Theater's Next Act: Justice and Global Engagement
The Westmont Theater Arts Department has established the Justice and Global Engagement in the Theatre Arts Initiative. John Blondell, award-winning director and Westmont professor of theater arts, serves as the new global ambassador in the performing arts.
A Cultural Perspective on Conscience and Character Development
Serah Shani has been teaching anthropology classes remotely throughout the year, but this summer she travels to Kenya to continue her research among indigenous Maasai. The John Templeton Foundation has awarded her a $230,304, three-year grant to study “The Cultural Evolution of the Conscience, Virtues, Character Development, and Human Progress.”
A Liberal Arts Approach to Educating Ethical Engineers
Westmont has developed a Christian liberal arts brand of mechanical engineering, and Adam Goodworth, a kinesiology professor who specializes in biomechanics, helps to shape it. Goodworth seeks to equip his engineering students with extensive technical expertise and to graduate well-rounded engineers able to see the big picture and brainstorm with others.
Seeking Healing for Traumatized People Through Art
Art professor Meagan Stirling co-hosted a series of free screen printing workshops during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2018 for people who had suffered sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Participants learned basic screen printing techniques and how to translate their memories, ideas and feelings into personally meaningful visual images at their own pace.