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. Videos of recent events may be viewed below. For older lectures, please visit our archive (Fall 2015 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2014). 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.

 


Spring 2016 Lectures and Events

Denis Alexander
"Whatever Happened to Adam and Eve?"

January 21, 2016, 7pm | Winter 210

Sarah Jirek
"Narrative Reconstruction and Posttraumatic Growth Among Trauma Survivors: The Importance of Gender and Cultural Narratives"

January 25, 2016, 7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Ken Wytsma
"Doubt: The Mystery of God in the Messiness of Life"
January 27, 2016, 7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Paul Tucker
"Art from Art, Art from Life: Reflections on Monet's Modernism"
February 1, 2016, 6pm | Porter Theater

John Blondell
"Laid in Earth / Consumed by Fire: Female and Male Bodies in Two Stories About Dido"
February 2, 2016, 7pm | Porter Theather

Jon Isham
"'Slow Learning' and Social Transformation "
February 8, 2016, 3:30pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Reel Talk Screening: "Ode to My Father"
Hosted by Mark Sargent

February 18, 2016, 7pm

Cynthia Toms
"Ethical International Volunteerism and Service: Moral Responsibility or More Harm than Good?"
February 22, 2016, 7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Reel Talk Screening: "Citizenfour"
Hosted by Mark Sargent
March 3, 2016, 7pm

Linda Hughes
"Prefiguring Future Pasts: Imagined Histories in Victorian Poetic-Graphic Texts, 1860-1910"
March 7, 2016, 3:30pm | Winter 210

Reel Talk Screening: "Inequality for All "
Hosted by Mark Sargent
March 17, 2016, 7pm

Cheri Larsen Hoeckley
"Marriage Law Reform, Singleness, and Middlemarch"
March 29, 2016, 7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Reel Talk Screening: "Prison State"
Hosted by Mark Sargent
April 14, 2016, 7pm | Adams 216

 

 

Whatever Happened to Adam and Eve?


alexanderDenis Alexander

Director Emeritus, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge

 

Pascal Society Lecture

Thursday, January 21, 7:00 pm

Winter Hall 210

 

Dr. Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmunds College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. He was formerly head of the molecular biology program at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, and has delivered the internationally esteemed Gifford Lectures. Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief , and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. (faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk)

 

 

 

Narrative Reconstruction and Posttraumatic Growth Among Trauma Survivors: The Importance of Gender and Cultural Narratives


Sarah Jirek

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Westmont College

 

 

Gender Studies Lecture

Monday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

 

Dr. Jirek, a Westmont alum, has been teaching at the college since 2014. Her current research project explores the sociological factors—related to social context, intersectional identities, structural systems of privilege and oppression, and cumulative adversity—that impact trauma recovery and the development of posttraumatic growth. Dr. Jirek’s other teaching and research interests include gender, social inequalities, identity, violence, deviance, prison re-entry, meaning-making, narrative, and resilience. (westmont.edu)

 

 

 

Doubt: The Mystery of God in the Messiness of Life


Ken Wytsma

Pastor, Antioch Church of Bend, Oregon

 

 

Westmont in San Francisco Lecture

Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

 

Minister and entrepreneur Ken Wytsma is lead pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon and president of Kilns College. He frequently consults with churches on justice, church, and culture. His first book, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, was released in 2012 and hi is second book, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, was released in January 2015. (kenwytsma.com)

 

 

 

Art from Art, Art from Life: Reflections on Monet's Modernism


tuckerPaul Tucker

Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Boston

 

Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Lecture

Monday, February 1, 6:00 p.m.

Porter Theater

 

Paul Tucker, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is among the world's leading experts on Claude Monet and Impressionism. Tucker’s career at UMass Boston, which began in 1978, is studded with academic awards and honors, including three Chancellor’s Awards: one for Distinguished Service and two for Distinguished Scholarship. A prolific writer, he has authored numerous books, book chapters, articles, and museum catalog entries. (umb.edu)

 

 

 

Laid in Earth / Consumed by Fire: Female and Male Bodies in Two Stories About Dido


blondellJohn Blondell

Professor of Theater Arts, Westmont College

 

Gender Studies Lecture

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 p.m.

