You’ll earn professional development credit! Librarians can earn LEUs.
This year’s Baltimore workshop will take place on April 9, 2016, with online discussions between March 28 and April 7.
Teachers, we know that getting your students to engage with reading can be a challenge. But when we introduce them to Vonnegut, something magical happens. Students are laughing; they’re discussing; they’re thinking deeply and grappling with every complex facet of what it means to be human.
- Applications for the 2016 Teaching Vonnegut workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana from July 13-15 is now open. This is FREE to all teachers and you’ll earn professional development credits for each hour you attend.
At the 2016 Teaching Vonnegut workshop, teachers (middle school, high school, and college teachers of various studies) will hear from Vonnegut scholars on ways to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people. The goal of this program is to give teachers information they need to effectively share Vonnegut’s work with students. Vonnegut’s writing is relevant to social issues today – environmentalism, militarism, human rights, censorship, religion’s place in civic life – and students will find his humor and insights into the human condition fascinating and challenging.
Confirmed attendees may attend on full scholarship. However, if you (&/or your school) are able to make a tax-deductible contribution of $100, $250, or even $560 (the actual cost per participant), you may do so on our secure online donation portal. Every bit of financial assistance helps us continue to offer these educational opportunities.
The 2015 faculty and sessions included the following. The 2016 sessions and faculty will vary.
- Rodney Allen, PhD, Vonnegut scholar and author of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and Understanding Kurt Vonnegut, will lead the workshop again this year.
- Jonathan R. Eller, PhD, IUPUI English professor and author of Becoming Ray Bradbury
- Max Goller, English teacher at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School in Fishers, Indiana. Max will discuss how insights gained from the workshop can be applied in the classroom.
- Gregory D. Sumner, PhD, University of Detroit-Mercy history chair and author of Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels and author of the “Building the Monkey House,” which appears in the recently released Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition
|Tuesday, July 14||Wednesday, July 15||Thursday, July 16||Friday, July 17|
|Morning Session 1||Rai Peterson – Pervasive Themes in Vonnegut Novels||Jonathan Eller – Cat’s Cradle||William Selm – Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Tour|
|Morning Session 2||Max Goller – Writing with Vonnegut||Mark Shullenberger – Vonnegut’s Shortridge||William Selm – Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Tour|
|Lunch||Free Choice||Free Choice||Rathskeller Social|
|Afternoon Session 1||Greg Sumner – Building the Monkey House: Bashers, Swoopers, and Vonnegut’s Writing Process||Max Goller – Vonnegut’s Non-fiction||William Selm – Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Tour|
|Afternoon Session 2||Rodney Allen – Slaughterhouse Five||Teacher’s Panel – Bringing Vonnegut to the Classroom||Kathi Baderscher – God Bless You Mr. Rosewater|
|After Hours Social (5:00 PM)||Kickoff Event: Bluebeard Restaurant||Red Key with Dan Wakefield||WFYI with Bob Weide||Vonnegut Library with Bob Weide|
The goal:To give teachers information they need to effectively share Vonnegut’s work with students. Vonnegut’s writing is relevant to social issues today – environmentalism, militarism, human rights, censorship, religion’s place in civic life – and students will find his humor and insights into the human condition fascinating and challenging. Space is limited, so enroll now! E-mail completed applications to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library:
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