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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Fall 2018 Lectures, Discussions, and Events

Nutrition, the Environment, and Faith

Panel Discussion

Monday, January 22

3:30pm | Founders Room

Mindful Eating Series

Reel Talk: “The Truman Show”

Screening and Discussion, with Ron See, Stephen Zylstra, and Kelsey Lahr

Tuesday, January 23

7pm | Adams 216

The Crooked Path Toward Faith

Andrea Lucado

Thursday, January 25

7:00pm | Adams 216

Westmont Reading Series

Soap Bubbles and Mathematics

Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University

Friday, January 26

3:30pm | Winter 210

Mathematics Department Lecture

Twelfth Annual Stafford Reading

Paul Willis, Westmont College

Saturday, January 27

2:00pm | First Crossing Day Use Area (Los Padres National Forest)

Those Who Came Before Us: Santa Barbara's Chumash Heritage

John Johnson, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Monday, January 29

3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Voskuyl Library Lecture

The Myth of Equality

Ken Wytsma, Kilns College

Tuesday, January 30

7:00pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Westmont in San Francisco Lecture


"What the Health"

Screening and Discussion

Angela D'Amour and Kenny Chism, Westmont College

Wednesday, January 31

7:00pm | Founders Room

Mindful Eating Series

Dangerous Knowledge? Reflections on the Protestant Legacy in India

Chandra Mallampalli, Westmont College

Monday, February 5

3:30pm | Global Leadership Center

Fletcher Jones Chair Installation Keynote

Art, Theology and God’s Body: An Iconographic Probe of Past and Present

Brent Strawn, Emory University

Monday, February 5

7:00pm | Winter 210

Religious Studies and Art Department Lecture

Stewardship, Justice, and Creation Care

Hal Conklin, Community Environmental Council

Tuesday, February 6

3:30pm | Founders Room

Sustainability Speaker Series


A Conversation on Youth and Vocation

with Steven Argue, Fuller Theological Seminary

Monday, February 26

8:30am-1pm | Global Leadership Center


Mindful Eating Workshop

Cynthia Toms, Westmont College

Wednesday, February 28

5:30pm | Founders Room

Mindful Eating Series


Reel Talk: “I Am Not Your Negro”


Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 1

7pm | Adams 216


Shedding New Light on Life


Audrey K (Ellerbee) Bowden, Stanford University

Friday, March 2

3:30pm | Winter 216

Pascal Lecture

Understanding Global Development Imperatives Through Big Data

Leeza Kondos, USAID, Bureau for Global Health

Tuesday, March 6

7pm | Founders Room

Global Studies and Data Analytics Lecture

Spider Webs, Epiphanies, and Veiled Identities: The Aesthetics of African Women's Writing

Kanchana Ugbabe, University of Jos

Thursday, March 8

7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Erasmus Society Lecture


Panel Discussion: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

with Amanda Silberstein, Carrie Stein Hill and Heidi Pullmann

Monday, March 19

3:30pm | Voskuyl Library

The Race Set Before Us: Christian Liberal Arts and the Geographically Marked Body

Sameer Yadav, Westmont College

Responses by Caryn Reeder and Meredith Whitnah

Monday, March 19

7:00pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture

2018: The Rise of Veganism and Vegan Studies


Renan Larue, UC Santa Barbara

Tuesday, March 20

3:30pm | Founders Room

Sustainability Speaker Series

Knowledge in Crisis: Liberal Learning in a Post-Truth Age

The Seventeenth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts

Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24

See for schedule.

Guns and the 2nd Amendment

Thomas Knecht, Westmont College

Tuesday, March 27

7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Westmont Forum


The Philosophy and Psychology of Religious Experience: Hume’s Challenges, and Potential Responses

Peter Millican, Oxford University

Wednesday, April 4

3:30pm | Winter 210

Philosophy Erasmus Lecture

Reel Talk: “Minority Report”

Screening and Discussion

Thursday, April 5

7:00pm | Adams 216

Genome Editing of Stem Cells to Treat Genetic Diseases

Matthew Porteus, Stanford University

Monday, April 9

4pm | Global Leadership Center

Keck Foundation Science Seminar Series


Reel Talk: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Screening and Discussion, with Sameer Yadav, Carmen McCain, and Toya Cooper

Tuesday, April 10

7pm | Adams 216


The Servant, the Idol, and the Image of God: Isaiah's Conversation with Creation

Sandra Richter, Westmont College

With Holly Beers, Steven Tsoukalas, Tim Laniak, and Tremper Longman III

Monday, April 16

3:30pm | Global Leadership Center

Robert H. Gundry Chair Inaugural Lecture

Sustainability Speaker Series: Marshall McCall, Santa Barbara Food Bank

Tuesday, April 17

3:30pm | Founders Room


Lecture Videos

Steven Argue , "A Conversation on Youth and Vocation "

February 26, 2018



Brent Strawn, "Art, Theology and God's Body: An Iconographic Probe of Past and Present"

February 5, 2018


John Johnson, "Those Who Came Before Us: Santa Barbara's Chumash Heritage"

January 29