God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater a Philanthropic Study

by Kathi Badertscher

July 20th  7-9pm EST

Workshop Synopsis

Vonnegut’s novel is iconoclastic and irreverent, even outright zany, but it is also deeply personal and instructive for philanthropic studies and ethics.  God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater examines, with Vonnegut’s own brand of cynicism, philanthropy’s eternal questions:  Why should I give, how should I give, to whom or for what should I give, what should I give, can giving be taught.

This workshop will explore the connections between Rosewater, giving, the unintended consequences of wealth, and Vonnegut’s commentary on how humans should treat one another.

Kathi Badertscher
Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
– PhD in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, 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.  Dr. Badertscher has been a guest speaker on ethics in philanthropy, including at the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners – Indianapolis Council; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Workshop; 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 has published 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. Dr. Badertscher is also the Philanthropy and Nonprofits Consulting Editor for the forthcoming Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis.