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Butler Chorale Members Are Back For An Encore


PUBLISHED ON Jul 27 2015

He left Butler nearly 20 years ago, but, from 1986–1996, Michael Shasberger provided his students in the Butler Chorale with great memories—including five international tours and the staging of Handel’s “Messiah”—along with instruction that still guides them today.

The memories are so strong, in fact, that over the July 24–26 weekend, about two dozen of Shasberger’s former students came from all over the country to reunite and sing with him again in Indianapolis.
Former members of the Butler Chorale returned to Butler to sing with their former conductor, Michael Shasberger.

“He’s probably one of the finest choral conductors I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with a lot of conductors,” said Sam Hepler ’94, a professional singer and musician based in New York City. “He’s a wonderful man and was a wonderful teacher—and I’m sure he still is—and he brought the best out of all of us.”

Shasberger and his former students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday for a Sunday performance at North United Methodist Church. The song selection included some numbers they performed in the student chorale, as well as a few more current pieces.

Mary Scheib ’96 organized this reunion, the second time Shasberger’s Butler students have gotten back together. (The first was in 2009.) These days, Scheib, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, sings as a freelancer and has a day job in professional development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Although some of the reunion participants had never met each other because their years in school didn’t overlap, they were “bound by the shared experience of Michael Shasberger,” Scheib said.

“Dr. Shasberger has such a style with singers to not only make them comfortable singing in their own way—in their own voice, rather than in a choral voice—but to inspire them to sing better,” she said. “That created such an environment of growth while you’re here for four years that everybody wanted to come back and experience that again. Not to mention all the friendships that are forged and funny stories that happen along the way.”

Shasberger, who now teaches and conducts at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, estimated that about half the participants in this reunion are active as professional singers. Some still sing on the side, and some have found completely different careers.

What they have in common is “a wonderful sense of community. An incredible spirit ran through the group. It’s really affirming, and a real delight. And it’s so great to see them. They look fabulous, and they have so much energy, and, as I told them last night, ‘You’re all as old as I was when I was here.’”

As for Butler, it’s a far different place than they left.

“Butler looks fabulous,” Shasberger said. “The facilities are what we always talked and dreamed about and planned for. But what I’ve learned over the course of a 40-year career is that the work that really matters is the work that you leave that continues to prosper. And to see that here is really exciting.”


Media contact:
Marc Allan


Introducing the Hinkle Academy, a New Graduate Program


PUBLISHED ON Jul 22 2015

Graduate students looking to become leaders in wellness, sport, and allied fields now have a new option: the Hinkle Academy, a joint online venture of Butler University’s Department of Athletics, College of Education, and Health and Recreation Complex.

The program begins in the fall, offering 12 credits of graduate coursework spread out over 11 months. Classes will expose students to a variety of sport and wellness careers and lead to a 12-hour certificate that can be used toward a Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership at Butler or a graduate degree elsewhere.

Tony Hinkle Statue“In my world of rec sports, the competition is such that if you don’t have a master’s, you’re really behind the eight-ball,” said Scott Peden, Butler’s Director of Recreation. “It’s an incredibly competitive marketplace for jobs.”

For more information, contact Mindy Welch, Program Coordinator, at 317-940-9550 or More graduate information is available at

Subject areas in the Hinkle Academy coursework begin with an investigation of the Butler Way ethos for effective leadership, establishing culture, and building community. Coursework will include marketing, special events, program planning, and facilities management. “Regardless of what specific branch you go into in wellness, you’re going to have to know budgeting and finance and sponsorships and legal aspects and a boatload of specific topics,” Peden said. “Those are good foundational competencies to have, regardless.”

Hinkle Academy also will include the Butler/Indy Lab, a three-day residential workshop at Butler University and in Indianapolis, during which students will be able to meet the people—and tour the organizations and facilities—that drive Indianapolis’s reputation as a sports capital.

