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


The Emmett Till Memory Project

tellDave Tell

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Kansas


Erasmus Lecture (Communication Studies)

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7pm

Hieronymus Lounge


For fifty years following the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, there was not a single commemorative marker anywhere in the state of Mississippi. Since 2005, however, the state has invested nearly $5 million in Till commemoration. In this talk, Dr. Dave Tell reveals the untold stories, backroom deals, ethical quandaries, and outright scandals that have attended this sudden explosion in commemorative activity.


Dave Tell is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. His 2012 book, Confessional Crises: Confession and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America, explains how the genre of confession has shaped (and been shaped by) some of the twentieth century's most intractable issues: sexuality, class, race, violence, religion, and democracy. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Penn State.



Threats and Affirmations: The Interplay of Self and Social Identity

Dave Sherman PhotoDavid Sherman

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UC Santa Barbara


Natural and Behavioral Sciences Lecture

Friday, September 9, 2016, 3:30pm

Winter 210


David Sherman holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at UCLA. Since 2005, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UCSB. His research, which is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, centers on how people respond to information and events that threaten the self.