Lectures & Discussions Gaede Institute


The Gaede Institute co-sponsors 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.

Daniel Napier Lecture

Retained Anger: Jesus' Distinctive Theory of Anger in Comparison with the Greek Philosophers

Daniel Napier

Monday, September 11, 3:30-5PM
Hieronymus Lounge

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American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church

Dr. Andrew Whitehead

Thursday, September 14, 3:30-5PM
GLC Simmons

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What are Churches for? Deliberation

Public Deliberation: What Are Churches For? 

Hosted by the Westmont Center for Thriving Communities

Thursday, October 5th, 7-9PM
GLC Simmons

Peter Alagona Lecture

Bear Essential?: The Past and Potential Future of Grizzly Bears in California  

Peter Alagona, Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSB

Tuesday, October 3rd, 7PM
Winter Hall 210

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Jennifer Ito

Asteroids and Planets: How Scientists are Exploring Our Universe  

Jennifer Ito, Assistant Professor of Physics, Westmont College

Thursday, October 12th, 5:30PM
Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden St.

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Dr.Steven Grant Lecture

Advances in Psychedelic Drug Research  

Dr. Steven Grant, Director of Research, The Heffter Research Institute 

Thursday, November 2nd, 4-5:30PM
Winter Hall 210

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First Gen Ana Guerrero

National First Gen Celebration   

Ana Guerrero

Tuesday, November 7th, 7PM
GLC Simmons

First Gen celebration

National First Gen Celebration Luncheon

 First Gen faculty, staff, or students, join us in the national celebration over catered lunch in GLC Simmons. Use the QR code to RSVP and reach out to firstgen@westmont.edu with any questions!

Wednesday, November 8th, 11:30-2PM

Katherine Bryant

The Changing Geopolitical Landscape and the Role of Foreign Aid  

Katherine Bryant, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Westmont College Downtown Lecture

Thursday, November 9th, 5:30PM
Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden St.

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Prof F Howard-Snyder Lecture

Telling Someone Else's Story: Objections to Cultural Appropriation   

Dr. Frances Howard-Snyder, Western Washington University 

Wednesday, January 24th, 3:30-5PM
Hieronymous Lounge

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Wendy ELey Jackson


The Transformative Power of Storytelling

Wendy Eley Jackson, Auburn Avenue Films and Westmont Theater Arts

Thursday, February 1st, 5:30PM
Community Arts Workshop
631 Garden Street

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SBSC 2024

Santa Barbara Mission Conference: Engage

Register here or using the QR code

Saturday, February 3rd
First Presbyterian Church

Jaco Hamman Lecture

Concerned Classrooms: Teaching, formation, and partnering with AI

Jaco Hamman, Vanderbilt University 

Monday, February 5th, 3:30-5PM
GLC Simmons

Michael Stewart Robb

Provost Lecture for 2023 MIDWRC Book Award Winner: Dallas Willard and Rational Spirituality: Claiming the Depth and Power of Protestant Spiritual Life

Dr. Michael Stewart Robb

Tuesday, February 6th, 4PM
GLC Simmons

PKP 2024 Lecture Poster

Physics, Philosophy, and Faith: An Exploration into the History of the Universe

Jennifer Ito with respondents Robert Haring-Kaye and James Taylor

Wednesday, February 7th, 7PM
GLC Simmons

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MI lecture

Spiritual Life in the Secular World: The Alternative Augustine

Dr. Stan Rosenberg

Tuesday, March 5th, 3:30PM
Founders Room, KSC

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Shining a Light on Microplastics: Providing Tools for Informed Environmental Action

Dr. Craig Prater

Thursday, March 7, 4PM
Winter Hall 210

Goodworth and Hayashida

Aging and Mobility: Fundamentals and Frontiers

Dr. Adam Goodworth and Dr. Maury Hayashida

Thursday, March 21st, 5:30PM
Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street

Open to the public. No RSVP necessary. 

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Malcolm Foley

Child of Mammon or Child of God?: The Anti-Greed Gospel

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley

Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30-5 PM
GLC, Simmons

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Ted Davis

Robert Boyle: The Bible and Natural Philosophy

Ted Davis

Friday, April 5, 3:30 PM
Winter Hall 210


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