Douglas Brinkley on Vonnegut, Rushdie, and Freedom of Expression

We are so happy to host American Author and Historian Douglas Brinkley at our 2019 Night of Vonnegut gala on April 11 at the Athenaeum. …

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The Journey to Discovering Bernie V. O’Hare and Much More!

by Lance Miccio, Artist, Veteran, and Friend of the Vonnegut Library In 1998, I lived in Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. My brothers and I …

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Meet KVML Intern Jacqueline Rooksberry

Meet Jacqueline Rooksberry, our 2018-2019 KVML intern. Jacqueline is finishing a master’s in museum studies from IUPUI and will graduate in May. We thought you’d …

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Members of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop Meet “Kurt Vonnegut”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A Short Discussion by Debra Des Vignes, Founder of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop and Chris Lafave, Curator of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and …

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Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Open from 6PM to 9PM on Friday, September 2, for First Friday Tour

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Letter from God

The following work was written by Shortridge High School student Mary Jo Easley, in the manner of a Kurt Vonnegut piece published in his book Palm …

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Donor Spotlight: Greg and Jane Castanias

We are thrilled to host our 10th Annual Night of Vonnegut Gala, presented by Wabash College, on April 11 at the Athenaeum with special guest …

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Open Letter to Vonnegut Library “Prisoner” 2019

Rai Peterson, English Professor at Ball State University and 2018 Banned Books “Prisoner” Upon detention behind a wall of banned books, I was fortunate to …

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Indiana: One of the Many Creative Capitals of the World

Rai Peterson, Ball State University English Professor and Banned Books Week “Prisoner” As a recent guest on the Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam, I lamented …

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Incarceration, Like Censorship, Deprives Us All

Incarceration, Like Censorship, Deprives Us All Rai Peterson, BSU English professor and KVML Banned Books Week Prisoner I am residing this week in the front …

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On Censorship and Freedom

  On Censorship and Freedom   By Rai Peterson, BSU English Professor and Banned Books Week Prisoner  At the start of this semester, I met …

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I Think, Therefore, I Still Am

I Think, Therefore, I Still Am by Rai Peterson This week I am “imprisoned” at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library to commemorate Banned Books …

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Breakfast of Champions: Emma Reacts

This is the fourteenth and final book in Rachel’s Vonnegut Reading Order. It’s been a pleasure, everyone. When Rachel said that out of all the novels …

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Timequake: Emma Reacts

This is the thirteenth book in Rachel’s Suggested Vonnegut Reading Order. I honestly don’t know what to tell you about this book. That probably surprises …

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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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