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



Reel Talk: "Zootopia"

zootopiawith Cynthia Toms and Sameer Yadav, hosted by Mark Sargent


Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00pm

Porter Theatre


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

Letters from CubaStaged reading of a play by Maria Irene Fornes, directed by Lindsey Twigg


Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:00pm

Porter Theater


In her final, most auto-biographical play, María Irene Fornés gives us an unapologetically feminine look at a relationship that's been stretched across borders. Based on three decades of letters Maria received from her brother in Havana, "Letters from Cuba" moves back and forth in time and place and spirit, linking a young dancer and her relatives across the sea. A dreamy meditation on the ties of family and the longing and urgency to maintain familial connection that is so integral to the immigrant experience.