What’s in a Name? Charles Van Hise and the history of eugenics at UW–Madison

The Committee on Disability Access and Inclusion (CDAI) held a discussion with Kacie Lucchini Butcher, director of the Public History Project, to reckon with the history of eugenics support at UW–madison on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Union South.

Charles Van Hise was the president of UW–Madison from 1903 to 1918 and is known for being a co-creator of the Wisconsin Idea. He was also a eugenicist. Eugenics is selective breeding, often by forced sterilization to remove people of color, those with disabilities, and those who have been incarcerated or detained. Eugenics policy is considered racist, ableist, and associated with genocide.