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An Introduction to Ableism

March 29, 2022

Why should disability be included when we talk about diversity and the isms? Because of Ableism. Come learn the basic of how disability is viewed and what Ableism is. Learn more about the influence of eugenics, culture, and language. Only by becoming aware of the barriers can we help each other overcome them. Our presenter is Leslie Stilson, MSSA, CAPSW (she/her). Leslie has served as an Access Consultant at the McBurney Disability Resource Center at UW-Madison since 2013. With a background in clinical social work, Leslie strives to support access for individuals with disabilities in higher education and beyond. She values advocacy, equity and education for all. Leslie enjoys reading, knitting and spending time with her partner and two young children.

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Short History of Eugenics in Wisconsin

March 31, 2022
Van Hise Hall at UW Madison. Vertically large rectangular concrete tower with window rising up from a rectangular concrete buildingDuring 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.

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