Are you struggling to meet the BCR requirement? Here are nine free BCRs you can attend this semester. Photo courtesy of Butler University.
EMMA QUASNY | CULTURAL EDITOR | [email protected]
Butler students are required to attend eight Butler Cultural Requirements, or BCR, before graduation, excluding Jordan College of the Arts students who have different criteria to meet within their college.
Each semester, a variety of BCRs are offered to students in order to achieve their requirement of eight before graduation. Besides students, all BCRs are also open to the Butler community.
Anna Rettig, a junior strategic communications student, believes BCRs are a good way to get students out of the “Butler bubble.”
“I mean it makes sense that we need more exposure to the world, and I don’t think Indiana is very cultural, so I understand why. [Butler] wants us to do it because it broadens our education,” Rettig said.
Between COVID-19, class schedules, and homework, it’s easy for students to fall behind in meeting this requirement. If you’re a senior grad rushing to find events to attend or a freshman who wants to get a head start, here are nine free BCRs you can attend this semester.
- JCA Signature Series: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse dance company committed to raise awareness of the African-American experience, philosophy and cultural heritage while performing in the United States. The DCDC is ranked among the top 20 African-American arts and culture organizations in the nation.
David Murray, director of the School of Music at Jordan College of the Arts, said JCA emphasizes diversity when choosing artists to feature in the JCA Signature Series so they speak the whole idea. of DEI – diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I think it’s really important for all of us to be exposed to [DEI] as possible,” Murray said. “We could always go down the same path and have a symphony orchestra and just go the traditional path of music, but we really want to reach out and branch out because there’s so much more beyond that.”
DCDC will perform at the Schrott Center for the Arts on February 4 at 7:30 p.m. The show will be broadcast live for those who cannot come in person.
- J. James Woods Lecture Series: Beth Loftus: The Fiction of Memory
Beth Loftus, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, is an expert on the malleability of human memory and has been featured in NPR and other media, in addition to hosting his own TEDTalk. Her work has led her to be qualified as an expert in hundreds of cases such as the Bomb case in Oklahoma and litigation involving Michael Jackson.
Loftus will speak at Atherton Union, Reilly Room, Room 104 on February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
- JCA Signature Series: Julie Tourtillotte
Julie W. Tourtillotte is an art professor and chair of the art department at Saint Mary’s College, Notre-Dame where she teaches drawing, fiber and video art. An exhibit of Tourtillotee’s art titled “Growing Colors” will be on display at the Jordan College Annex from March 1-3.
tourtillotte will discuss his work and experience on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Room 140.
- Guest Writer Series: Percival Everett
Percival Everett is the author of over 30 novels and storybooks on a variety of content that all succeed in their own way to be cerebral page-turners. Everett is currently a professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Everett will come to Butler on March 15 and hold a discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Shelton Auditorium on South Campus.
- JCA Signature Series: Alash Set
Alash Ensemble is a trio of Master Tuvan throat singers, a technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. They incorporate modern techniques, such as Western instruments, to expand their performance. All members of Alash have been trained in traditional Tuva music since childhood, first learning from their families and then becoming students of master throat singers. These musicians are inspired by the music of their grandparents, great-grandparents and the great musicians of Tuva and Central Asia.
Alash Set will be in concert at Schrott on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
- JCA Signature Series: LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s artistic practice spans a range of media, including photography, video, performance, installation art, books, and centers on connecting social justice, cultural change, and social justice. the American experience. Frazier uses collaborative storytelling with people who appear in his works to address a wide range of topics such as industrialism, environmental justice, workers’ rights and more.
Frazier will hold a discussion at Schrott’s on March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
- J. James Woods Lecture Series: Tanya Smith: Tales Tell Teeth
Tanya Smith explores the evolution and development of human dentition – the arrangement or condition of teeth in a particular species or individual – where her research has helped her identify the origins of a fundamental human adaptation. Smith will be to discuss the shift from a “live fast and die young” strategy to the “live slow and grow old” tactic that has helped make humans one of the most successful mammals on the planet.
This an event will take place at Atherton Union, Reilly Room on March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
- JCA Signature Series: Mrs. Zenetta S. Drew
Zanetta S. Drew is the Executive Director of Dallas Black Dance Theater and has been with the company since 1987. Nationally, Drew has served a member of the advisory boards of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Council, as well as former President Bill Clinton’s Americans for the Arts Strategic Planning Committee.
Drew will give a talk on fundraising, accounting and artistic leadership on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, room 140.
- JCA Signature Series: John Clayton, Jazz Bass, with the Butler University Jazz Ensemble
John Clayton has won a Grammy with nine additional nominations and has produced music with several artists such as Paul McCartney and Queen Latifah. In 1985 Clayton co-founded the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and revived the Clayton Brothers Quintet. He also directs the educational components associated with the Centrum Jazz Festival and Workshop and the Vail Jazz Workshop.
Clayton will speak to Butler on April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Schrott.
For more information on all of these events and more, visit the Butler Arts and Events Center website.