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Night of Vonnegut

Madam Walker Theater 617 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) invites you to our annual Night of Vonnegut gala in the year during which our theme is education. Our evening at the Madam Walker Theater, located directly across from KVML on historic Indiana Avenue, will be emceed by Vice Chair of the KVML Board Terrian Barnes and feature a […]

Hoosier Ink: Indiana Authors On Censorship

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library invites you to an interactive discussion with Indiana authors on the state of censorship, its impact on the writer community, and how it affects the way they write. Our panelists include Maurice Broaddus, Mike Mullin, and other special guests.

$2 – $20

Sip n’ Screen: The Right to Read

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Join KVML for a screening of The Right to Read, which shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read. Enjoy free popcorn and our Bokonon Lounge bar. Thank you to The Right to […]

$2 – $20

Queer Resilience Open Mic: Defying LGBTQ+ Censorship Through Art

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Join us for an LGBTQ+ Open Mic, celebrating the importance of diverse voices and perspectives in literature. Our featured author is the brilliant Robin Sinclair, who has also been a contributor in KVML’s literary journal So It Goes. Immerse yourself in a supportive and welcoming environment, where attendees can engage with and uplift current LGBTQ+ writers.

$2 – $20

Trisha van Cleef: A Captivating Live Painting Experience

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Join KVML for an evening with artist Trisha van Cleef, as she live paints. Before live painting, we'll screen the documentary Paul & Trisha – The Art of Fluidity, which follows the colorful life of well-known Gender Fluid British artists Paul Whitehead and his alter ego Trisha Van Cleef as they navigate their gender and artistic […]


German American Day with Through2Eyes and William Selm

1 Monument Cir Indianapolis, IN 46204 1 Monument Cir, Indianapolis, IN, United States

The sixth of Oktober is German-American Day. It commemorates the founding of Germantown, PA in 1683. It was the first German settlement in America. Indianapolis attracted many Germans throughout the 19th century and they built and built their houses, stores, churches, and factories. Celebrating German American Day and Vonnegut's German Heritage with a special Walk […]


Gender Queer: Book Discussion on the Most Banned Book

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Join KVML and activist in residence Chad Heck for a book discussion on Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. Gender Queer: A Memoir is a graphic memoir following Kobabe’s exploration of gender identity and sexuality from adolescence to adulthood. It has been banned in 56 school districts between 2021 and 2022 according to PEN America

$2 – $20

Release Party – So It Goes No. 12: Core of the American Experience

“High school is closer to the American experience than anything else I can think of. We have all been there (and while) there, we saw nearly every sign of justice and injustice, kindness and meanness, intelligence and stupidity, which we are all likely to encounter later in life.” - Kurt Vonnegut, Esquire 1970 Join the Kurt Vonnegut […]

$2 – $20

“They Never Call it a Ban” Panel Discussion on Book Challenges

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

The panel will include YA authors, an educator, and an ACLU representative. Attendees will gain a better understanding and awareness of the attacks on free speech through the restriction of books. Come listen, learn, and walk away with effective arguments to defend free speech and the circulation of books. The use of book bans in […]


Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Join us at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the renowned author Kurt Vonnegut. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just getting acquainted with his writings, VonnegutFest 2023 promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the world of Vonnegut as you engage with fellow fans! Our day begins with pay what you […]

Free – $25

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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