Welcome to the Gaede Institute!


Welcome to the Gaede Institute’s website. Here you’ll find information on our programs for strengthening liberal arts education and for providing liberal arts learning opportunities to the many communities Westmont intersects with beyond the academy. With the growing complexity of real world problems there is an ever greater need for people who bring a range of perspectives to social issues, and who recognize that their education is connected to the whole of their lives: their community involvement, their political engagement, their spiritual development, as well as their profession. We hope you’ll find the resources of the Gaede Institute helpful as together we seek to learn and teach for a complex world.


- Chris Hoeckley, Director

MOOCing the Liberal Arts?

Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education

Lecture Hall

The Gaede Institute’s 13th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “MOOCing the Liberal Arts? Technology and Relationship in Liberal Arts Education,” examines the promise and challenge of new electronic learning contexts for liberal arts education Feb. 13-15 at Westmont. New technologies are making possible new learning contexts—especially online contexts. For some these new contexts promise great pedagogical (and fiscal) benefit, while others worry about losing the central place of relationships in learning. Join us as we examine the benefits and costs of deploying new technologies and learning contexts for liberal arts education. Learn more.


CCCU Engaged Community: LA 2014 attendees interested in taking part Saturday only, click here.


Previous Gaede Institute programs. . .


War and Peace as Liberal Arts

Issues of war and peace remain terribly vexing in regions across the world. Given their complexity, a wide range of disciplinary and institutional perspectives must be brought to bear on these issues. War and Peace as Liberal Arts, the Gaede Institute's 12th annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts brought scholars, academic administrators, and peaceworkers from around the globe to consider how the Pair of doves on barbedwire fenceintegrative nature of liberal arts education can equip students to engage justly and effectively in issues of peace and conflict. Learn more.


Watch the keynote addresses here.


Featured speaker:

Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

What is Just War Theory? (Watch) (Read)


Keynote speakers:

Sherman Jackson,  King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California

The Future of Violence in Islam (Watch) (Read)

Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement, University of Ulster

And if You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge? (Watch) (Read)

Helen Frowe, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Kent

Resisting Conditional Force (Watch) (Read)


Also on the program:

Chris Eberle, Associate Professor of Philosophy, United States Naval Academy

Gerald Mast, Professor of Communication, Bluffton University

Panel with Eberle and Mast: Teaching War and Peace (Watch) (Read Eberle) (Read Mast)



The Gendered Liberal Arts? Femininity, Masculinity, and the Future of Liberal Education



How can the liberal arts help us understand gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, religious identity and global position?


How do the institutional and cultural functions of liberal education resist, or reinscribe, traditional notions of gender?


Is the liberal arts campus becoming a "feminized space"?


These and other questions were discussed at the eleventh annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts.