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 Challenges of Christian Learning: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

nanosMark Noll

Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History,
University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall
Erasmus Society Lecture


It would take a Charles Dickens to discern the status of Christian learning at the present moment. Like Dickens at the start of "The Tale of Two Cities," we might conclude "it is the best of times, it is the worst of times." By concentrating on the history of American evangelicals and then assessing contemporary currents, Mark Noll in this lecture will explain where he thinks Christian learning has been advancing, where he thinks it is stalled, and where it might be headed.



Reel Talk: "The Intouchables"

intouchablesHosted by Prof. Chris Milner

Thursday, October 2, 7 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.