2019 Academic Conference

2019 Academic Conference

Each year Granfalloon brings together scholars and writers for a series of discussions on Kurt Vonnegut and a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues addressed in his work. The Granfalloon 2019 Academic Conference will once again span the IU campus and the City of Bloomington to encourage thoughtful conversations across the community.

Most portions of the academic conference are free and open to the public. We invite you join in the Granfalloonery!

Friday, May 10

Panel: Reading and Writing with Vonnegut

9:00-10:30 a.m. Lilly Library

  • "A Hoosier Hero's Hoosier Heroes"
    • Isabel Planton (Indiana University)
  • "About Edgard Derby: Trauma and Grief in the Unpublished Drafts of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five"
    • Jeremy Justus (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)
  • "Tralfamadorian Reading Theory in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut"
    • Marc Leeds

Panel: Vonnegut's Local/Family Ties

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lilly Library

  • "Vonnegut's Rosewater County and Muncie, Indiana: Parallels from Past and Present"
    • Rai Peterson (Ball State University)
    • Jim Shimkus (Ball State University)

Panel: Vonnegut and Bodies in Time

1:00-2:30 pm. Lilly Library

  • "Unstuck: War, Time, and the End of the World"
    • Roy Scranton (University of Notre Dame)
  • "Moby Dick and Playacting Value in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut"
    • Jonathan Alfonso (Indiana University)
  • "'Spastic in Time': Time and Disability in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five"
    • Adam Barrows (Carleton University)

Author Spotlights

5:00-6:30 p.m. Night and Day (118 N. Walnut St.)

  • Deborah E. Kennedy
    • Reading from Tornado Weather
    • Conversation with Leah Nahmias (Indiana Humanities)
  • Suzanne McConnell
    • Reading from Pity the Reader: On Writing With Style

Keynote: An Evening with Dave Eggers

7:00-8:30 p.m. Buskirk-Chumley Theater


"Bonnets (How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder)"

9:00-10:30 p.m. Night and Day (118 N. Walnut St.)

Written by Jen Silverman

A staged reading featuring IU Theatre & Dance students