A capstone, eight-week summer apprenticeship can be completed in a student’s home organization or community.

"The Hinkle Academy provides a unique portal for candidates with shared interests in education, sport, and wellness and diverse backgrounds, careers, and goals to study leadership through the lens of the Butler Way," College of Education Associate Professor Mindy Welch said.

The certificate work is appropriate for current and future Butler alumni; licensed teachers and coaches in all sports at all levels; volunteer coaches affiliated with schools, churches, community centers, and fitness centers; professionals employed in sport and wellness; and individuals seeking career change or entrepreneurial opportunities in education, sports, athlete development, fitness, recreation, and wellness.

Michael Freeman, Butler’s Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, said the online coursework and flexibility of the program schedule “should provide insight and education on how there are many ways to get the job done in sport.”

“It can work for all types of people, from recent grads looking to break in to sport, folks looking for a career change or those already in sport and looking for self-improvement,” he said. "We could see a very diverse group of students.”

Peden said having all classes online is perfect for people who are in the workforce and can’t take the time to return to school for two years.

“There are a lot of students who are graduating from undergraduate coursework and looking to see what’s next,” he said. “This is a unique niche.”

See Welch and Freeman talking about the Hinkle Academy on Inside Indiana Business.


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Marc Allan


NCAA Selects President Danko for Committee to Shape Future of College Sports


PUBLISHED ON Jul 08 2015

Butler University President James M. Danko will be among a group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students and conference commissioners to convene in Indianapolis August 4-5 to build the foundation for the future of college sports, the NCAA announced.
President Jim Danko

Participants were invited because of positions they hold in the Division I governance structure or affiliated organizations.

The Division I Strategic Summit participants include all members of the Board of Directors (including the student-athlete, athletics director, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator who serve on that group); Presidential Forum members from conferences that do not have representation on the board; the chair and vice chair of the Council; the chairs of the seven standing Council committees, the Committee on Academics and the Committee on Infractions; leaders from affiliated organizations who serve on the Council and the Board of Governors members from Divisions II and III.

The participants selected one of four strategic planning groups on which to serve that will study four different aspects of college sports. Each group will use outside experts as needed.

Each of the groups will focus on defining a specific area:

  • The Division I collegiate model of amateur athletics, including the key features of the Division I student-athlete experience and use of resources within athletics.How college sports should assist students while they are in college, including academic achievement and appropriate demands on time.
  • How college athletics should assist students to prepare for life after college, including those who wish to pursue athletics through professional pursuits and other high-level opportunities such as the Olympics.
  • The overarching principles for how the division should operate, including examining the current subdivision structure and the role of conferences.

Each strategic planning group will present background and analysis of its topic area to the summit participants in advance to help inform the discussion and ultimate creation of principles to guide the division’s decision-making in the future.


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Ushering in the Indianapolis Bicentennial, With Butler's Help


PUBLISHED ON Jun 02 2015

Nine emerging leaders—including Butler University Sustainability Coordinator McKenzie Beverage and 2014 graduates Aaron Harrison and Samantha Helferich—will play a pivotal role in setting the stage for implementing the Bicentennial Plan, a visionary, community-unified component of the Plan 2020 initiative and the future of Indianapolis-Marion County.
McKenzie Beverage

Last year, the CityCorps Fellowship program was designed to generate new ideas around defined themes — Choose, Connect, Love, Serve and Work – which were relevant to Plan 2020 committees. This year, Plan 2020 is shifting into the next phase, turning research, data, and ideas into tangible action steps towards improving neighborhoods, increasing connectivity, advancing workforce development and promoting civic engagement in Marion County.

These 2015 Fellows will work to inform technical plans of the city (like the Comprehensive and Regional Center Plans), build capacity for a movement (like #loveindy), and supplement capacity for implementing partners.

