Teaching Vonnegut 2018 in Chicago, Illinois
2018 dates will be July 18, 19, and 20.
You’ll earn professional development credit! Librarians can earn LEUs.
Teachers, we know that getting your students to engage with reading can be a challenge. But when we introduce them to Vonnegut, something magical happens. Students are laughing; they’re discussing; they’re thinking deeply and grappling with every complex facet of what it means to be human.
– 2018 applications closed. 2019 application coming soon.
At the 2018 Teaching Vonnegut workshop, teachers (middle school, high school, and college teachers of various studies) will hear from 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.
Although the workshop itself is free to all attendees, we will be unable to provide for food, lodging, or parking expenses.
LODGING: the most affordable option we can recommend is at University Center. They offer summer dorm-style accommodations with two to a room, four to a bathroom. The center is a convenient 5-10-minute walk from the library where we will be meeting each day. The current cost is just under $62 per night, and rooms can be booked beginning on May 19th. I recommend booking as early as you can to ensure that space will be available for you. Here is a link to University Center: http://www.chicagosummerhousing.com/
PARKING: For those in need of parking, you may use two online parking locator tools featured on the University Center website: Spot Hero: https://spothero.com/ and Park Whiz: https://www.parkwhiz.com/
- 9 a.m. – Max Goller , Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library: Slaughterhouse-Five
- 10:30 a.m. – Rai Peterson, Ball State University: Slapstick
- Noon – Lunch on your own
- 1:00pm – Marc Leeds, Independent Scholar: Mother Night
- 9 a.m. – Jennifer McQuillan, West Bloomfield High School, Michigan, Vonnegut’s Literary Garden
- 10:30 a.m. –Christina Jarvis, State University of New York: Galapagos and Vonnegut’s Planetary Citizenship
- 12:00 – Lunch on your own (although the group often goes together)
- 1:00 p.m. – Tour of the American Writers Museum
- Optional Evening Event: Tayari Jones: An American Marriage, at American Writers Museum
- 9 a.m. – Max Goller, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library: Applications of Vonnegut to the Classroom
- 10:30 a.m. – Greg Sumner, University of Detroit: Building the Monkey House: Bashers, Swoopers, and Vonnegut’s Writing Process
- Noon – Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – Chris Lafave, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library: Satire and Humor in Vonnegut’s Writing
Confirmed attendees may attend on full scholarship. However, if you (&/or your school) are able to make a tax-deductible contribution of $100, $250, or even $560 (the actual cost per participant), you may do so on our secure online donation portal (please state in notes that you are participating in the 2018 Teacher Workshop). Every bit of financial assistance helps us continue to offer these educational opportunities.
To look through addition Education resources created by the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, please visit our Education Portal.
The goal: 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.
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