Summer Reading 2018: An Update

Our staff is reading its way through the summer! Take a look at what we’ve accomplished so far.

Matthew (Chief Operating Officer): Still slogging through SPQR and loving every minute of it. Such an interesting read and fun to draw parallels between present-day political struggles and what happened in the history of the Roman Empire. History truly does continue to repeat itself. Finished Timequake. Such a great book and a very interesting style of writing.

Kursten (Chief Financial Officer): I just finished reading The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian and The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton.  Not sure what’s next on my list.  I usually wait for a recommendation.

Chris (Library Curator): Moving on to Naked Lunch since I’ll be doing the reading at Banned Books Week. It’s my first time reading it!

Marissa (Programs and Donor Relations Manager): I have finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and it was amazing and I definitely believe every woman should read it. I will be watching the movie adaptation hopefully this week! I have started Cat’s Cradle and am several chapters in – of course the chapters are about 1-2 pages each, so that doesn’t really mean much.

Max (Director of Education): My summer reading list still includes Kurt Vonnegut Complete Stories, but I also finished Kafka by David Mairowitz, and I am reading The Stopping Places: A Journey Through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas.

Christina O’Connell (Programs and Communications Associate): This summer so far, I’ve read Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. I’m currently reading City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, and I want to read The Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut next.

Christina Stair (Executive Assistant): I finished The Upstarts, and I’m just about done with All the Light We Cannot See.

Emma (Summer Intern): I finished Breakfast of Champions the other week, which means I’ve finished all of Vonnegut’s novels! I also finished Lolita. I’m still reading Middlemarch (I’m 51% done with it, according to my iPhone). My favorite book of this summer so far is The Language of Thorns, a fabulous collection of fairy-tale-inspired stories by Leigh Bardugo. I also loved A Game of Thrones, which I (finally) got around to reading this month. I still want to read more international lit this summer, and since the film Colette starring Keira Knightley is coming out this September, why not read the Colette novels sitting on my shelf? I’ll start with Gigi.

Kathi Badertscher, PhD

Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Kathi Badertscher, PhD, is Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Badertscher teaches a variety of BA, MA, and doctoral courses, including Applying Ethics in Philanthropy and History of Philanthropy. She has participated in several Teaching Vonnegut workshops and is a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Dr. Badertscher has been a guest speaker on ethics in philanthropy, including at the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners – Indianapolis Council; Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter; and Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin, China. In 2019 she received IUPUI Office for Women, Women’s Leadership Award for Newcomer Faculty. In 2019 and 2020 she received the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Graduate Teaching Award.
Dr. Badertscher’s publications include “Fundraising for Advocacy and Social Change,” co-authored with Shariq Siddiqui in Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th ed., 2022; “Insulin at 100: Indianapolis, Toronto, Woods Hole, and the ‘Insulin Road,’ co-authored with Christopher Rutty, Pharmacy in History (2020); and three articles in the Indiana Magazine of History: “A New Wishard Is on the Way,” “Evaline Holliday and the Work of Community Service,” and “Social Networks in Indianapolis during the Progressive Era.” Her chapters on social welfare history will appear in three upcoming edited volumes on the history of philanthropy, including “The Legacy of Edna Henry and Her Contributions to the IU School of Social Work,” Women at Indiana University: Views of the Past and the Future, edited by Andrea Walton, Indiana University Press, 2022 (forthcoming). Dr. Badertscher is also the Philanthropy and Nonprofits Consulting Editor for the forthcoming Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Elizabeth Van Allen, Indiana University Press, 2021. Dr. Badertscher is an active volunteer in the Indianapolis community. At present, she is a Coburn Place Safe Haven Board Member and a Children’s Bureau/Families First Brand and Marketing Advisor. Dr. Badertscher holds the MA in History from Indiana University and the MA and PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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