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Butler University Founder's Week: February 2-8, 2020; BU | Be Demia
Founder's Week

Founder's Week—Previous Year‘ Events



Original Founder’s Day short documentary “Ovid’s Vision”  by Indy Blue Video

Displays in Irwin Library including:

  • Suffragist Exhibit
  • Founder’s Day Exhibit
  • Shortridge High School Student Art Contest Submissions

Founder’s Day Website

  • Schedule of Events
  • Historical background
  • Original short documentary

Monday, February 3

Diversity Connections: Student Event

Reilly Room, 5:30–7:00 PM
Hosted by the Career and Professional Success office
Employers that promote diverse workplaces will meet with Butler students

Tuesday, February 4

Founder’s Week Trivia Hour

Starbucks/Bookstore, Noon–1:00 PM
Prizes for participants
Open to staff, faculty, students

Movie Screenings and Discussion

BCR CREDIT (one BCR credit eligible)

Double Feature: On the Basis of Sex and Hidden Figures
Jordan Hall, Room 141, 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM
Snacks and drinks provided
Open to students; staff and faculty are welcome to attend

Wednesday, February 5

ACLU Panel Discussion: Reproductive Rights


Speak Freely Series
Johnson Room, Noon-1:00 PM
Lunch available at 11:30 AM
Open to staff, faculty, students, and community members

Visiting Writer’s Series: Carmen Machado


Shelton Auditorium, South Campus, 7:30–9:00 PM
Co-sponsoring with the Department of English
Open to staff, faculty, students, and community members

Wednesday, February 5–Sunday, February 9

Midwinter Dances: World Premiere Performances

Part of the JCA Signature Series

Clowes Memorial Hall on following days/times:

  • February 5, 7:30 PM
  • February 6, 7:30 PM
  • February 7, 8:00 PM
  • February 8, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • February 9, 2:00 PM

Original Work by Composer Michael Abels and Choreographer Patrick de Bana
Butler Ballet and Butler Wind Ensemble directed by Michael Colburn

Thursday, February 6

Voter Registration Drive with League of Women Voters Indianapolis

Shelton Auditorium, 5:30–7:00 PM

Keynote Presentation: Sally Perkins’ Digging in Their Heels


Shelton Auditorium, 7:30 PM
One woman show on suffrage movement
Open to staff, faculty, students

Friday, February 7

Founder’s Day Grant Winners Presentations


Irwin Collaborative Space, Noon–1:00 PM
Lunch served at 11:30 AM
Open to staff, faculty, students

Community Event: Women’s Basketball Game Founder’s Day Celebration

Hinkle Fieldhouse, 7:00 PM
Open to staff, faculty, students
Two free tickets w/ Butler ID prior to game
One free ticket voucher to all Butler Lab School students
T-shirts and other giveaways
Special Guest: Freddie Fever

Saturday, February 8

Desmond Tutu Peace Lab + SGA Trip (co-sponsor)

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati
Transportation provided
Depart Butler 8:00 AM and return at 5:00 PM
Open to students and organizing faculty and staff


Original Founder’s Day Video “BU/Be You”

Displays in Library including:

  • Shortridge High School Student Art Contest Submissions  
  • Founder’s Day Exhibit
  • Mary Church Terrell Exhibit (on loan from Oberlin College)

Press release information

Monday, February 4

Core Conversation: Freedom and Movement in the Transatlantic World

Atherton Union 111, 12:00 PM
Faculty series; students and staff welcome to join
Lunch tickets provided to attendees

Tuesday, February 5

Movie Screening: Bohemian Rhapsody

Fairview Room, 7:00 PM
Snacks provided; Trivia questions and prizes
Open to staff, faculty, students
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Credit

Wednesday, February 6

ACLU Panel Discussion: Rights for Everyone
Speak Freely Series  

Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall, Noon
Lunch available in Ford Salon at 11:30 AM
Open to staff, faculty, students and community members
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event

Indiana Immigration Simulation: Experience arriving in Indiana as an immigrant

Reilly Room, 6:00–8:00 PM
Hosted by the Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC)
Open to staff, faculty, students and community members
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event

Thursday, February 7

Founder’s Day Trivia Hour

Starbucks/Bookstore, Noon–1:00 PM
Prizes for participants
Open to staff, faculty, students

Keynote Speaker: Menah Pratt-Clarke
A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor:
Lessons About Race, Class & Gender in America

