Faculty Development

Waters Project Events Calendar

Waters Project End-of-the-Year Celebration

Thursday, April 21, 6-8 p.m., Fountain Room - Indianapolis Museum of Art

Join Butler colleagues as we watch the water flow forward from another productive and successful academic year. All faculty are invited, along with their spouse, partner or significant other, to attend this celebration, hosted by the Provost and the Waters Project Committee. The winners of Waters Project awards will be announced, artwork related to the Waters Project will be on display, and JCFA's Dr. Matthew Pivec will assemble a jazz ensemble to perform music on the theme of the event. Celebratory beverages and light appetizers will be served. The RSVP-by date has been extended to April 15. Please RSVP to Monica Strigari by clicking here.

"Generosity Water"

Monday, April 18, noon, JH180

Students in ED403 (Perspectives in Leadership), taught by Deb Lecklider, kick off Water Week on Monday, April 18. At this event, students in the class will present information about the clean water crisis in developing countries, information on Generosity Water, and plans for the class' "Water Week," April 18-22.

"Waters of the World - Human Stories of Water"

Tuesday, April 12, 4 p.m., Outside Starbucks (inside Starbucks in case of inclement weather)

Water is a dominant theme in the stories of many cultures across the globe. In this panel discussion, participants from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share stories of African, Indian, Scottish, Mediterranean, and Nordic peoples, and discuss the importance of water in their storytelling traditions. These stories will encourage those in attendance to consider the role that water plays around the world and throughout human history.


"An Evening of Water-Inspired Music for Piano"

Friday, March 4, 8 p.m., Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

In conjunction with the "Piano at Butler Recital Series," the Waters Project is sponsoring "An Evening of Water-Inspired Music for Piano"

Simon Docking presents a program of water-inspired piano music from around the world. Liszt's eerie premonition of Wagner's Venetian funeral procession contrasts with the brightness and resonance of three key works from Simon's native Australia. Peter Sculthorpe's Djilile ("whistling-duck on a billabong") is a simple and beautiful arrangement of an Aboriginal traditional song; Richard Meale's Coruscations evokes the flickering of sunlight on waves, and Ross Edwards' Kumari depicts the interplay of insect and bird noises at Pearl Beach, a seaside village north of Sydney. In La Bouscarle, from Olivier Messiaen's epic Catalogue d'Oiseaux, we are transported to the rivers and wetlands of central France for a virtuoso display by the teeming local birdlife, while in Britten's appealing Holiday Diary the English seaside is peopled with swimmers, sailors and other holidaymakers. After Berio's serene miniature Wasserklavier, the concert ends with John Cage's outrageous Water Music, where Docking plays not only the piano but various other "props" including radios, horns of various sizes, shells, and yes, even a bucket of water!


"¡Viva agua!: The Waters Project in Spain"

Monday, February 15, noon-1 p.m., Modern Language Center (JH387)

In Fall 2010, Dr. Linda Willem led a class of 17 students in Butler University's Semester in Spain program. The students studied at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and visited various sites throughout Spain, paying attention to the waters at each location. Additionally, Dr. Willem taught a course on Madrid in which she also incorporated the waters theme. Join us for a light lunch and refreshments as Dr. Willem and some of her students recall the waters of Spain and share their experiences.  


"Turning Water into Beer and other Small Miracles"

Friday, December 3, 3 p.m., Johnson Room, Robertson Hall

Join faculty home brewers for a discussion and demonstration on the art and science of beer making. Drs. Hege, Hess, Swenson, and Watts have brewed two batches of a cream ale using the same recipe but different water sources to highlight the role water plays in the brewing process. A tasting of the experimental beers and four other beers (a Northwestern IPA, a Colonial-style big-bad brown ale, a Belgian Tripel, and a Spiced Christmas ale) will be presented for interested parties aged 21 and over. All are invited to participate in the discussion.


"Local Waters = Local Brews"

Thursday, November 18, 5 p.m., Krannert Room (Clowes)

Each year, more than 50,000,000,000 pints of beer are consumed in the United States.

On average, about 95% of each pint is water.

Join three Indianapolis area brewers (Dave Colt from Sun King Brewing, Ted Miller from Brugge, and Jon Lang of the new Triton Brewing Company), Anita Johnson from Great Fermentations, and Rita Kohn, author of True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana, for a lively conversation on the role of water, locality and sustainability in Indiana brewing.

The next time you hoist a pint, ask yourself: Where are you drinking?


"The Sea is Calm Tonight: A Centennial Celebration of the Music of Samuel Barber"

Sunday, November 14, 5 p.m., Irwin Library, Main Floor, Southwestern Quadrant

This year (2010) marks the centenary of the birth of Samuel Barber (1910-1981), one of America's premier classical composers.  Barber has been described as "one of the most honored and most frequently performed American composers in Europe and the Americas during the mid-20th century."  Written in 1931, Barber's Dover Beach is a setting for baritone and string quartet of a melancholic Victorian poem by English poet Matthew Arnold.  Many of the work's musical themes are directly related to the undulating tide.  These include the opening and closing motifs and the central musical themes in the string quartet which have a tidal shape and feeling.  The poem relates the ebb and flow of water to the ebb and flow of religious faith.  Arnold uses very direct water imagery in the poem, the first stanza of which reads:

 The sea is calm to-night.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits, on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! You hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.