Beverage’s focus will be Planning for Resiliency in Indianapolis. This fellowship will lay the groundwork for a resiliency master plan that builds the capacity of Indianapolis residents, communities, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow regardless of the chronic stresses or acute shocks they experience. It will assess environmental, economic, and social risks confronting Indianapolis, identify related assets, analyze current programs, and recommend a decision‐making framework.

Beverage will facilitate a process to effectively identify, convene, educate and engage stakeholders on the information and tools needed to develop a resiliency plan. A report with the outcomes of this process will be produced.

Harrison and Helferich will work on A Collective Effort: Utilizing and Leveraging the Intellectual and Civic Capacity of Indy’s Youth. Their fellowship creates an executable strategy for engaging Indianapolis’s youth in our city’s efforts to develop and implement the strategic framework necessary to make it a better place to live, work, serve, love, and connect.

This work will create a plan for a scalable program that: (1) utilizes project‐based curriculum co‐developed by Indianapolis educators, entrepreneurs, and community innovators to empower students (grade range to‐be‐determined K - 12) to view their world through the lens of an entrepreneur or community innovator; (2) tasks students with developing solutions to the priorities inspired by those within the Bicentennial Plan; and (3) aligns with Indiana Academic Standards, with a particular emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the arts.

“The fellowship program is a nationally distinctive element of Plan 2020 and will support the committees through cutting edge research and thought creation,” said Brooke Thomas, Deputy Director for the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. “The Fellows will do more than just brainstorm new ideas, they will operationalize their ideas and deliver something that is both innovative, but also supported by data and research.”

CityCorps Fellows were selected through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process issued by Plan 2020. Proposals were evaluated based on the contribution their ideas had on envisioning and improving the future of Indianapolis and addressing specific needs set forth by the Plan 2020 team.


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Marc Allan


'Make Change' Program Expands Again


PUBLISHED ON May 18 2015

Make Change, the Butler University Center for Urban Ecology program that generates “credit” for doing good for the environment, has added new activities that participants can do to earn redeemable currency.

changeVolunteering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful at select events, dropping off old electronics at RecycleForce, and enrolling in the IPL Green Power option are some of the new ways to earn credit. Also, Make Change has developed a partnership with Circle City Rain Barrels to offer discounted rain barrel-building workshops every third Saturday through August.

The full list of activities can be found at

In addition, participants in the Make Change program are now able to spend the currency at eight businesses in Fountain Square and the Near Eastside, thanks to a SustainIndy Community Grant that runs through November 1.

The new business partners in the program are People for Urban Progress, Rocket 88 Doughnuts, VeloWorks Urban Cyclery, and Wildwood Market in Fountain Square, and Little Green Bean Boutique, Metta Yoga, Pogue’s Run Grocer, and Khaos Company Theatre on the Near Eastside.

Each hour of activity a person does is worth $10 in aluminum coins specially created for this program. Also available are quarter-hour coins that equal $2.50 worth of activity.

The program has been operating in Midtown since 2012 and will continue to run there. Businesses currently accepting the currency include Unleavened Bread Café, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Freewheelin' Community Bikes, Fall Creek Gardens, Duos Kitchen, KI EcoCenter, Agrarian, Indy Upcycle, Good Earth Natural Foods, Broad Ripple Brew Pub, and the Center for Urban Ecology Farm at Butler.


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Forbes Magazine Lauds Butler's Commencement


PUBLISHED ON May 14 2015

Forbes magazine contributor James Marshall Crotty came to campus for commencement and filed a story in praise of speaker Eva Kor's "never give up" message and Butler's approach to education.
James Marshall Crotty

He concluded: "Indeed, as we prepare our students for a tech-driven future, let’s remember the perennial attributes of what made this nation great: service, humility, self-reliance, basic human decency, and a deep remembrance of history chased by the enduring power of forgiveness. Calm, quiet, and humble schools like Butler University are showing us how to model those values every day of our lives."

Read the full story here.


