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


HelveticaReel Talk: "Helvetica"


with Lisa Deboer, Rebecca McNamara, and Zac Smith


Thursday, November 16

7pm | Adams 216


Messages and meaning come to us not only--and perhaps not even primarily--through propositions and arguments, but through the invisible pressures of culture. Album covers and advertisements, subway signs and IRS forms have embedded within them powerful claims about what human life is and what it ought to be. This film explores these meanings by profiling Helvetica, perhaps the world's most popular font. How could a particular way of rendering letters mean "modern optimism" or "cold commercialism" or "the Vietnam War"? Come learn how, as one of the film's subjects puts it, designers are "putting their wires in our heads."



ExploreSanta Barbara's Next Generation of Environmental Stewards


Alex Bereda, Explore Ecology


Monday, December 4

3:30pm | Founders Room

Sustainability Speaker Series


Alex Bereda is the Education Director for Explore Ecology, a Santa Barbara environmental education and arts nonprofit. Explore Ecology works with over 30,000 children each year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Their programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, the Watershed Resource Center at Hendry’s Beach, and ReUseSB.