JH 141, 4:00 PM
Book signing and refreshments sponsored by Black Alumni Association
Open to staff, faculty, students and community members
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event

Friday, February 8

Founder’s Day at Butler: Presentation by Committee Members

Ford Salon, Noon–1:30 PM
STEP Lunch & Learn Event

Community Event: Women’s Basketball Game

Hinkle Fieldhouse, 7:00 PM
Open to staff, faculty, students
2 free tickets with Butler ID in advance or day of event


Founder’s Day Original Video “How Does Place Shape Our Identity”

Displays in Irwin Library included:

  • Shortridge High School Student Art Contest Submissions: “Place + Identity”
  • Founder’s History Exhibit
  • Founder’s Day Grant Winners Posters

Twitter #WWOD, Instagram, and other social media will also be active during Founder's Week

Saturday, February 3

Books and Breakfast: I am Not Your Negro

MLK Center, Butler’s Political Science Department, Desmond Tutu Center
Martin Luther King Community Center, 40 West 40th Street, 10:00 AM

Sunday, February 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Oratorical Competition

Diversity Center is hosting
Reilly Room, 3:00 PM

Monday, February 5

Big Questions: Place, Identity, and Faith

Center for Faith & Vocation, SGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Board co-hosting
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) event
Irwin Library Collaborative Space, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Lunch will be served, please RSVP to

Episodes Debunked: Stereotypes Portrayed on TV

Episodes of She’s Gotta Have It and Brooklyn 99 will be shown
SGA’s Diversity & Inclusion Board is hosting
Pharmacy Building, Room 156, 5:00–7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 6

Rebel Bulldog: The Story of One Family, Two States and the Civil War

Book Discussion and Signing with Jason Lantzer, Assistant Director, Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement (CHASE)
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) event
Irwin Library Collaborative Space, 4:00-6:00 PM

February 7: Founder’s Day!

ACLU Panel: Is There a Place for Restorative Justice in Our Community?  

Panelists: ACLU IN Executive Director Jane Henegar, Woodrow Wilson Fellow & Visiting Scholar Fania Davis and First Year Seminar Guest Poet Ian Manuel (Just Mercy)

Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall,  Noon
Light lunch will be available in the Ford Salon at 11:30 AM
Free event open to all staff, faculty, students and community

Keynote: Restorative Justice As a Means to Address Historical Harm

Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Visiting Scholar Fania Davis
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
Reilly Room, 7:30 PM

February 8

STEP Lunch and Learn: Founder’s Day Grant Winners Presentations

Irwin Collaborative Space, Noon
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
Lunch served, RSVP to
Open to all staff, faculty and students

Java & Justice

Conversation with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Fania Davis
Diversity Center, 2:30 PM
Cookies and coffee will be served

Indiana Immigration Simulation

Experience Arriving in Indiana as an Immigrant

Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC) is hosting
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
ResCo Dining Hall, 4:00–6:00 PM

Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIBs) Movie Night

Get Out (2017 psychological thriller about racism)

Jess Butler, Instructor of Sociology, will lead discussion
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
Diversity Center, 5:00 PM 

February 9

Social Justice & Diversity (SJD) Community

Open Office Hours - Learn more about the SJD Requirement
Diversity Center, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Diversity Center Open House

DC student groups will be present to introduce themselves
Atherton Union Diversity Center, 3:00–4:00 PM

First Year Seminar Workshop w/ Guest Poet Ian Manuel (Just Mercy)

Limited Audience: Contact Angela Hofstetter, Instructor of English, at
Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 3:30 PM

First Fridays at Four: Founder’s Week

Diversity Center and CFV Co-hosting
Atherton Union Diversity Center, 4:00–5:00 PM
Pizza will be served

Butler Community Night: Women’s Basketball Game vs DePaul         

Hinkle Fieldhouse, 7:00 PM
2 tickets free for BU community w/ID (check with box office in advance)

February 12

Guest Speaker Levi Baer: Talk Isnt Cheap: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective on Communication as Social Justice

Sponsored by the Lacy School of Business, NEH Ayres Fund, Founder’s Day Committee
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR) Event
Jordan Hall, Room 141, 2:30 PM


Ongoing Activities

  • Original Founder’s Day Video “What Does Justice Mean to You”
  • Displays in Library
    • Shortridge High School Student Art Contest Submission and Information re. Shortridge Historical Connection
    • Founder’s Day Exhibit
    • Founder’s Day Grant Winners Posters
  • Twitter feeds from President and others
    • #WWOD to share thoughts during Founder’s Week
  • 1855 Scholarship Drive to benefit the Diversity Center

