Center for Faith and Vocation

Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization

Freedom of Expression and Religion in Global Context

Jan. 28 and Feb.25, 2014

All seminars begin at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm.

This four-part seminar series brings scholars, religious leaders and other experts from across the nation and around the world to Butler for discussions about the intersection of religion and major issues of our time. The seminar meets throughout the academic year for evening presentations and question-and-answer sessions. All sessions are 7-9 p.m. Most sessions are in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and Ticketmaster*. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Tickets for the Sept. 24 and Oct. 21, 2013 events will be available Sept. 3, 2013. Tickets for the Jan. and Feb. events will be available Jan. 3, 2014. The box office is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.

*Ticketmaster fees apply

For more information contact Judith Cebula, Director, Center for Faith and Vocation, at (317) 923-7252.

Mr. Putin Goes to Church: Religion and Freedom of Speech in Modern Russia

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014/Clowes Hall, Krannert Room

Members of a feminist punk band made international headlines when they were arrested in 2012 after a performance critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin took place inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. This case highlights a landscape of religious and political tension that has given rise to anti-gay legislation and blasphemy laws. We will explore the history, cultural context, and political realities at play.


Nadieszda KizenkoNadieszda Kizenko is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Albany. Professor Kizenko has written widely about the place of religion in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine and about women and religion in that region.


Paul -VallierePaul Valliere is McGregor Professor in the Humanities and a professor of religion at Butler University. Founder of the Butler Seminar on Religion and Global Civilization, Valliere is also a noted scholar of Russian Orthodox Christianity.

Patrick -MichelsonPatrick Michelson is an assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. His research focuses on intellectual history of Russian Orthodox Christianity.

Faith and Academic Freedom in Higher Education

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014/Clowes Hall, Krannert Room

Since 1915 the American Association of University Professors has promoted standards of academic freedom for U.S. colleges and universities. It has included efforts to protect faculty at religiously affiliated schools whose research, teaching, or other public speech may be odds with the religious principles of their schools. This session will explore the intersection of the academic freedom of professors and the religious identity of their academic institutions.


Mary BurganMary Burgan is emeritus professor of English at Indiana University. From 1994 to 29004 she served as general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, an organization dedicated to academic freedom in higher education. She is the author of What Ever Happened to the Faculty?  Drift and Decision in Higher Education (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). 


Steve SandersSteve Sanders is an associate professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. His research and teaching focus on constitutional law, sexuality and the law, and academic freedom issues.

Peter EnnsPeter Enns is a theologian and biblical scholar in wisdom literature and the Old Testament. A former professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, he now teaches at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.