Director of the Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History
Division of Teaching and Learning | Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History
Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Kacie Lucchini Butcher is an award-winning public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy and advancing social justice. She is currently the Director of the Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History, formerly known as 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 culminated in the Sifting & Reckoning physical and digital exhibitions, public lectures, curricular materials and more, that give space for the Madison community to reckon with this history. The Center was opened in summer of 2023 to continue and expand upon that work. She is active in the public history community and is the co-chair of the Membership Committee for the National Council on Public History.
Reckoning with Our History: The UW–Madison Center for Campus History
The UW–Madison Rebecca M. Blank Center for Campus History, formerly known as the Public History Project, was created to help the campus community better understand its histories of discrimination and resistance. This effort was far more than a simple history lesson. Hear from Kacie Lucchini Butcher, the Center’s Director, about what it means to truly reckon with our most difficult histories and why it matters.
Reckoning with Our History: Lessons from a Public Historian
As conversations around history have become more prominent culturally, one thing has become clear – our history matters. Kacie Lucchini Butcher, an award winning public historian, discusses the importance of studying, learning from, and ultimately reckoning with, our history.