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


KyaHow a Man Becomes a Thing, Or, the Dangers of the Icon in U.S. Abolition

Kya Mangrum, University of Utah


Thursday, September 21

5:15 pm | Founders Room

English Department Lecture


Kya Mangrum is an American literature scholar whose research centers on what happens to U.S. narratives of slavery when written texts and visual texts converge. Drawing on her expertise in 18th- and 19th-century American culture, Mangrum will argue that abolitionists' sense of political and moral urgency led to a number of early experiments in virtual reality. By translating numbers into pictures, and pictures into immersive and interactive narratives, abolitionists offered readers and viewers the illusion of being eyewitnesses to slavery's horrors.



GehringWhat Am I Going to Do With My Life? A Conversation on Career and Calling with David Gehring, Westmont in San Francisco Alum

David Gehring, Relay Media


Tuesday, September 26

7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Westmont in San Francisco Lecture


David Gehring is a Westmont alum and Trustee who has been instrumental in developing sustainable digital-journalism strategies at Google, The Guardian, and his own company, Relay Media. A resident of the Bay Area, Gehring is committed to developing economic models to support a free and independent press in an evolving digital economy.



MackerA Poetry Reading by Teddy Macker

Teddy Macker, UC Santa Barbara


Thursday, September 28

7pm | Hieronymus Lounge

Westmont Reading Series


Teddy Macker is a Santa Barbara writer and poet. His work interacts deeply with Central Coast ecology, and includes entries in The Antioch Review, New Letters, The New Ohio Review, and elsewhere, as well as his newest collection of poems, This World. Macker has taught creative writing at UC Santa Barbara and Westmont College.