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What to See in Indy? Holcomb, Holcomb, Hinkle


PUBLISHED ON May 01 2015

Butler University is well represented in the new book 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die. And not just because it’s written by Ashley Petry, who went to preschool at Butler, earned her MBA here in 2006, and is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing.

No, Petry said, Butler gets its due because Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Gardens, and the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium fit the bill. (Plump’s Last Shot, the Broad Ripple restaurant owned by Bobby Plump ’58, is another of the 100.)

100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die“Butler’s campus is right in the heart of Indianapolis, but many people don’t know about the assets we have here—destinations that can appeal to both visitors and Indy residents,” she said. “I hope this book can help spread the word.”

Petry said that after getting the assignment from publisher Reedy Press, she began compiling a list of places to see and things to do in the areas of food and drink, culture and history, sports and recreation, shopping and fashion, and music and entertainment.

About 80 of the 100 turned out to be things she’d already written about as a freelance travel and food writer for Conde Nast Traveler, Midwest Living, the Indianapolis Star, and other publications. Others were recommendations from friends.

In doing the research, she took her first visits to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum and duckpin bowling in Fountain Square. She also saw Crown Hill Cemetery as more than just a burial site.

“They have great tours and beautiful architecture,” she said. “A lot of people wouldn’t think to go there for a picnic, but the view from James Whitcomb Riley’s grave at the top of the hill is gorgeous at sunset.”

Petry spent last fall researching and writing the book. She said getting to be a tourist gave her a new appreciation for her hometown.

“When you live somewhere, sometimes you take it for granted,” she said. “Writing this book gave me a reason to do the things I’ve been meaning to do.”

The book 100 Things to Do in Indianapolis Before You Die is currently available online at and Barnes & Noble. The official release party is Friday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Indy Reads Books. It is open to the public. Petry will be signing books, and there will be an Indy trivia contest complete with prizes from the 100 Things list.


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Students Take Responsibility for Keeping Each Other Safe

BY Sarvary Koller ’15

PUBLISHED ON Apr 06 2015

Hannah Hendricks’ experience with sexual assault hits especially close to home for Butler students—she was raped during her first year on campus.

“Students know that sexual assault exists,” said Noelle Rich, founder of Stand Tall, a student organization dedicated to awareness and prevention of sexual assault. “But not everyone knows it exists on our campus. Having Hannah hear to talk about it as someone who’s been a Butler student, gone to the campus Starbucks, studied on the Mall—it brought the issue back here. It could happen to any of us.”
Noelle Rich and Austin Del Priore emceed and helped organize the "It's On Us" Butler kickoff.

Hendricks came to speak as a part of the “It’s On Us” Butler Kickoff event on Monday, March 30, in which students signed a pledge to end campus sexual assault.

The pledge is a part of President Barack Obama’s national “It’s On Us” campaign, and it encourages “a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.” (Take the pledge here.)

Butler’s event, organized by the Student Government Association’s Council on Presidential Affairs (CPA) with involvement from the Presidential Commission on Sexual Assault and the Stand Tall student organization, kick-started the university’s involvement in Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April.

The event was part of a larger initiative to eradicate sexual assault on campus. (Check out the SGA “It’s On Us” video here.)

Over 500 students gathered in the Atherton Union Reilly Room to sign the pledge and learn more about the nature of sexual assault, how to prevent it, and where to find help or information.

Austin Del Priore, SGA President of Administration, emceed the event with Stand Tall founder Rich, and he said he was thrilled by the heavy turnout.

“I was immensely proud of the campus community for uniting around such an important cause,” Del Priore said. “Butler students are involved in so many different clubs and organizations, but we all share the fact that we belong to the greater Butler community. I believe we all have an obligation to make that community a safe place for everyone.”

Campus representatives from Counseling and Consultation Services, the Victim Advocate, and University police participated in the event to demonstrate the support available to students on campus and the university’s dedication to creating a safe and healthy campus environment.

But sexual assault exists everywhere, not just on a college campus.

