Vonnegut: A Writer for the 21st Century
Teaching Vonnegut as Contemporary Lit
by Cara Lane
July 27th 1-3pm EST
Despite the number of years that have passed since Vonnegut published his most important novels, his works remain frighteningly relevant to contemporary society. This workshop explores how Vonnegut’s writings continue to shed light on current events, dealing with familiar topics such as climate change, war and peace, and living gracefully in a complicated world. Although Vonnegut died in 2007, we find that he still has much to say about our current context.
– English Teacher, Edwardsville High School
– Master’s Degrees in Education & American Culture Studies, Washington University, St. Louis
Cara Lane has taught a variety of English courses including American Literature and Contemporary Literature at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, IL since 2003. An Indiana native, Cara has a Bachelor’s in English Education from Purdue University and a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in American Culture Studies, both from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to being a veteran of the 2018 Teaching Vonnegut Workshop, she has attended several teacher National Endowment for the Humanities workshops and presented at both the 2017 Illinois Association for Teachers of English and the 2020 Conference on Illinois History.