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The KVML inspires free expression and common decency in the next generation of creative writers and world leaders.

Social Justice Writing Workshops:

Join us (virtually, for now) for a monthly writing workshop led by a writer/activist.  We are still creating this program. Do you have an idea for a topic we should explore?
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Read Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut was shocked to find out that his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five was not only banned from some schools, it was being burnt in the furnace of Drake High School in North Dakota. In defiance of banned books lists, The KVML provides a free copy of Slaughterhouse-Five to any student who requests one. Email [email protected] to receive your copy by mail. Thank you for being a free thinker! 


Banning books sounds crazy scary, right? You would be surprised to see some of your favorites on this list from the American Library Association. Check it out and read another banned book!

Volunteer With Us

 Do you have a service hours requirement? Do you want to do something interesting in your spare time? Do you want to learn AND help the community? The KVML is always looking for volunteers to help with museum operations and special events. 

High School Students: Do you want to make it an internship? When students volunteer with us on a regular basis, we call it an *internship*. This looks amazing on your resume, college and scholarship applications. Interns volunteer at the KVML for a minimum of 8 hours a month / 4 months in a row.  Click here to apply.

College Students: We strive to create internships that provide value to your educational journey, and provide a unique service to the KVML

Aspiring Writers

We applaud your creative endeavors! We can’t wait to see how they turn out. See below for some writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut, and some writing contests that you can enter. 

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.

Volunteer With KVML

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Volunteer Application

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about this application’s content.