Engage: Faith and Science

Via the Butler Connection, I learned about this upcoming event: University of Indianapolis Professor of Biology Dr. John Langdon and former microbiologist/current pastor of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Rev. Christine Wulff  will discuss the intersection of faith and science at the Center for Faith and Vocation, 4615 Sunset Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m.Friday, Aug. 23. Have you [Read More...]

Desmond Tutu to Speak at Butler University

Butler University issues a press release yesterday about an upcoming event: Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) are honored to welcome Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall for a public address at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Generous support for this event is provided by [Read More...]

Intellectual Honesty vs. Statements of Faith

This coming academic year I will be teaching a class that runs in parallel to an annual public lecture series. The coming year’s topic is “Religion and Freedom of Speech.” It will look at the first amendment, specific examples related to Islam and to Russia, and academic freedom. In relation to that last point, here [Read More...]

Reflections on Teaching Online

As most readers are aware, this summer I taught my course on the Bible online for the first time. Now that it is complete, I want to offer some reflections on the experience, beginning from what I brought to the course, the preparations, and the actual delivery and implementation. Prior experience: I had some prior [Read More...]

2013 String Scholars Camp Finale Concert

I already shared the hilarious finale piece, “Remote Control.” Here are the other pieces performed by the full orchestra: Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho,”  and William Hofeldt’s “Lullaby.” [Read more...]

Remote Control

I’ll share some other music from the finale concert of this year’s String Scholars Camp at Butler University on another occasion. But I want to highlight this final piece from the concert, “Remote Control” by Richard Meyer. It is a wonderful bit of musical comedy. Richard Auldon Clark is the conductor, and Karen Thickstun is [Read More...]

Discovering How Not to Make a Lightbulb (or a Church)

My colleague Gautam Rao created posters for this past year's year-long series of events at Butler University centered around the theme of risk. Here is one of them, plus a second item he made explaining the inspiration for the first: The quote from Thimas Edison, that he had not failed over the years, he had [Read More...]

The Desmond Tutu Chair of Global Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Studies

The president of Butler University, Jim Danko, made this announcement today: Dear Butler Community Members,   Butler University values its Indianapolis neighbors and opportunities to collaborate with them on innovative projects. This announcement concerns one such very fulfilling partnership.   During the 2012-2013 academic year, world-renowned South African theologian Allan Boesak held a joint visiting appointment at [Read More...]

The CRAPpy Song (by The Crap Test Dummies)

Inspired by (and not to be outdone by) my recent effort to convey information literacy skills in song, my colleague Chad Bauman has written and recorded a song of his own. It is focused on the CRAP test, which is a mnemonic device for remembering key things to look for when evaluating sources. Have a [Read More...]

Video of John Green’s Butler University Commencement Address

I previously mentioned (and shared the text of) this wonderful speech to graduates by John Green at this year’s Butler University Commencement. But now there is a video available. Enjoy! [Read more...]

John Green’s Butler University 2013 Commencement Address

I just saw that John Green has shared the text of his commencement address, delivered at the graduation ceremony at Butler University this year. It was great, and so I encourage you to click through to read it!   [Read more...]


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