Peacemaking as Discipleship: Lessons from Welcoming the Stranger

Jon Huckins

Director, The Global Immersion Project



Office of Global Studies Lecture

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:00pm

Hieronymus Lounge


How can ordinary people be peacemakers? Jon Huckins, co-founding director of the Global Immersion Project, explores the ways that all Christians can be agents of reconciliation, both in their neighborhoods and in regions of the world that experience deep conflict and suffering. Huckins writes and speaks about peacemaking in a variety of venues, and has published in Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and RELEVANT. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.



Reel Talk: "Who is Dayani Cristal?"

with Mary Docter, Jason Cha, Rachel Winslow, Rachel Fabian, and Liz Robertson


Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00pm

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Since 2001, more than 2,100 people have died attempting to cross the Sonora Desert into Arizona. "Who is Daynia Cristal?" takes viewers inside this brutal, often dehumanizing experience, tracing the journey of one young Guatamalan father who migrates north in search of money to care for a sick child. In a film that combines documentary and dramatic approaches, actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal embeds himself on the Central American migrant trail, learning what it might have been like for this man who died, anonymously, in Arizona's "corridor of death." Politics aside, the filmmakers argue, the volume of mortality in the desert demands a response. Following the film, Mark Sargent hosts a conversation with participants in Westmont's 2016 Border Experience Faculty Mayterm.



How Christian Women Envision Their Future

Angela D'Amour

Director of Campus Life, Westmont College


Angela D'AmourGender Studies Lecture

Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:00pm

Hieronymus Lounge


How do women at Christian colleges think about their future selves? What factors--in their campus community, in their faith background, in society at large--influence those projections and plans? Westmont's own Director of Campus Life, Angela D'Amour, explores these questions, drawing from her dissertation research at UCSB's Gevirtz School of Education, where she earned a PhD in 2015. In addition to her doctorate, D'Amour holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Vermont and B.S. in psychology from Westmont.




Challenges to Turkish-American Relations in a Turbulent Middle East

Suhnaz Yilmaz

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Koç University


yilmazVisiting Professor, UCLA


Provost's Lecture

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 3:15pm

Hieronymus Lounge


Şuhnaz Yılmaz Özbağcı is a visiting professor at UCLA with a dual appointment at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Luskin Center for Innovation. She is also an associate professor of international relations at Koç University, Istanbul. Her recent research focuses on the international affairs of the Middle East, foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, international security and European security and foreign policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Eurasian politics, energy politics, and Turkish-EU-US Relations.



American Slavery As It Is? Word, Image, and the Desire for the Crime Scene Photograph in U.S. Anti-Slavery Literature, 1830-1839

Kya Mangrum

Assistant Professor of English, University of Utah


Kya MangumErasmus Lecture

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:30pm

Hieronymus Lounge


Kya Mangrum is an assistant professor of English at the University of Utah, where she specializes in visual studies, African American literature, and African American visual culture. Prior to coming to Utah, Mangrum was a Mellon Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.







How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint TODAY

Kathi King

Director of Outreach and Education, Santa Barbara

Environmental Council

Kathy King


Sustainability Speaker Series

Friday, October 14, 2016, 3:30pm

Founders Dining Room


Kathi King is the Director of Outreach and Education Programs at Santa Barbara's Community Environmental Council. She is involved in a variety of public environmental programming in the tri-county area, including the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, CEC's Green Gala, and the "Rethink the Drink" bottle reduction program in area schools. Ms. King worked for several years in the LA television industry, where she was an associate producer of the popular sitcom “Full House.”