Faculty Development


Earth Project Events Calendar


All Earth Project events are free and open to the public.


Spring 2012 Events:


March 20, 5:30 p.m., Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
Leading the Tiny House Movement: an evening with Jay Shafer
**Event co-sponsored by the Ayres Fund**

Is it possible to live in less than 100 square feet of space? How does my housing footprint relate to sustainability? Come hear Jay Shafer, author of "The Small House Book" and one of the founders of the tiny house movement, discuss sustainable living and the design of his tiny houses. Click here to see a poster for this event.

Jay Shafer is recognized as an expert in small living. He is a designer specializing in sustainable architecture and urban planning.

He has lectured extensively on these subjects for such venues as the Eco-Dwelling program at New College, the Boston Architectural Center, and the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History where he served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for more than a decade.

Jay's designs and essays have appeared in a number of periodicals, books, and television shows including "Fine Homebuilding", "The Wall Street Journal", "The New York Times", "CNN", "Oprah", and "This Old House". Awards include selection for the American Institute of Architect's 2005 Sustainable Design Symposium (Dee Williams, collaborator), and Natural Home's Home of the Year Award for Innovative Design in 2000.

He currently lives in an 89 square-foot home of his own creation in Sebastopol, California. For more information on the Tiny House Movement, visit: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/about/.  

Tiny House Picture 

March 29, 7:30 p.m., Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Guest lecture, Wes Jackson: Consulting the Genius of Place

Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, was born in 1936 on a farm near Topeka, Kansas. After attending Kansas Wesleyan, he studied botany (M.A. University of Kansas, 1960) and genetics (Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1967). He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies department at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor. He resigned that position in 1976 and returned to Kansas to found The Land Institute. Dr. Jackson's writings include both papers and books. His most recent work, Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2010. The work of The Land Institute has been featured extensively in the popular media including The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic, Time Magazine,The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Life magazine named Wes Jackson as one of 18 individuals they predict will be among the 100 "important Americans of the 20th century." In the November 2005 issue, Smithsonian named him one of "35 Who Made a Difference" and in March, 2009 Wes was included in Rolling Stone's"100 Agents of Change. "In addition to lecturing nationwide and abroad, Dr. Jackson is involved outside The Land Institute with a variety of projects including being a Post Carbon Institute Fellow, a Councillor with the World Future Council and a member of the Green Lands Blue Waters Steering Committee.

April 5, 5 p.m., UClub (AU111)
Fermenting the Fruits of the Earth
Hard cider is intimately tied to the history and geography of the United States.  The first settlers in New England found the soil to be better suited to the growing of apples than the barley needed to make beer.  Having found only small, wild crabapple trees in Massachusetts upon their arrival, colonists quickly sent requests for apple seeds from England from which they began the cultivation of orchards for the production of cider. This Earth Project seeks to explore the world of hard cider as a way to educate the Butler community on its history and to explore the traditional craft of producing hard cider. 

This event will include a public presentation with the following elements: an overview of the history of cider production; a discussion of local conditions for cider production; a description and results of experiments with different kinds of yeast and different kinds of apples for cider production; and a tasting of the ciders produced.

Team members include: Brent Hege (Religion), Chris Hess (Biological Sciences), Travis Ryan (Biological Sciences), Brynnar Swenson (English), and Bill Watts (English).

April 10, seminar at 11 a.m. in PB156, reception from 11:50-1 p.m. at the Apothecary Garden path
"Apothecary Garden Revitalization Project"
The Butler University Apothecary Garden was originally designed by Ron Howe, a landscape architect, and Barbara Wilde, a designer who has a special interest in medicinal plants.This spring, the Garden is undergoing a revitalization with a variety of new medicinal plantings and an artistic bench installation. Come celebrate this restoration with us as we will first hear a talk about medicinal plants and ethnobotany followed by a choir presentation, art installation discussion, and reception with light refreshments.


Fall 2011 Events:


FarmCityAugust 22, 9:15 a.m., Clowes Hall
Freshman Convocation: Novella Carpenter (Farm City) and entrepreneur panel

Farm City author Novella Carpenter and panel discussion with Butler alumni Sara Snow, green living expert, and Laura Henderson of Growing Places Indy




September 2, 5-9 p.m., Harrison Center for the Arts (1505 N. Delaware St, Indianapolis)
FoodCon II
In 2010, the Harrison Center hosted FoodCon, an unconventional convention and first-of-its-kind showcase and exploration of the art and culture of food in Indianapolis.  The event attracted over 2000 attendees. Propelled by the interest and enthusiasm surrounding the 2010 event, the Harrison Center, in partnership with Butler University and others, announces FoodCon II to take place at the Harrison Center on Friday, September 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. Click here for more information.


