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Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment

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As we begin to reopen, our virtual museum is still up and running.
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About Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is a renowned author who took an unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye and sardonic sense of humor. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which turned 50 years old in 2019.

2021 The Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment

This event is the Kick-off for 2021 Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment, a year’s worth of events and experiences focused on inspiring environmental care. We will be showcasing these upcoming events by holding a panel discussion with key speakers on environmental issues led by Drew DeSimone, actor, writer, astrobiologist, and Chair of our 2021 Good Earth programming. Drew will moderate a discussion with the following thoughtleaders: Sam Van Aken – Artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture at Syracuse University; Janet McCabe – Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, Indiana University and Professor at the IU McKinney School of Law; Suzanne McConnell – Author, educator, editor and student of Kurt Vonnegut; and Jesse Kharbanda – Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council.

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An Evening With Lewis Black

Join us on January 21st for an evening co-hosted by the Indianapolis JCC with comedian, Lewis Black, and 13-year-old Sophie Maurer, who serves as KVML’s Freedom of Speech Ambassador. Often known as the King of Rant, Lewis Black exposes the absurdities of life on shows like The Daily Show and in live performances.

During the two-hour virtual event, we’ll hear from Lewis and Sophie before watching their hilarious and poignant recorded interview. They’ll be watching it for the first time with you! Then they’ll answer your questions about freedom of speech, Lewis’ life, why Lewis switched from wanting to be a rabbi to being a comedian, or whatever else you want to hear.

You can purchase tickets to the event here. You will receive a Zoom link from Eventbrite the day of the event.

KVML LIVE: A Virtual Museum 

During these times everyone needs a bit of an escape, a little beauty, and a heavy dose of humor. Herewith we offer what we aim to build into a growing virtual library to soothe you and sustain you from the brilliant mind of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. CLICK TO SEE MORE

Ethan Hodes, “Sophisticated Lady”

Listen to KVML friend Ethan Hodes playing Duke Eliington’s Sophisticated Lady. Here’s Kurt Vonnegut praising the tune in 2005: “I consider anyone a twerp who hasn’t read the greatest American short story, which is ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,’ by Ambrose Bierce. It isn’t remotely political. It is a flawless example of American genius, like ‘Sophisticated Lady’ by Duke Ellington or the Franklin stove.”

Kurt’s Typewriter

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Bluebeard”

Lance Miccio, L.A.-based artist who created the “Slaughthouse-50” exhibit at KVML, reads from the novel “Bluebeard”.

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