Representatives from several community agencies, including the Julian Center, Legacy House, Domestic Violence Network, and Center of Hope, joined the event to speak about the availability of community resources to students and survivors of assault. Each organization addressed the group of attendees, and students were able to connect one-on-one with agency leaders at the conclusion of the program.

Sarah Diaz, Coordinator for Health Education and Outreach Programs, said she hopes the involvement of community agencies encourages students to reach out for information and discover new ways to make an impact in Indianapolis and beyond.

At the end of the event, students left armed with the resources, community connections, and an “It’s On Us” T-shirt to act as crusaders in the effort to end campus sexual assault.

Rich said she is excited to see the rapid growth of sexual assault awareness on campus. From the start of her Stand Tall photo project last semester to becoming a recognized and valuable student organization this semester, Rich said she hopes the momentum keeps up.

“To see it all come together has been really cool for me,” Rich said. “We are putting on the same T-shirt, promoting the same cause. We are all Butler students coming together to be on the side of change on our campus.”


Butler Issues Statement on RFRA Change


PUBLISHED ON Apr 02 2015

Butler University issued the following statement after the legislature voted to change Indiana's divisive "Religious Freedom" law:

This Organization Serves EveryoneButler University applauds and supports today’s proposed revisions to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They represent a strong step forward and make clear that discrimination has no place in Indiana.

The people of Indiana often talk about “Hoosier values.” Butler University reflects the best of those values. We believe that all people should be welcome, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, gender, race, or ethnicity. Ours is a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that began with our abolitionist founder in 1855 and continues to pervade the Butler University community today.

The outpouring of support and advocacy across Indiana over the last several days is clear evidence that these Butler values are shared by institutions, businesses, and citizens across our great state.

Now the real work begins—to build upon today’s efforts to ensure our state is forever free from the taint of discrimination, and to restore our state’s reputation as one of the nation’s best places to live, visit, and do business.


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President Danko Issues Statement on 'Religious Freedom' Law


PUBLISHED ON Apr 01 2015

On March 26, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial "Religious Freedom Reform Act" (RFRA).

The result was a backlash that spread across the country.

Butler President James M. Danko was the first university president to speak out against the law. (See President Danko discussing the "Religious Freedom" act on MSNBC here and here.)

This is the statement he issued on Sunday, March 29:

As president of Butler University I am particularly sensitive to the importance of supporting and facilitating an environment of open dialogue and critical inquiry, where free speech and a wide range of opinion is valued and respected. Thus, it is with a certain degree of apprehension that I step into the controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

However, over the past week I have heard from many Butler community members—as well as prospective students, parents, and employees—who have expressed concerns about the impact this law may have on our state and our University. As such, I feel compelled to share my perspective and to reinforce the values of Butler University.

President DankoWhile I have read a variety of opinions and rationale for RFRA, it strikes me as ill-conceived legislation at best, and I fear that some of those who advanced it have allowed their personal or political agendas to supersede the best interests of the State of Indiana and its people. No matter your opinion of the law, it is hard to argue with the fact it has done significant damage to our state.

Like countless other Hoosier institutions, organizations, and businesses, Butler University reaffirms our longstanding commitment to reject discrimination and create an environment that is open to everyone.

Today, more than ever, it is important that we continue to build, cultivate, and defend a culture in which all members of our community—students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the public—can learn, work, engage, and thrive. It is our sincere hope that those around the country with their ears turned toward our Hoosier state hear just one thing loud and clear—the united voice of millions who support inclusion and abhor discrimination.

Butler is an institution where all people are welcome and valued, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, gender, race, or ethnicity; a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that is as old as the University itself. Butler was the first school in Indiana and third in the United States to enroll women as students on an equal basis with men, was among the first colleges in the nation to enroll African Americans, and was the second U.S. school to name a female professor to its faculty.

I strongly encourage our state leaders to take immediate action to address the damage done by this legislation and to reaffirm the fact that Indiana is a place that welcomes, supports, respects, and values all people.


