It Gets Better (from Butler University)

Somehow I missed this video when it first appeared, even though it includes more than one student I know, and one who is a religion major. It always makes me proud to see students I have taught showing the strength of character to be leaders and stand for what is right! [Read more...]

Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole

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RIP Nelson Mandela

The news is just breaking that former South African president, and famous leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, has passed away at age 95. My condolences to his family, my South African friends, and Allan Boesak, colleague at Butler University and director of the new Desmond Tutu Center. [Read more...]

Rainbow

In case you ever wondered what is at the end of the rainbow, I now have photographic evidence of the answer: the Butler University campus! There is severe weather in our area, but when the sun broke through the clouds, the result was spectacular. If you are anywhere in the region currently affected by the [Read More...]

Postcards from Butler

Today I learned of the existence of a history blog “Vintage Irvington.” It includes a couple of posts about, and pictures of postcards from, Butler College, which is what Butler University was called when it had its campus there in Irvington. [Read more...]

Religion and Science Fiction on Halloween

Today was the first time that my class on religion and science fiction has met on Halloween, and so I dressed appropriately, and encouraged students to do the same. Few rose to the challenge, as you can see in the photo (the student on the right explained that she was dressed as a muggle). I [Read More...]

Islam and Freedom of Expression

Here is the video of the second public lecture in this year’s series on religion and freedom of expression. This one focuses on Islam, and the three speakers are Saba Mahmood, Peter Gottschalk, and Sholeh Shahrokhi. [Read more...]

STS Instructor Position

A couple of courses I teach, such as “Religion and Science,” count towards the Science, Technology, and Society program here at Butler University. And so I thought I ought to circulate this job advertisement connected with that program: Instructor Science, Technology and Society Program Butler University announces an Instructor position in its Science, Technology and [Read More...]

Butler University’s Royals

The above a cappella rendition of Lorde’s song “Royals” has been getting a lot of attention. What some may not know is that the singers are Butler University students, connected with the female a cappella group Freshly Brewed, which I had the privilege to be the faculty sponsor for when Kathleen Marvin started it back [Read More...]

Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum

As the Butler STS blog mentioned today, my colleague Brent Hege will be giving a brown bag lunchtime talk about the Creation Museum tomorrow. It should be very interesting! [Read more...]

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Faith

The Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization got off to a wonderful start this year, with a session focused on freedom of religion as defined in the first amendment to the United States Constitution. Our three guest speakers were Sheila Seuss Kennedy, Rick Garnett, and Dan Conckle. Some who have attended many of [Read More...]


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