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


Glory Bound: Jessie Van Eerden Reads

intouchableswith Jessie Van Eerden, novelist

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall  


The Westmont Reading Series brings distinguished fiction writer and essayist Jessie Van Eerden from West Virginia to read from her recently published novel Gloryboundand other new works. Gloryboundis both the title of Jessie Van Eerden's new novel and a description of her apparent career trajectory. The Westmont Reading Series adds this fresh, poetic, spiritually intense, and regionally rich writer from West Virginia to a list of illustrious writers that over the past two decades has included such luminaries as Galway Kinnell, Joy Harjo, Scott Cairns, Chaim Potok, David James Duncan, Naomi Shihab Nye, Leslie Leyland Fields, Dana Goia, Barry Spacks, Jeanne Murray Walker, Fady Joudah and Gassan Zaqtan, Hisham Matar, Paulann Petersen, Ron Hansen, and Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Chryss Yost.



Participating in God's Mission: The Servant and the Conclusions of Acts and Isaiah

intouchables Holly Beers

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Westmont College

Bruce Fisk and Rachel Winslow, responding

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Founders Dining Room, Kerr Student Center


Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture


The author of Luke-Acts builds aspects of his portrayal both of Jesus and the disciples in Luke-Acts on the servant, who is the human agent of God’s restoration envisioned in Isaiah 40-66. Luke is sensitive to the Isaianic co-text of the servant’s mission, often called the New Exodus, and he demonstrates his awareness at least partly by concluding Acts with the same notes of triumph and tragedy that end Isaiah. The implication is, then, that faithfulness for the people of God (both then and now?!) involves human participation in God’s mission, a mission that embraces elements not just of hope and acceptance but of rejection and suffering.