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: "The Intouchables"

intouchablesHosted by Prof. Chris Milner


Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

Porter Theater


Professor Chris Milner of Westmont's Kinesiology Department hosts discussion of this hugely popular French comedy-drama. "The Intouchables" tells the true story of a quadriplegic millionaire and his Senegalese caretaker. Writers/directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache explore themes of class, race, and disability as these men build an unlikely friendship. Rated R.






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.