Badger Café: “We’ve Been Here All Along: A Conversation with Dick Wagner”

October 22 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706. Please enter through Alumni Park.

About the event

During this year’s LGBTQ History Month, don’t miss hearing from the author of We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History at this Badger Café in Madison. Published earlier this year by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the book illustrates the state’s gay history, draws upon research, and honors the legacy of gay Wisconsinites whose stories had previously been hidden. The program will conclude with a reception and book signing. (There will be books available for purchase as well!)

The speaker

Dick Wagner MA’67, PhD’71, author

About the speaker

Wagner was the first cochair of the LGBT alumni group for the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) in the 1990s. He served on the Dane County Board from 1980 to 1994, including four years as chairperson. In 1983, Wisconsin governor Tony Earl appointed Wagner to be the chair of the Governor’s Council on Lesbian and Gay Issues — the first such council in the nation.


6–6:30 p.m. Welcoming reception and registration opens
6:30–7:30 p.m. Presentation by Dick Wagner
7:30–8 p.m. Book signing and reception
8 p.m. Program concludes

This event is free and open to all, but we strongly encourage registration. Light refreshments will be served.

This event will be broadcast live on the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) Facebook page starting at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by WAA, Badger Café events offer great ways to stay connected with the university and learn from experts in their fields.

Questions? Contact McKenzie Zdrale ’00 at or 608-294-0091.

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