I promised that I would provide space for more voices than just my own. The following letter, written by Gaythia Weis, is a wonderful contribution. She researched the history of our school and our president and puts ongoing events in perspective. Please feel free to comment on her observations.
An Open Letter to
According to information gleaned from the
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Ovid Butler was an ardent opponent of the Fugitive Slave law, to the point of advocating civil disobedience. According to the Indiana State website describing historical markers, http://www.in.gov/history/markers/530.htm, Butler wrote a letter to Campbell (founder of the Disciples of Christ in Indiana) on March 29, 1851, in which he denounces the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, stating, "As a man, and as a Disciple of Jesus, I am constrained to regard its provisions as violations of the principle of humanity, and as contravening the statutes and institutes of the Lord Christ."
Our current era is another time of economic and social change. Will
Butler University has just achieved the honor of hosting a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, On the Butler website, Laura Behling, associate provost for faculty affairs and interdisciplinary programs, commended her colleagues’ efforts. “The focus of so many Butler faculty and staff during the University’s journey toward Phi Beta Kappa status is a testament to their belief that the liberal arts and sciences offer the critical perspectives, intellectual vigor and freedom of thought,” she said.
The Butler 2009 to 2014 strategic plan, “Dare to Make a Difference”, states: “Our work will inspire
Jess Zimmerman strikes me as exemplifying exactly the sort of young person whom Ovid Butler would have been proud to have as a student studying at the University bearing his name.