Teaching Vonnegut

You’ll earn professional development credit! Librarians can earn LEUs.

Teaching Vonnegut will take place in Indianapolis on July 12-14, 2017

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.

– 2017 Applications are now closed.

At the 2017 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.

2017 Teaching Vonnegut Schedule (subject to change)
  • 9 a.m. – Max Goller and Meredith Cummings, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library: Welcome
  • 9: 30 a.m. – Julia Whitehead, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library CEO: Introductory Comments
  • 10:00 a.m. – Julia Whitehead, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library CEO: Vonnegut and Women
  • 11:00 a.m.Discussion of Harshman SH5 Narrative Project
  • 11:30am – Lunch on your own (although the group often goes together)
  • 1:00pm – Discussion of Hashman SH5 Narrative Project
  • 1:30 p.m. – Greg Sumner, University of Detroit – Mercy: Building the Monkey House:  Bashers, Swoopers, and Vonnegut’s Writing Process
  • 2:30 p.m. – Kathi Badertcher, School for Philanthropy, IUPUI: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and Philanthropy
  • Optional Evening Event: Screening of the film 2081
  • 9 a.m. – Hannah Earl and Sarah Skwire, Motion Picture Institute: 2081 in the Classroom
  • 10:00 a.m. –Jon Eller, Ray Bradbury Institute, IUPUI: Cat’s Cradle
  • 11:00 a.m.- Christina Jarvis, State University of New York: Galapagos and Ecology
  • 12:00 – Lunch on your own (although the group often goes together)
  • 1:30 p.m.– Marc Leeds, Author: The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: Slaughterhouse Five
  • 2:30 p.m. Terri Carney, Butler: Metafiction in Breakfast of Champions and Don Quixote
  • Optional Evening Event: Dan Wakefield at The Red Key Tavern
  • 9 a.m. – Max Goller, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library: Tour of Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
  • 9:30 a.m. – Jennifer McQuillan and Melissa Tallhelm, West Bloomfield High School, Michigan and Southern Connecticut State University: The Literary Garden
  • 10:30 a.m. – Graduation ceremony, final evaluations completed, professional development credits distributed
  • 11:00 a.m – William Selm: Vonnegut’s Indianapolis Bus Tour
  • 1:00 p.m. – Group lunch and sendoff

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 2017 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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Made possible in part with support from the
 Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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