Hobart dean to discuss “Why Germans Can Never Be Color Blind”
(July 16, 2004) Geneva, N.Y. — Presenting at the eighth annual New Europe at the Crossroads conference in Munich, Germany, will be more than a chance to share academic expertise for Hobart Dean Clarence Butler. It will also be a homecoming of sorts for this former Fulbright and German Academic Exchange Service Scholar.
Butler is slated to discuss his paper “Can a Nubian (Ethiopian) Change His Skin, or Leopard His Spots? — or Why Germans Can Never Be Color Blind” on July 28. The topic no doubt draws, in part, from his year of study in Germany while an undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. From mid-1960s through 1970s, Butler witnessed many Eastern Europeans immigrating to Germany, only to discover that they encountered a cultural environment not unlike that facing blacks in America at that time.
The experience was powerful enough to make Butler give up his plan of becoming a doctor and turn toward the study of German literature and culture. He has returned to Germany frequently over the years for scholarly research. The invitation to speak at the international Crossroads conference continues his efforts at aiding multiculturalism in Germany.
Butler came to Hobart and William Smith in 1979, after serving on the faculties of Brown University and Dartmouth College. At the Colleges, he first served as assistant dean, then as acting dean for the 1982-83 academic year. Named senior associate dean in 1983, he became dean of Hobart in July, 1998.
Very active within the Colleges community, Butler has served on the Committee on Standards, the Individual Major Committee, the President's Advisory Council, and Academic Affairs. In addition, he teaches German at HWS on a part-time basis.
Butler received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University, and an M.A. from the University of Kansas. He earned an S.T.B. from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., and received a language certificate in Swedish from the University of Stockholm. He lives in Geneva.
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