September 13, 6:30 p.m., Clowes Memorial Hall
Networks for Life
Entomologist Doug Tallamy returns to Clowes Hall to discuss the scientific basis for biodiversity conservation. Biological diversity is essential to sustaining human societies, but throughout the U.S. we have fragmented the habitats that support biodiversity. These isolated habitats cannot support healthy ecosystems, from which we receive a wide variety of necessary services. We can reconnect viable habitats by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our residential and municipal landscapes. This strategy could create 20 million acres of connectivity in support of biodiversity. But we must act now. Click here for more information.


September 16, 5-7 p.m., Harrison Center for the Arts (1505 N. Delaware St, Indianapolis)
Food and the Machine
An evening of performance art and marketing will pair up Butler business and art classes for exploration around food marketing and its impact on our culture. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.


September 30, 5-7 p.m., Harrison Center for the Arts (1505 N. Delaware St, Indianapolis)
"Un-cooking" class 
Join Butler Professor Tom Dolan, local chefs and home cooks as they explore how to cook without using an oven. Hands-on demonstrations include using fermentation, citric acid, pickling, and raw food techniques to prepare delicious, healthy food. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.




October 7, summit at 1-4 p.m., film screening at 5 p.m., Indianapolis Museum of Art
Urbanized Summit: LOOK, MOVE, GROW and Urbanized film screening  
Engage with urban leaders and change-makers in a half-day summit focused on the design of Indianapolis and issues around urbanism: transit, civility, diversity, redevelopment, livability, and resilience. The summit is segmented into three themes: LOOK, MOVE, and GROW. In the LOOK segment, hear from experts on big ideas foundational to the future of our city. In MOVE, tackle issues surrounding transit in Indianapolis. In GROW, participate in a sticky-note brainstorming session facilitated by Big Car and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful designed to translate urban design livability principles into actionable ideas. Also, at the Urbanized Bazaar, meet those leading the latest and greatest uban design initiatives that are shaping Indianapolis now and in the future. At 5 p.m., Gary Hustwit's new film, Urbanized, will be screened in The Toby, following the summit. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.


November 4, 12:00-1:30 pm (lunch will be served), GH105
Guest lecture, Phaedra Pezzullo: Touring New Orleans Pre- and Post-Katrina: Environmental Justice, Communication, and Research
Dr. Phaedra Pezzullo's public lecture will draw from her extensive research on environmental justice, tourism, and communications in Louisiana over the last decade. Her analysis of commercial and noncommercial tours highlights the interconnections between tourist practices, discourse, and social mobilization, exploring the many different ways in which activists and businesses use tours. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.



November 9, 7-9 p.m., Athanaeum, Indianapolis
The Body and the Power of Sound
This free event is coming to Indianapolis as part of the 2011 Spirit and Place Festival.  The Body and the Power of Sound features international performing artist Andrea Brook, Musical Priestess Suzanne Sterling and the Earth Harp - the world's largest instrument. Listeners will sit underneath the strings, strung from the stage to the balcony above, and experience the unique longitudinal sound vibrations while being guided through awakening the chakra centers in the body to enliven the soul. Seating is divided into two section: a yoga mat area or general theater seating. Either way, join us in experiencing the healing power of sound with your own body. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.

Student Photo Gallery Show - November 14-18 (International Week), throughout Jordan Hall
Student Presentation on November 15, 5-6:30 pm, JH141
Seeing the Earth through Other Eyes
Throughout the week, a photo show of various sites visited, admiring both views of land inside and outside of the city of Rome will be on display throughout Jordan Hall, from students who traveled with Chris Bungard (Philosophy and Religion) to Rome and the Bay of Naples. On Tuesday, November 15, a presentation of some digital stories composed by these students will take place in JH141 from 5-6:30 pm. These students were each given a character sketch of an individual from Pompeii or Herculaneum (based on actual graffiti from the two towns). They then developed a story to explain how their character would have experienced the massive upheaval of earth caused in August of 79 CE when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.

Bungard jpeg

November 16, 7:30 pm, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, following with a reception in the Ford Salon
Yin Yang Ruminations:  Mahler's Song of the Earth
2011 marks the centenary of the death of one of the Romantic Era's greatest composers, Gustav Mahler. Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) a song cycle of symphonic proportions, is considered by many to be Mahler's greatest work. 
Butler faculty Mark Gilgallon (voice), Thomas Studebaker (voice), Anna Briscoe (music), Xiaoqing Liu (modern and foreign languages), and Frank Felice (music) will perform/present.
Click here to view a pdf poster for this event.

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For more information on the Earth Project, to submit a proposal, or to get a copy of the Earth Project image for use in your approved presentation or project please contact Tim Carter at tlcarter@gmail.com.