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


A Conversation on Youth and Vocation



with Chap Clark

Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary,

and Author of Sticky Faith


Saturday, February 4, 8:30am-1:30pm

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall



Your high school youth are serious about their faith and want to lead lives that contribute to God's work in the world. But what's the path between natural enthusiasm and true vocation? How can they discern where God might be calling them to use their gifts, especially as they think about college and career?

In anticipation of the summer 2017 launch of Trailhead, our new vocational exploration program for high school youth, Westmont is pleased to host A Conversation on Youth and Vocation, a half-day workshop for pastors, faculty, and community partners. Led by Fuller Seminary's Chap Clark, an expert in youth spirituality and development, we'll examine together some of the ways we can help young people seek a life of real significance.

Join the conversation Saturday, February 4, from 8:30am to 1:30pm Pacific on Westmont's campus. Registration is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch. If you'd like to participate but can't be with us in Santa Barbara, we'd invite you to watch and discuss via our live webstream. In either case, we just ask that you RSVP by Friday, January 27. Question? Contact us by email, or at 805-565-6239.


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