Bay Area Badgers invite WAA chapters to explore the Public History Project’s premiere exhibition, Sifting & Reckoning: UW–Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance. You can explore at the Chazen Museum of Art or the exhibit’s website. Then, we hope that you will join us for a virtual guided discussion with Kacie Lucchini Butcher, director of the Public History Project.
Sifting & Reckoning is part of the UW–Madison Public History Project, an initiative started in 2019 by Chancellor Rebecca Blank to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance at the university. The project has made its research accessible to the public through the exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison and at an exhibit website. Visitors will meet the university’s first students of color, explore early struggles for equality in social organizations, housing, and athletics, and learn about protest movements on campus.
The Zoom link for this virtual event will be provided upon registration.
Kacie Lucchini Butcher is a public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy and advancing social justice. She has worked in museums and for community organizations, helping communities reclaim their narratives through collaborative public history projects. Her projects have focused on how history is connected to the present, in efforts to explore/question systems of inequity and oppression.
Ms. Butcher co-curated Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis which explores the history of racist housing policy and its lasting effects. The exhibit was awarded the National Council for Public History 2019 Student Project Award and the American Association for State and Local History 2019 Award of Excellence. She was also awarded the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award from the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity & Diversity in 2018.
Currently, she serves as the co-chair of the Membership Committee for the National Council on Public History. She earned her Master’s degree in Heritage Studies & Public History from the University of Minnesota.