This lecture/recital would involve performances of Barber's Dover Beach with JCFA voice faculty member Dr. Kyle Ferrill accompanied by a string quartet made up of JCFA School of Music students, a brief lecture on Barber and his Adagio by JCFA faculty emeritus Dr. Wayne C. Wentzel, and a performance of Barber's String Quartet Op. 11 from which the Adagio is taken


"Rivers of India: Population, Pollution and Piety"

Monday, November 8, 6 p.m., Jordan Hall 141

India's rivers present a paradox.  They are among the most polluted rivers in the world.  And yet, at the same time, many of them are deified, considered goddesses by pious Hindus who bathe in them daily and hope to die and be cremated along their shores.  In fact, these pieties at times obstruct attempts to address the problem of pollution, as they do in the case of the river Ganges.  After all, how could the river goddess ("Mother Ganges") be impure?  Dr. David Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, and Dr. Kelly Alley, Professor of Anthropology at Auburn University, will deal with these and other issues relevant to the rivers of India.


"Something in the Water" by FYS 101:024 (Scary Stories) students

Thursday, October 28, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., JH083

Students in FYS 101:024 (Scary Stories) will have a poster session focused on all things scary related to water. Come view student artwork and scholarly posters and discuss with the students their findings about the frightening dimensions of our most precious resource.

Refreshments will be provided.


"Moravian Music" by Sarah Eyerly

Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Throughout history, blood has been described as the "water of life" [aqua vitae], and it is through this lens that the improvised singing of the Moravians can be viewed.  Like many religious communities throughout history, members of the eighteenth-century utopias of the Moravian church crafted rituals of self-transformation that arrested participants through the senses.  Moravian believers longed to be caressed and cradled inside Christ's body, pierced and gashed by thorns and nails, their mouths overflowing with blood.

They sang together softly, prostrate upon the floor, meditating upon graphic representations of the suffering Christ. In the ecstasy of these communal rituals, worshippers improvised hymns. Improvisation was a religious practice, and demonstrated a commitment of body, mind, and soul to the community.  Improvised singing cast an aural boundary around the community. Through this improvised communal singing, Moravians connected the inward (physical) and outward (spiritual) realm into one harmonious creation.  In the words of one hymn, "Their mouths were filled with blood, and they sang together in joyful union with the heavenly spheres."

The concert will begin with a 30-minute lecture on the musical practices of the Moravian church. Then, audience members will witness an actual improvised service, called a Singstunde [singing hour].  The participants in the Singstunde will be Dr. Sarah Eyerly, 16 student singers, and an organist.  During the service, graphic 18th-century artworks created by Moravians to accompany their singing will be projected on the back of the stage.  These artworks depict the blood and suffering of Christ in intensely personal ways: little wound bees burrowing into Christ's wounds, cups, tables, and chairs portrayed inside Christ's side wound, stages of the decaying body of Christ, and worshippers bathing in the blood of Christ.  The audience will also be encouraged to sing at certain points in the concert.

Following the concert Lovefeast buns (traditional buns served by Moravians during Singstunden) and coffee will be served.


"Maiden Voyage" by Matt Pivec and the Faculty Jazz Combo and Guests

Tuesday, October 19, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert lecture @ 7:00 pm), Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Matt Pivec (JCFA) and the Faculty Jazz Combo, along with guest musicians, will perform the songs from Maiden Voyage, an album by the famed jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.  The five tone poems that comprise this album have become standards in the jazz repertoire.  Furthermore, the album as a whole is considered a "must listen" for jazz musicians and aficionados.  

Each of Hancock's five pieces depicts a particular aspect of a sea voyage.  In Hancock's own words from the original album cover:

The sea has often stirred the imagination of creative minds involved in all spheres of art.  There still exists an element of mystery which surrounds the sea and living aquatic creations which provide it with its vital essence.  Atlantis, the Sargasso Sea, giant serpents, and mermaids are only a few of the many folkloric mysteries which have evolved through man's experience with the sea.

This music attempts to capture its vastness and majesty, the splendor of a sea-going vessel on its maiden voyage, the graceful beauty of the playful dolphins, the constant struggle for survival of even the tiniest sea creatures, and the awesome destructive power of the hurricane, nemesis of seamen. 

Each of the five pieces is frequently performed individually.   However, they are rarely performed as a complete unit.  The Butler Faculty Jazz Combo will perform the pieces from Maiden Voyage in the order they were presented on the original album.  Prior to the formal performance, Dr. Pivec will present a brief pre-concert lecture.  The purpose of the lecture is to provide the audience with background knowledge through which to better understand the performance.   In particular, he will discuss the specific musical devices and themes that Hancock uses to depict his vision of a vessel's maiden voyage.