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We're excited to kick off Banned Books Week with Ball State University professor, Rai Peterson, as our Banned Books Week prisoner! Join us for a week of examining censorship, our favorite banned books, and our Lonesome No More theme!

Banned Books Week 2018 Schedule.


Monday, September 24


1st & 2nd Amendments |9.24 | 12-1 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

Kurt Vonnegut once said that “wherever you go there is always a Hoosier doing something very important there.” We are excited to invite two important Hoosiers, Mayor Joe Hogsett and IUPUI Professor, Trevor Potts, to discuss two important pieces of history and an important novel on Monday, September 24, at noon. Both will read from Vonnegut’s 1979 novel Jailbird, and discuss the 1st and 2nd amendments with students and guests. Admission is free to all!

Nannette Vonnegut | 9.24 | 6-8 p.m. | Indiana Medical History Museum | 3045 W Vermont St

This year, our programming is dedicated to the awareness of mental health and the theme of Lonesome No More, inspired by Vonnegut’s novel Slapstick. Join us as Kurt Vonnegut’s daughter, Nannette, will have a discussion at the Medical History Museum about her maternal grandmother’s experience at Central State Hospital, and the Vonnegut family’s struggle with mental health challenges. Tickets are $10 and free to students.

*Students must present valid school ID upon arrival


Tuesday, September 25


Naked Lunch | 9.25 | 12-1 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

On Tuesday, September 25, join the world’s best curator Chris Lafave for Naked Lunch! No, we don’t mean a literal naked lunch, but the literary Naked Lunch. Chris will read from William S. Burroughs’ classic 1959 novel Naked Lunch. Admission is free to all!

Naked Lunch Film Screening | 9.25 | 6-8 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Free pizza and beer

Join us for a showing of the film Naked Lunch, based on William S. Burroughs’s book of the same name. Enjoy delicious complimentary beer and pizza from our friends at Jockamo Pizza and TwoDEEP Brewing Co. This film is Rated R for heavy drug content, bizarre eroticism, and language. Tickets are $10.


Wednesday, September 26


Freedom of the Press | 9.26 | 12-1 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

Most Vonnegut readers know Kurt as a novelist and short story writer, but readers may not know that his writing began in journalism. Listen as journalists Tina Horn, David Hoppe, and Lou Harry discuss freedom of the press! Admission is free to all!

Examining Ethics Podcast | 9.26 | 6-8 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave

Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the most challenged novels in literature. Many schools have gotten it banned and out the hands of students. It’s among many beloved books celebrated during Banned Books Week. There are folks though, who are not joining the celebration. Listen to the Prindle Institute’s Examining Ethics podcast with Jeff McCall, where he’ll share his thoughts on why we should not celebrate Banned Books Week. Admission is free to all!


Thursday, September 27


Fighting Censorship | 9.27 | 12-1 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

We’re not the only one’s fighting censorship. Join Ed Dowling of Operation Ingsoc for a discussion about “Fighting Censorship” and his team’s research. Our good friend Dan Kirklin will also do a reading a banned publication! Admission is free to all!

Too Much of a Good Thing | 9.27 | 6-8 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave

Rolling Stones journalist Tina Horn, Dr. Maria Hanzlik, and and the Founder and Ceo of Grit Into Grace, Stefanie Jeffers, share their thoughts and experiences on “Too Much of a Good Thing.” The panel will explore sex addiction and mental health challenges within the sex industry. Amission is free to all!

*Students must present valid school ID upon arrival


Friday, September 28


Kentucky Derby | 9.28 | 12-1 p.m. | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

Not only are we exploring the issue of sex addiction, but gambling addiction as well. Join us for a discussion on Hunter S. Thompson’s Kentucky Derby article, which will be read by Thompson’s son, Juan Thompson. Admission is free to all!

Alabama Story | 9.28 | 6-8 p.m. | Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall at Butler University | 4600 Sunset Ave

When is a rabbit wedding headline news? When it’s a metaphor for interracial marriage. We’ll be hosting a dramatic reading in partnership with PEN America of Alabama Story, a play set in the deep South of 1959, when a children’s book about a white bunny and a black bunny getting married was cause for social upheaval. (We also suggest you read the original picture book, “The Rabbits’ Wedding,” because it is highly adorable.) Admission is free to all!


Saturday, September 29


Youth Day | 9.29 | KVML | 340 N Senate Ave | Bring your lunch

The week ends with a free program for teens and their families. Experts will discuss suicide awareness and mental health challenges that impact Indiana youth. Speakers include Karla Kirby, Director of Nursing at the Behavioral Health Pavilion; Madeline Zielinski, Youth MOVE National; and Katie Kivisto, Associate Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, University of Indianapolis.

Literary Madness | 9.29 | 3-4 p.m. |KVML | 340 N Senate Ave

Speakers discuss the lives of Zelda Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill and the mental health challenges that affect many creative minds. Presenters include Rai Peterson, Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, and Michael Shelden.

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