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: “Nowhere to Run”

nowherewith screenwriter Carmen McCain and Amanda Sparkman

Thursday, February 23
7pm | Adams 216


Nigeria faces a looming climate and environmental crisis that it can no longer afford to ignore. "Nowhere to Run"explores the creeping effects of climate change and unchecked environmental degradation that pose major socio-economic, political, and sustainable development challenges to communities across Nigeria. The narration for this award-winning documentary was written by Westmont professor of English Carmen McCain, who joins us for the screening.






Science and Song on Matters of the Heart

wilcoxwith singer-songwriter David Wilcox and Westmont biology faculty Jeff Schloss


Friday, February 24
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge


Christian singer-songwriter David Wilcox and biologist Jeff Schloss share a conversation--exchanging recent, fascinating scientific discoveries and musical/theological reflections on love, purpose, romance, forgiveness, suffering, and faith. Wilcox is an internationally acclaimed, philosophically thoughtful folk artist and Schloss directs Westmont’s Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences and serves as Senior Scholar, BioLogos Foundation.






Businesswomen in Ministry? Gender and Church Organization, 1880-1930

sizerAaron Sizer, Westmont College


Monday, February 27
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Gender Studies Lecture


Long before many churches would ordain them as pastors, American Protestant women were deeply engaged in the business of ministry through raising and distributing money. Denominations wholeheartedly embraced corporate culture in the early twentieth century; this move sometimes led to curtailment of women's leadership, but it also gave women who were accustomed to dealing with denominational finances a pathway to expanded religious roles. Aaron Sizer holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Princeton Seminary and is assistant director of Westmont's Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts.