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

"What the Health"

Screening and Discussion

Date and time TBA

Mindful Eating Series

*Due to changes in the academic calendar , this event will be rescheduled later in the spring semester.

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

Mindful Eating Workshop

Cynthia Toms, 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

Answering God’s Call To Be The Stewards of Eden’s Environment

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

Contact to register.

Reel Talk: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Screening and Discussion

Thursday, March 1

7pm | Adams 216

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

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

Sameer Yadav, Westmont College

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.

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

Sustainability Speaker Series: Marshall McCall, Santa Barbara Food Bank

Tuesday, April 17

3:30pm | Founders Room