Chazen Museum of Art exhibition highlights historically marginalized voices

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) — A new exhibit at the University of Wisconsin — Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art opened on Monday, giving voice to those who have been historically marginalized and excluded on campus.

It’s part of the UW-Madison Public History Project, which began in the fall of 2019. Oral Histories.

John Zumbrunnen, vice-president for teaching and learning, explained that the public history project will help instructors interact with students in a more honest and open way.

“We are, after all, committed to the basic idea that learning together in open and honest dialogue about ourselves, our campus and our communities will lead to a better future,” Zumbrunnen said.

LaVar Charleston, deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, said he hopes the project will inspire new ways for the campus community and surrounding areas to take an active role in achieving of a more equitable university.

“By learning about our history, we get a better sense of the progress we’ve made, where we’ve fallen short, and where we need to focus our attention going forward,” Charleston said.

The exhibition will continue until December 23.

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