Teaching Vonnegut 2020 at the University of Southern California


July 15, 16, and 17, 2020.

Teachers, we know that getting your students to engage with reading can be a challenge. When we introduce them to the work of Kurt Vonnegut, something magical happens. Students are laughing, they’re discussing, they’re thinking deeply, and they are grappling with every complex facet of what it means to be human.

Following a great 2019 Teaching Vonnegut in Kurt’s hometown of Indianapolis, the 2020 program moves to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Apply for the 2020 program here

At the Teaching Vonnegut workshop, middle school, high school, and college teachers of various studies will engage with Vonnegut scholars on ways to introduce one of our nation’s best authors to young people.  The goal of this program is to give teachers information they need to effectively share Vonnegut’s work with students. Vonnegut’s writing is relevant to social issues today – environmentalism, militarism, human rights, censorship, religion’s place in civic life – and students will find his humor and insights into the human condition fascinating and challenging. In addition to the great programming happening during the workshop, we will also host special after-hours events.

The 2020 schedule for Teaching Vonnegut is yet to be determined, so we welcome you to subscribe to our monthly educator newsletter for updates. If you are not currently receiving the newsletter, please sign up here:

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Confirmed attendees may attend on full scholarship. However, if you (and/or your school) can make a tax-deductible contribution of $100, $250, or even $1000 (the actual cost per participant), you may do so on our secure online donation portal here:

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To access additional education resources created by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, please visit our education portal here:

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Read a letter from Lewis Black about ways to support this program:

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Your intellectual contributions to this workshop are what makes it worthwhile for other teachers. We welcome any examples you wish to share regarding teaching Vonnegut in the classroom or requests you may have for a session topic.

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Made possible in part with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and
the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.