Short History of Eugenics in Wisconsin
March 31, 2022
During the early 20th century, the State of Wisconsin was one of the leading supporters of the eugenics movement. From politicians and doctors to academics and university presidents, Wisconsin’s most prominent figures used their political and educational capital to advance the study and practice of eugenics. In this presentation, Kacie Lucchini Butcher from the UW-Madison Public History Project will discuss the history of eugenics in Wisconsin and at UW-Madison and discuss the ways this history continues to influence our society.
Our presenter: Kacie Lucchini Butcher is a public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy, advancing social justice, and serving marginalized communities as they reclaim their historical narratives. She is currently the Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project, a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. The project will culminate in a physical and digital exhibit, public lectures, and curricular materials that will allow the Madison community to reckon with this history. Prior to coming to UW, Kacie was the co-curator of the award-winning exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis which documented the history of racial housing discrimination and its effects on the city today. She is active in the public history community – hosting events and community conversations, attending trainings, and editing publications – and holds two committee positions for the National Council on Public History.