Faculty Development

Event Calendar

Those Upon Whom the Sun Never Sets: A Photo Celebration of Butler University's Globally Engaged Students, Faculty, and Staff

A photo exhibition, available daily from March 29 through April 2 in the corridor near the Center for Global Education, Jordan Hall 212. 

Every year, hundreds of Butler students, faculty, and staff members spread out across all regions of the globe for periods of study, research, service learning, and teaching, as well as for internships, performing arts engagements, and the like.  As the earth's rotation carries them along, it can truly be said that the sun never sets on Butler's myriad global engagements.  In this photo exhibition, sponsored by the Sunset Project of the Provost's Office, we highlight some of these globally engaged Butler students, faculty and staff.

The Second Sunset: Religion, Science, and Creation

March 31, 2010

Noon until 1:00 p.m. Johnson Room of Robertson Hall

Come find out what happened when faculty in religion and biology (as well as several other areas) got together to read and discuss the way scholars understand the creation stories in Genesis. It promises to be lively!  The event is related to the March 18th event ("The First Sunset"), and is co-sponsored by the CrossCurrents program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Sunset Project.  Jimmy John's sandwiches will be available to the first 50 people to arrive.  Free and open to the public. 

Dedication of "Gathering," A Garden on Sunset

April 15, 2010

Noon until 1:00 p.m. Center for Faith and Vocation

Join Butler professors Leah Gauthier, Gautam Rao, director for the Center of Urban Ecology Timothy Carter, and Earth Charter Butler on the front lawn of the Center for Faith and Vocation for the dedication of "Gathering," a work of art  that will produce rare heirloom vegetables and herbs for the Butler community, provide seating space for rest and mediation, serve as a spot for sharing meals, and create a distribution point for other food produced from the new Butler Campus Farm.

The Sunset of Suntanning?  Revisiting the Bronze Age

April 21, 2010

Noon until 1:00 p.m. Gallahue Hall 108

A discussion with Jo Ellen Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Millikin University, about the history and aesthetics of Western's women's (somewhat recent and unique) obsession with tanning, considering issues related to class, race, culture, and gender. There promises to be lots of show and tell; Dr. Jacobs has dolls, gloves, potions and more!  Professors Elizabeth Mix and Ageeth Sluis will respond.  The symposium is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Sunset Project, and is free and open to all members of the Butler community.  Jimmy John's sandwiches will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Sundown Celebration

April 22, 2010

7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Skyline Club 

Please join your Butler colleagues as we watch the sun set on another productive and successful academic year. Faculty are invited to attend this celebration (along with your spouse or partner), hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Sunset Project Committee at the Skyline Club downtown.  The winners of Sunset Project awards will be announced, artwork related to the Sunset Project will be on display, and JCFA's Dr. Matthew Pivec will lead a student jazz ensemble as they perform music on the theme of the event. 
Celebratory beverages and light appetizers  will be served.

Please RSVP to Monica Strigari (mstrigar@butler.edu) by Thursday, April 8th

The Skyline Club is located on the top floor of One American Square (formerly the AUL Tower).  One America Square is bordered by Capitol Ave. and Illinois St. to the east and west, and New York St. and Ohio St. to the north and south. Parking is available in the building's underground garage or on the street.

*More events will appear here as they are scheduled.


Past Events


The Value of a Sunset: Tourism, Sustainability, and the Environment

November 6, 2009

Noon-1:00 p.m. Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall

A symposium open to the entire Butler Community and led by professors Bela Florenthal (COB), Gregory Osland (COB), and Robin Turner (LAS).

Don't Let the Sun Set on Pedagogy in Indiana

November 18, 2009

5:00-7:00 p.m. Robertson Sitting Room

A short discussion of the Indiana Department of Education's teacher licensing proposal, it's potential effect on the College and on pedagogy in the state, and the College's efforts to slow down the implementation of new regulations. 

Ethics and Issues at the Sunset of Life

December 2, 2009

Noon-1:00 p.m. Johnson Room of Robertson Hall

A symposium open to the entire Butler Community and led by professors Priscilla Ryder (COPHS), Dick McGowan (COB), and Jane Gervasio (COPHS). 

From Sunrise to Sunset, from Hope to Consternation: The Obama Presidency

January 19, 2010

2:30 p.m. Butler Starbucks of Atherton Union

Dr. Terri Jett (Political Science) and Butler student Whittney Murphy analyze shifting public opinion on the Obama Presidency through posters and a presentation.

Imaginary Sunsets

February 10, 2010

3:00 p.m. Johnson Room of Robertson Hall.

A literary hour, hosted by the English Department, with readings from literature, poetry, and some original works, around the theme of sunsets. 

The Sunset and the Dawn: Idioms of Native American Death and Renewal in Public Culture

March 1, 2010

3:00 p.m. Atherton Union 326

Casey Kelly, from the Department of Communication Studies, and Butler students Katherine Adams, Katie Clark, Rachael Essig, and Brandon Ng will discuss two antagonistic metaphors employed to represent Native Americans: the sunset and the dawn. Whereas the perceived decline of Native Americans cultures was represented by foreboding yet sentimental imagery of sunsets, Native activists in the 20th century provided the idiom of "dawn" to represent rebirth, and resistance.

The First Sunset:  Cosmology in the Ancient World and Genesis One

March 18, 2010

6:00 p.m. Johnson Room of Robertson Hall

John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College (Illinois), and author of The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, will talk about the interpretation of creation narratives in the Bible.  This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and co-sponsored by the Sunset Project.