Butler Celebrates Founder's Week, February 1-7


PUBLISHED ON Jan 26 2015

One hundred and sixty years ago, Butler University was founded on the principles of diversity, equality, innovation, and access. Those characteristics are still vital today as we seek to recapture and reclaim the values of Ovid Butler.

Join us the week of February 1-7 as we celebrate Ovid Butler's legacy with these Founder's Week events:Ovid Butler

Sunday, February 1
Honor a Butler Hero Fund Drive
Make a donation to the Butler Fund in honor of a member of staff, faculty or student body who exemplifies Ovid Butler’s belief in diversity, equality and inclusivity.
Suggested pledge: $18.55

Monday, February 2
Founder’s Week Kick-Off
3:00 p.m., Irwin Library Collaborative Space
Welcome by Provost Kate Morris and President Jim Danko
Photo unveiling ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Coffee, tea, cookies provided

Founder’s Week Keynote Speaker
Dr. Leslie Nardo-Ashburn, Associate Professor of Psychology, IUPUI
4:00 p.m., Irwin Library Collaborative Space

February 3
Butler vs. St. John’s men’s basketball game
7 p.m., Hinkle Fieldhouse
Founder’s Day giveaways at the game

February 4
ACLU First Wednesday Panel Discussion (BCR Event)
"What Would Ovid Butler Do: Today's Movement for Better Policing and Racial Justice"
11:30 a.m. Lunch and check in Robertson Hall
Noon event in Robertson Hall or Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Moderator: Erica Smith, Columnist, Indianapolis Star
Kelly R. Eskew, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney
Benjamin Hunter, Public Safety Director, Butler University (former IPD officer and current member of the Indianapolis City-County Council)
Regina Marsh, Executive Director, Forest Manor Multi-Service Center
Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, IU Northwest

Indianapolis Illustrator Michele Wood book signing
4:00-6:00 p.m., Irwin Library Collaborative
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony by Nikki Grimes

Movie: “Dear White People!” (R.E.A.C.H./SGA event)
6:00 p.m., Efroymson Diversity Center in Atherton Union lower level
Discussion will follow with Professor Terri Jett from the Political Science Department

February 5
Founder’s Grant Winners Presentations and Honor a Butler Hero
Noon, Starbucks
What Would Ovid Butler Do? Game, Demia Butler, poster presentations
Pizza will be served

Comedian Mo Amer (R.E.A.C.H./SGA event)
5:30 p.m., Reilly Room
Palestinian-American standup comedian whose work promotes understanding of differences.
Free food available

February 6
Butler vs. DePaul women’s basketball game
11:30 a.m., Hinkle Fieldhouse

Food Truck Friday
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot

Pride Party (R.E.A.C.H./SGA event)
5:30 p.m., Efroymson Diversity Center

February 7
Butler vs. DePaul men’s basketball game
3:30 p.m., Hinkle Fieldhouse
Founder’s Day giveaways at the game

Events starting February 2 and going all week:

Irwin Library
Founder’s Week exhibit showcases history of Butler University.
Interactive Race Kiosk: we are all part of the human race.
Cut-outs of Ovid Butler and his daughter, Demia Butler- tweet a photo!

Why Founder’s Day? Video
Showcases why we celebrate Founder’s Day.

Founder’s Week Twitter Contest
Question of the Day: Tweet your answer to #standwithovid
(A Starbucks gift card will be given to two randomly selected winners each day, chosen from all appropriate responses.)

Founder’s Week Challenge Card
Participate in key events and activities and get your challenge card stamped. Pick one up at the library.
(Two iPad minis will be raffled to one student and one faculty/staff member randomly selected from those with five stamps or more on their cards by the end of February 6.)


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Marc Allan


Butler University Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


PUBLISHED ON Jan 16 2015

The Butler University Celebration of Diversity 2015 proudly presents the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration “Preserving the Legacy – Fulfilling the Dream” January 17-30 at various locations on and around campus.

