Reel Talk brings together Westmont faculty, staff, and students to discuss important films and contemporary issues. Movie screenings precede discussions facilitated by college faculty and staff. Reel Talk events are free and open to the Westmont community, and are co-sponsored by the Gaede Institute and the Office of Campus Life.
Thursday, April 9
Adams Rm. 216
"Soul Surfer" is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. (Description and image Sony Pictures)
And join us for Chapel on Friday, April 10, to hear Bethany Hamilton share her story in person.
Thursday, April 16
Adams Rm. 216
For many of us, college graduation means giving up seminars on romantic poetry for spreadsheets and staplers, moving from an environment of limitless intellectual exploration to the very bounded world of work. What happens to the life of the mind once we leave campus? Do the responsibilities of profession and family inevitably submerge the joy of learning? "Liberal Arts" depicts one unhappy young professional's attempt to recpature the excitement and idealism of his college experience. As he returns to his liberal-arts alma mater, he finds nostalgic comfort in some of the people and places he encounters there; but he also discovers that certain aspects of himself and his past are unrecoverable. Westmont English professor Cheri Larsen-Hoeckley hosts this warm and appealing meditation on transition, memory, and identity. We hope you'll join us!