Office of the Provost

The Butler Risk Project 2012-2013risklogo


In each of the past three academic years, the provost's office has supported a multidisciplinary project that has brought together members of the Butler community to explore a common theme.  The goal of these projects is to encourage collaborations that bridge our colleges, programs, and departments, as well as to generate thought-provoking, worthwhile educational experiences for the Butler community. 

This year's theme is "risk."

This theme was developed by a group of faculty members who responded to a request for theme ideas and suggestions at the end of spring semester. The group noted that risk is inherent in many activities we undertake in our personal and professional lives. That is, success and failure are interwoven, and moving forward often involves embracing the risk of an unknown outcome. 

Indeed, as Thomas Edison purportedly said about his quest to invent a reliable, long-lasting incandescent light: "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."

The Risk Project will span the 2012-13 academic year with projects and events related to the theme. 

Call for Proposals

The Risk Project steering committee is seeking programming ideas and asks for proposals related to the topic of risk that embody or reflect the Butler mission by:

  • Representing the highest quality of liberal arts and professional education.
  • Integrating the liberal arts with professional education.
  • Stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty and staff.
  • Keeping the ideas of innovation and collaboration in mind while generating thought-provoking, worthwhile educational experiences for the Butler community.  

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Oct. 31, 2012.

Please send a brief summary (e.g., a paragraph or two) of your proposal, including a projected budget, to The Risk Project -- committee will offer modest grants to offset the cost of events or projects (creative, scholarly, pedagogical) related to the theme. Inquiries about the project may also be made at the same address.

In proposing a project, program or activity to The Risk Project, the definition of risk is up to you. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to apply.

Calendar of Events, 2012-2013

Also see "Project Welcomes Risk," from The Butler Collegian, 10/31/12.