The Butler Risk Project 2012-2013
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
- Stimulating intellectual community built upon
interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty and
- 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,
Please send a brief summary (e.g., a paragraph or two) of your
proposal, including a projected budget, to The Risk Project -- firstname.lastname@example.org.The
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
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.
"Project Welcomes Risk," from The Butler Collegian,