Education

“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

Teaching Vonnegut

Every July, the KVML offers the Teaching Vonnegut series. This virtual conference presents  sessions that explore Vonnegut’s life, works, legacy, and the causes he cared about. Classroom teachers and afterschool educators will leave sessions inspired to create new lesson plans. Participants who are not traditional educators will enjoy learning about Vonnegut, and broaden their world view. Learn more about Teaching Vonnegut (link to the TV Page).

Thanks To Kurt

Every July, the KVML offers the Teaching Vonnegut series. This virtual conference presents  sessions that explore Vonnegut’s life, works, legacy, and the causes he cared about. Classroom teachers and afterschool educators will leave sessions inspired to create new lesson plans. Participants who are not traditional educators will enjoy learning about Vonnegut, and broaden their world view. Learn more about Teaching Vonnegut (link to the TV Page).

“I think that writers, creative writers, are in the process of becoming. They are humanity becoming”

Workshops and Guest Speakers

In addition to the Teaching Vonnegut series, the KVML offers speakers and workshops for anyone who wants to make their soul grow. We connect the “karass” with inspiring thinkers through monthly programming, special events and Banned Books Week- which offers provocative programming, every day, during the last week of September. Guest speakers range from renowned authors and producers, to local talent. Check the Events page for the current schedule!

Upcoming Events

Finding Your Voice: From Microphones to Bullhorns

Join the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for our first installation of the Social Justice Writing Club with Tatjana Rebelle!

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Circle City Authors

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Taste of the Ann Katz Festival: Mickey Maurer and Julia Whitehead

Enjoy a conversation with writers Mickey Maurer (The Methuselah Gene) and Julia Whitehead (Breaking Down Vonnegut).

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Vonnegut Graduation Party

Calling all 2022 Grads! Join an unceremonious Virtual Graduation Party in your honor with a commencement speech by Kurt Vonnegut!

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Teaching Vonnegut

Teaching Vonnegut

Teaching Vonnegut is an annual series of workshops exploring the life, work, and legacy of Kurt Vonnegut as well as the causes that he championed.

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Teaching Vonnegut

 “In Nonsense is Strength” – Using Vonnegut to Understand Comic Books

Are comic books art? Are graphic novels literature? Or is it all just nonsense for kids and popcorn munchers?

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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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