Below is the schedule. For more information on these events, contact the Office of Diversity Programs at 317-940-6570.

Martin Luther King Jr.January 17

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Peace Learning Center’s 17th Annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival” celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy music, dance, poetry, a community fair, and a free lunch. The festival will be held at the Christian Theological Seminary, 1100 West 42nd Street. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Peace Learning Center at 317-327-7144.

January 19


Songs of Freedom and Celebration Carillon Concert, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., performed by William E. Engle, University Carillonneur. The concert will take place in Holcomb Gardens, on the Butler University campus.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MLK Day at the Indiana State Museum. All are invited to join the Indiana State Museum in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with demonstrations, activities, and performances throughout the day. Admission is free with each canned good donated to Gleaners Food Bank.

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All are invited to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art., 4200 North Michigan Road. Enjoy a day full of interactive activities to honor Dr. King’s legacy, including gallery tours, games, art activities, and continuous film screenings designed for all ages. Admission is free. For more information, call 317-923-1331, ext. 214.

6:30 p.m.

“Fulfilling the Dream,” a candlelight reflection honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ceremony will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union 004.

January 20    

7:00 p.m.

Diversity Expressions Series, celebrating films on the Civil Rights Movement, presents

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970), an Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his decades of civil rights activism. Narrated by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The screening will take place in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Refreshments will be served.

January 22

7:00 p.m.

The Diversity Expressions Series presents Four Little Girls (1997), Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed documentary that chronicles the story of the four young victims of the Birmingham church bombing. The screening will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Refreshments will be served.

January 24
6:00 p.m.

“Stand Together for Justice, a prayer vigil and interactive discussion on “knowing your rights,” with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The event will be held in the Reilly Room, Atherton Union. Sponsored by the Black Student Union.

January 27

7:00 p.m.

Diversity Expressions Series presents Freedom Riders (2010), the critically acclaimed documentary by Stanley Nelson that chronicles the inspirational story of American civil rights activists’ peaceful fight against racial segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s. The screening will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Refreshments will be served.

January 28

6:00 p.m.

I Can’t Breathe! What Would King Do? A dialogue to explore the impact of Dr. King’s philosophical perspective on contemporary societal issues, with a focus on the resurgence of social and political activism. The dialogue will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Refreshments will be served.

January 29

7:00 p.m.

Gospel in the DC, an evening of music, praise and fellowship, featuring Butler’s Voices of Deliverance Gospel Choir. The performance will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Co-sponsored by Diversity Programs and the Voices of Deliverance Gospel Choir.

Film Screenings and Dialogue

Continuous Screenings will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004

January 20
The Speeches Collection, Volume 1 (2002). Follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s electrifying speeches from his early days as a young pastor in Montgomery to the march on Washington.

January 22

Martin Luther King Jr. The Man and the Dream (1997). A&E Biography profiles Dr. Martin Luther King, providing rare footage and exclusive interviews go beyond the myths and bring his story to life.

January 27

KING: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man (2008). A&E History takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America’s civil rights visionary.

January 30

Eyes on the Prize, Part 1 (Episode 6)Bridge to Freedom: 1965 (1987). PBS’s groundbreaking documentary on the American civil rights movement. This episode covers Bloody Sunday and the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march.

Butler University's "Celebration of Diversity 2015" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday activities are sponsored by the Black Student Union, Efroymson Diversity Center, Voices of Deliverance Gospel Choir, Student Government Association, R.E.A.C.H., Clowes Memorial Hall, Division of Student Affairs, Peace Learning Center Inc., Indianapolis Museum of Art, Morton-Finney Leadership Program, and the Office of Diversity Programs.

The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series is a Collaborative Diversity Initiative between Butler University and the Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Old National Bank, The Kroger Company, Radio One, and The Columbia Club.


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