The Gaede Institute cosponsors a variety of faculty-organized lecture series: the Pascal Society Lectures, which engage questions of science and faith; the Erasmus Society Lectures, which bring to campus leading scholars in the humanities; two annual lectures organized by Westmont's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society; special World Christianity, Gender Studies, and departmental lectures; and its own Reel Talk film discussion series. To add these events to your Google Calendar, follow this link, then click the small + icon in the bottom-right corner of the page. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

 

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Spring 2017 Lectures and Events

 

Recycling Nature's Intelligent Design

James Rogers, Apeel Sciences

Wednesday, January 18
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

Reel Talk: “The Visitor”

Thursday, January 19
7pm | Adams 216

 

Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts

Roy Goble, PathLight International

Thursday, January 26
3:30pm | Winter Hall 212
Hosted by the Global Studies Fellows Program and the Goble Institute

 

The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian Wars

Staged reading of a play by Matej Visniec, directed by John Blondell

Friday, January 27
7pm | Porter Theatre
Boundary Crossings: New International Plays About the Immigrant Experience

 

Climate Change and American Evangelicalism

Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

Monday, February 6
Time and location to be announced
Pascal Society Lecture

 

A Reading by Award-Winning Young Adult Novelist Sara Zarr

Thursday, February 16
7:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Westmont Reading Series

 

Organic Growing Practices and California Coffee

Jay Ruskey, Good Land Organics
Thursday, February 23
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

Reel Talk: “Nowhere to Run”

with screenwriter Carmen McCain
Thursday, February 23
7pm | Adams 216

 

Science and Song

with singer-songwriter David Wilcox

Saturday, February 25
Time and location to be announced

 

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

Aaron Sizer, Westmont College

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

 

The Westmont Dialogue on Theatre Ancient and Modern

Westmont Theatre Arts Department
Saturday, March 4
Times and locations to be announced

 

Becoming the Body of Christ, or Not

Lisa DeBoer, Westmont College

Monday, March 6
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture

 

Chumash Traditions: Storytelling and a Maritime Legacy

Alan Salazar, Chumash historian and storyteller
Tuesday, March 7
3:30pm | Winter 106
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

Reel Talk: “Children of Syria”

Thursday, March 9
7pm | Adams 216

 

Quantum Physics and Christianity

Arnold Sikkema, Trinity Western University
Friday, March 10
3:30pm | Winter 210
Science and Faith Club Lecture

 

A Conversation on Leadership

Katherine Alsdorf, Theology of Work Project
Monday, March 20
3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
NetVUE Lecture

 

Redundant Women and Expatriates: Victorian Women Writers Abroad and the Language of Global Sojourning

Cheri Larsen Hoeckley, Westmont College
Tuesday, March 21
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Gender Studies Lecture

 

The Conversation on the Liberal Arts:
Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet

Thursday, March 23 through
Saturday, March 25

 

No Cheating Allowed!

Scott Shalkowski, University of Leeds
Wednesday, April 5
3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Philosophy Department Lecture

 

A Wind in the House of Islam

David Garrison, Global Gates
Thursday, April 6
3:30pm | Winter 106
World Christianity and Adams Mission Fund Lecture

 

Permaculture Design: Rebuilding a Sustainable Relationship with the Land

Michael Gonella, Santa Barbara City College
Tuesday, April 11
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

Reel Talk: "Selma"

Wednesday, April 19

7pm | Adams 216



 

 

Recycling Nature's Intelligent Design


rodgersJames Rogers, Apeel Sciences


Wednesday, January 18
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

James Rogers is the founder and CEO of Apeel Sciences, a Santa Barbara-based business that helps provide new organic technology solutions for sustainable agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. in materials from UCSB and a BS from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

 

 

 

Reel Talk: “The Visitor”


 

visitorThursday, January 19
7pm | Adams 216

 

What is sometimes called "political correctness" means, essentially, an imperative to take seriously the perspectives of people who are unlike ourselves. Finding the right balance is hard: too little perspective-taking leads to chauvinism; too much to paralysis. In its depiction of a friendship between a middle-aged college professor and a young Syrian musician, "The Visitor" movingly portrays the awkwardness and necessity of this kind of cross-cultural connection. Along the way, it casts light on US immigration and deportation systems that produce division and fear.

 

 

 

 

Junkyard Wisdom: Resisting the Whisper of Wealth in a World of Broken Parts


gobleRoy Goble, PathLight International

 

Thursday, January 26
3:30pm | Winter Hall 212
Hosted by the Global Studies Fellows Program and the Goble Institute

 

Roy Goble is president of Pathlight International, an organization that serves at-risk children in Belize by providing them quality secondary education. He serves on several boards, including that of his alma mater, Westmont College, and is the owner and president of Goble Properties, a real-estate investment company based in Oakland.

