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


fosterBrett Foster Reads 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

Westmont Reading Series


Brett Foster is the author of two poetry collections, The Garbage Eater(Northwestern University Press, 2011) and Fall Run Road, which was awarded Finishing Line Press's Open Chapbook Prize. A new collection, Extravagent Rescues, is forthcoming in 2015. His writing has appeared in various journals, including Books & Culture, Boston Review, Hudson Review, IMAGE, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily,Raritan, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, and Yale Review. He is also a Renaissance scholar, and speaks regularly at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and recipient of a PEN American writing grant and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he is a professor of creative writing and Renaissance literature at Wheaton College.



magnessOssuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James

Jodi Magness

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Porter Theater

UCSB-Westmont Joint Lecture Series on the New Testament and Early Christianity


In 2002, an ossuary inscribed "James son of Joseph brother of Jesus" surfaced in the hands of a private collector. A few years later, a Discovery Channel documentary and related book claimed that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been found in Jerusalem. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we examine the validity of these sensational claims in light of archaeological and historical evidence for ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem, including the burials of Jesus and his brother James.



froweChristianity and Culture: Lessons from Documentary Filmmaking in Africa and America 

Jim Ault

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Winter Hall Room 106

Religious Studies Department Lecture


Sociologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker and author James Ault will show pieces and discuss lessons from his recently released African Christianity Rising film series, comparing them to lessons from filming among Latino-Americans and white American fundamentalist Baptists.