Porter Theater

 

Dr. John Blondell is Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Westmont. He is the cofounder of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, and his productions of classic and contemporary plays have received local, regional, and international acclaim, securing his reputation as one of Santa Barbara’s most progressive, adventurous directors. (westmont.edu)

 

 

 

 

"Slow Learning" and Social Transformation


ishamJon Isham

Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Middlebury College

 

Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts Lecture

Monday, February 8, 3:30 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

 

Jon Isham is the director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) at Middlebury College, which he co-founded in 2012. The CSE, a recognized leader in the integration of social entrepreneurship and the liberal arts, helps students use tools and strategies of entrepreneurs to bring about positive social change. Dr. Isham joins us in conjunction with the Gaede Institute's 2016 Conversation on the Liberal Arts, "From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning." (middlebury.edu)

 

 

 

Reel Talk Screening: "Ode to My Father"


odeHosted by Provost Mark Sargent

 

Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.

Porter Theater

 

Following a war in the early 1950s that divided their nation, Koreans north and south experienced decades of dramatic social, cultural and economic change. "Ode to My Father" powerfully depicts one family's journey through sixty years of upheaval and personal displacement, following their narrative from the Korean peninsula to Western Europe to California. Join host Mark Sargent and panelists Helen Rhee and Charlie Farhadian for a screening and discussion of this moving film.

 

 

 

 

Ethical International Volunteerism and Service: Moral Responsibility or More Harm than Good?


tomsCynthia Toms

Director, Office of Global Education, Westmont College

 

Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture

Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall

 

Cynthia Toms is the Director of Global Education at Westmont College. Prior to coming to Westmont, she served as Assistant Director of the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame, and her research emphasizes the role of volunteerism in community development. A specialist in food systems, Dr. Toms is transitioning into a new faculty role in Westmont's department of kinesiology, where she will integrate interests in public health and global studies. (westmont.edu)

 

 

 

Reel Talk Screening: "Citizenfour"


citizenfourHosted by Mark Sargent

 

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Adams 216

 

Two years ago, US federal contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified National Security Agency documents. For good or ill, his actions revealed previously obscure government programs, including ambitious efforts to surveil ordinary Americans, and changed the way we think about security, confidentiality, and personal privacy. Later that year, documentarian Laura Poitras was contacted from Hong Kong by someone claiming to be the fugitive Snowden; this film is the result of that interaction.

 

 

 

 

Prefiguring Future Pasts: Imagined Histories in Victorian Poetic-Graphic Texts, 1860-1910


hughesLinda Hughes

Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University

 

Erasmus Society Lecture (English)

Monday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.

Winter Hall 210

 

Linda Hughes is the Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University. Her research and teaching in nineteenth-century British studies embrace all genres and a variety of approaches, but she is especially interested in historical media studies (illustrated poetry, periodicals, publishing history, serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; and, increasingly, inter- or transnationality. (eng.tcu.edu)

 

 

 

Reel Talk Screening: "Inequality for All"


inequalityHosted by Mark Sargent

 

Thursday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.

Porter Theater

 

Among other results, the 2008 global financial crisis revealed a lopsided American economy that increasingly rewards the ultra-rich. In the years since, many economists have given attention to the now-apparent costs of that imbalance. In this film, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argues that growing inequality threatens not only the economic fortunes of most Americans, but the very survival of our democracy.

 

 

 

 

 

Marriage Law Reform, Singleness, and Middlemarch


larsen_hoeckleyCheri Larsen Hoeckley

Professor of English, Westmont College

 

Gender Studies Lecture

Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.

Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall


Cheri Larsen Hoeckley is a professor of English at Westmont College, where she has taught since 1997. Specializing in Victorian studies and gender studies, her current projects concern the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality. A graduate of UC Berkeley and UT Austin, she is the editor ofShakespeare's Heroines (Broadview, 2005) and the author, most recently, of "The Dynamics of Forgiveness and Poetics in Adelaide Procter's 'Homeless'" (Literature Compass 11.2, 2014). (westmont.edu)

 

 

 

Reel Talk Screening: "Prison State"


prisonHosted by Mark Sargent

 

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.

Adams 216

 

In recent decades, Americans have turned to mass incarceration to redress social ills; today, the United States imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation on earth. "Prison State" tells the story of four people--two children and two adults--who have served time in custody, posing troubling questions about the means and ends of American criminal justice.