Skip to main content
Aerial image of Butler University campus
Faculty Development

Brown Bag Series

The Brown Bag Series provides an opportunity for Butler faculty to present their original research, scholarship, and creative work, aimed to speak to both departmental colleagues and those in completely different disciplines. 

Students, staff and faculty are all welcome. Light refreshments will be available. No RSVP required.

Show 2018-19 Presentations:


"Luther Goes Viral: Social Media and Mass Communication in the Lutheran Reformation"
Presented by Brent Hege, Religion
Wednesday, September 26
12:30-1:30 p.m., AU326

There are many reasons for the success of the Lutheran Reformation, as political, social, economic, theological, and historical factors all coincided in a way they never had before. But one crucial aspect of the Lutheran Reformation that was missing in earlier attempts at reform was the cheap, efficient production and dissemination of texts and images. Without the social media of the 16th century, we very likely would know of Luther only through footnotes in histories of medieval Europe. Instead, churches, scholars, and media outlets around the world took stock last year of an event that began 500 years ago in a small university town far removed from the center of power, an event that blossomed into a fundamental reorganization of society, thanks in no small part to new forms of social media and mass communication.


Presentation titles and abstracts forthcoming for the following sessions:

Anne Wilson: Tuesday, November 13, 12:30-1:30, Reilly Room 

Travis Ryan and Carmen Salsbury: Friday, January 25, noon-1:00 p.m., AU326

Kim Beck and Heather Hazelwood: Thursday, February 21, 12:30-1:30, AU326

Sarah Painitz: March 2019 (date pending)

Melissa DeFrench: Thursday, April 11, 12:30-1:30, AU326




Presentation Proposal Process and Application Instructions

Faculty interested in presenting a Brown Bag lecture in the following academic year should submit a proposal by May 1st of the current academic year.

Proposals should include the following: description of the session, objective of the session, ways of including the audience, and what attendees can expect to learn. To submit a proposal, please send your responses to the following items in an email to by May 1st.

  1. What is your college/department affiliation?
  2. Please briefly describe your proposed Brown Bag session (150 words or fewer). A detailed abstract will be requested at a later date if your proposal is accepted.
  3. List at least two things you expect attendees to learn from your session.
  4. Please describe the ways in which you plan to make this session engaging, hands-on, and/or participant-focused.
  5. Will you provide a PowerPoint, a handout, or a website for attendees to refer to for more information?
  6. Have you presented as part of the Brown Bag series in the past? If so, when?
  7. If you are not selected to present a full-length session this year, would you be willing to give a short-format presentation during an end-of-year “Pearls of Wisdom” session in which multiple faculty members present a brief version of their lecture?

Proposals will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • Organization and clarity
  • Novelty and innovation/creativity
  • Likelihood of being interactive/engaging

In addition, selection will be based, in part, on the desire to offer a variety of topics so as to appeal to different faculty, staff, and students across disciplines. First-time presenters and faculty from underrepresented colleges/units/disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia at or at 317-940-8558. Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.