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Night of Vonnegut

September 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Image of typewriter with pieces of paper surrounding it. Papers have images of Terrian Barnes, Barry Lynn, Dwight Simmons, and Mark Proksch

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 silent and live auction, a brief keynote address by free speech activist Barry Lynn, comedy by Dwight Simmons, the presentation of the Kurt Vonnegut Humor Award to Mark Proksch, and a facilitated discussion with all three on the state of free speech in American entertainment moderated by KVML Founder and CEO Julia Whitehead.

Lynn’s background includes teaching sex education in a Catholic girls’ school to working for the ACLU at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to running Americans United For Separation of Church and State for a quarter century.

Dwight Simmons has been identified as one of the 50 best undiscovered comedians in the United States, and he’s from right here in Indiana. We are certain he will become one of your favorite comedians.

Mark Proksch, a comedian and actor who has been influenced by the work of Kurt Vonnegut. He is best known for acting in the television series The OfficeBetter Call Saul, and What We Do in the Shadows. Mark will join the other speakers and KVML’s CEO Julia Whitehead for a discussion about the state of free speech in entertainment.

Members-only pricing on tickets is available until July 15th. Members can email [email protected] for access to ticket page. If you’re not a member, become one today so you don’t miss out on this exclusive deal! 


September 29, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Madam Walker Theater
617 Indiana Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
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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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