Butler University Founder's Day
Butler University will celebrate Founder's Day on Feb. 7 - the
anniversary of Ovid Butler's birth - with a day of events.
- At 12:15 p.m. in the Irwin Library, there will
be the unveiling of an archival pigmented print of LINCOLN 200
YEARS, the Abraham Lincoln portrait that hangs in the History
Department. The event will include remarks by Greg Silver, who
donated the original painting in honor of his father, David Silver
'37, a longtime Butler University professor of history and
government, and Melina Fox, the niece five generations removed of
Butler University founder Ovid Butler.
- From 2-4 p.m. in Starbucks, Butler students
will read documents that set the historical context of the era in
which Butler University was founded. The readings will include the
Emancipation Proclamation, a speech by Sojourner Truth, and a
Frederick Douglass anti-slavery speech, several speeches by Ovid
Butler opposing slavery and supporting equal rights, and a letter
his daughter Demia wrote about women's role in society.
- At 6 p.m., in Irwin Library, Butler Libraries
present "I Lay My Stitches Down: An Evening with Children's Book
Illustrator Michele Wood." Wood, a children's book illustrator
based in Indianapolis, will discuss her most recent work, which
uses the American folk tradition of quilting as a structural
framework. In her illustrations, Wood employs African and American
textile patterns and folk art motifs to create a moving witness and
beautiful complement to the poetry.
Read about Ovid Butler