February 4

  • Women’s game vs Xavier, Hinkle Fieldhouse, 1:00 PM 
  • Free for students, staff, faculty
    • 2 tickets w/ Butler ID at door
  • T-Shirts/Giveaways

February 3 and 4

  • BCR Event: The Back Pocket Play, LH 328, 7:00 PM
    • Original student directed play by Sonia Goldberg
    • Reception with the director immediately following
    • Free event

February 7

  • BCR Event: Film Screening
    • ​​“What Does Justice Mean to You” original short film​
    • Children of Syria film aired on Frontline April 2016
    • Fairview House Community Room, 3:00 PM

February 8

  • BCR Event: Fighting for Our Rights: A Discussion with Ken Faulk from the ACLU of Indiana
    • Reilly Room, 9:30 AM
    • Breakfast served
    • Free event open to all staff, faculty, and students

February 10

  • Undoing Racism Workshop Presentation, Irwin Collaborative, 11:30 AM
    • Lunch served
    • Free event open to all staff and faculty

February 11

  • Books and Breakfast Discussion: Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK Center 40 W. 40th Street, 10:00 AM
    • Moderated by Dr. Terri Jett, Professor of Political Science


Ongoing Activities

  • Video presentation ("Why Founder's Week?")
  • Founder's Day exhibit in Irwin Library
  • Exhibit of artistic submissions from Shortridge High School students on the theme of Privilege and Opportunity

Sunday, February 7

  • 2:00 PM, Hinkle Fieldhouse
    Women's Basketball, Butler vs. Providence. 
    In commemoration of Butler's actual Founder's Day -- February 7 -- admission is free for students, staff, and faculty. Founder's Week t-shirts will be distributed.*

Monday, February 8

  • 2:00 PM, Irwin Library
    Kickoff event, during which a class photo including Gertrude Mahorney (see fact #5 at right) will be unveiled.
  • 5:30-8:30 PM, Diversity Center*
    Screening of film "Higher Learning," (1995, John Singleton), followed by discussion. View a trailer for the film.

Tuesday, February 9

  • Advocacy Day and voter registration drive (online registration through TurboVote), outside Starbucks
  • 12:00-1:00 PM, Center for Faith & Vocation*
    Pizza and dialogue on "Faith: Does It Encourage or Discourage Inclusivity?"
  • 5:00-7:30 PM, ResCo *
    Celebration of Mardi Gras.

Wednesday, February 10

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Starbucks
    Voter registration drive (online registration through TurboVote)
  • 12:00 noon, Johnson Room (Robertson)
    Panel discussion, "Campus Speech: Free or Filtered? Privilege or Opportunity?" Part of the First Wednesdays series presented by ACLU of Indiana. Registration and lunch at 11:30. Butler Cultural Requirement credit. 
  • 7:30-9:00 PM, Diversity Center *
    Qurrat Ann Kadwani, star of They Call Me Q, will be on hand for this event sponsored by DIB. Butler Cultural Requirement credit.

Thursday, February 11

  • Inaugural Day of Giving, in celebration of Founder's Week. The goal of this one-day campaign is to celebrate Butler and increase support for student scholarships and the Butler Fund. A gift of any size will help reach the donation goal of 600 gifts. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the impact of gifts can be multiplied. 
  • 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Reilly Room
    An "(Un)Fair," featuring interactive games and displays. Food trucks will be available outside Atherton.*
  • 6:30-8:00 PM, Reilly Room *
    Diversity Game Show: Fun, interactive game show hosted by Simplified Entertainment.

Friday, February 12

  • 2:00-4:30 PM, PB-156
    Screening of documentary film "Tested" by Curtis Chin. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of school-aged youth, they represent less than 5% at the city's most elite public high schools. "Tested" follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th-graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. "Tested" explores access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. The screening will be followed by discussion with Curtis Chin. View a trailer for the film. Butler Cultural Requirement credit.
  • 5:30-8:00 PM, Diversity Center *
    Pride Party: Celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community. With DJ Heartbreaker.

Saturday, February 13

  • 2:30 PM, Hinkle Fieldhouse
    Men's Basketball, Butler vs. Xavier. Founder's Week t-shirts will be distributed.

* Sponsored by the Diversity Inclusion Board (Student Gov't Assoc.) and/or the Diversity Center, in conjunction with Founder's Week.