 

 

 

 

 

The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian Wars


bodyStaged reading of a play by Matej Visniec, directed by John Blondell

 

Friday, January 27
7pm | Porter Theatre
Boundary Crossings: New International Plays About the Immigrant Experience

 

Two women search for connection, healing, and redemption following the atrocities of the Bosnian Wars. An important play from Romania, in the department’s Boundary Crossings Staged Reading Series. Not recommended for children under 17.

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change and American Evangelicalism 


hayhoeKatharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

 

Monday, February 6
Time and location to be announced
Pascal Society Lecture

 

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University. She is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, which consults with industry, non-profit, and government clients about the effects of climate change. Dr. Hayhoe speaks and writes on climate science, communication, and faith; her most recent book is A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.

 

 

 

A Reading by Award-Winning Young Adult Novelist Sara Zarr


 

zarrThursday, February 16
7:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Westmont Reading Series

 

Sara Zarr is an American fiction writer whose novels treat realistically the challenges and questions of adolescence. Her first novel, Story of a Girl, was a 2007 National Book Award finalist. A native of San Francisco, she now lives in Salt Lake City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Growing Practices and California Coffee


ruskeyJay Ruskey, Good Land Organics


Thursday, February 23
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

Jay Ruskey is the owner of Good Land Organics, a 42-acre farm in Goleta that specializes in exotic sub-tropical crops. In addition to growing cherimoyas, dragon fruit, passion fruit, and caviar limes, Good Land Organics has used pioneering cultivation techniques to become the first successful commercial coffee farm in the continental United States.

 

 

 

 

Reel Talk: “Nowhere to Run”


nowherewith screenwriter and Westmont English faculty Carmen McCain


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


with singer-songwriter David Wilcox

 

Saturday, February 25
Time and location to be announced

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Westmont Dialogue on Theatre Ancient and Modern


theatreWestmont Theatre Arts Department


Saturday, March 4
Times and locations to be announced

 

Designed to explore issues and perspectives of the theater of the past and their application to the present, “The Westmont Dialogue” presents lectures, discussions, workshops and performances focused on a significant play or theatrical figure.

 

 

Becoming the Body of Christ, or Not


deboerLisa DeBoer, Westmont College

 

Monday, March 6
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture

 

Christians have commonly looked to biblical and theological sources to guide their worship practices. But ecclesiology--an appreciation of what it means to be the church--can also shape worship. Drawing on a ten-year study of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox practices, Westmont professor of art history Lisa DeBoer argues that this broader view gives critical insight into the universal and corporate dimensions of Christian worship. Dr. DeBoer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

 

 

Chumash Traditions: Storytelling and a Maritime Legacy


salazarAlan Salazar, Chumash historian and storyteller


Tuesday, March 7
3:30pm | Winter 106
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reel Talk: “Children of Syria”


childrenThursday, March 9
7pm | Adams 216

 

The Syrian war and resulting refugee crisis have turned upside down the lives of countless thousands of previously stable, healthy families. This PBS Frontline documentary follows one such family: parents Abu Ali and Hala, who were engineers before the war, and their four children, who find ways to be ordinary kids amidst the rubble of Aleppo. This remarkably intimate family portrait humanizes the narrative of displacement playing out today throughout the Middle East and Europe.

 

 

Quantum Physics and Christianity


sikkemaArnold Sikkema, Trinity Western University


Friday, March 10
3:30pm | Winter 210
Science and Faith Club Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Conversation on Leadership


alsdorfKatherine Alsdorf, Theology of Work Project


Monday, March 20
3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
NetVUE Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redundant Women and Expatriates: Victorian Women Writers Abroad and the Language of Global Sojourning


larsen hoeckleyCheri Larsen Hoeckley, Westmont College 


Tuesday, March 21
7pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Gender Studies Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conversation on the Liberal Arts: Liberal Arts for a Fragile Planet


libartsFeaturing public plenary lectures by Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton University, Chemistry), Steven Bouma-Prediger (Hope College, Religion), Janet Redman (Oil Change International), and Ling Zhang (Boston College, History)

 

Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25

Visit conference page

 

 

 

No Cheating Allowed!


shalkowskiScott Shalkowski, University of Leeds


Wednesday, April 5
3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge
Philosophy Department Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wind in the House of Islam


garrisonDavid Garrison, Global Gates


Thursday, April 6
3:30pm | Winter 106
World Christianity and Adams Mission Fund Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permaculture Design: Rebuilding a Sustainable Relationship with the Land


gonellaMichael Gonella, Santa Barbara City College


Tuesday, April 11
3:30pm | Founders Dining Room
Sustainability Speaker Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reel Talk: "Selma"


 

selmaWednesday, April 19
7pm | Adams 216