Student Spotlight: Becca Owen Chosen as Historian for Wisconsin Humanities’ 50th Organizational Anniversary

Becca Owen (Ph.D. Student) will be serving as a historian contributing to Wisconsin Humanities’ 50th organizational anniversary. Their tentative project is titled “Making History: 50 Years of Wisconsin Humanities.”
Here is a summary of their project: 

How can we best understand our institutions’ histories so that we can elucidate their present and shape their future? As Wisconsin Humanities approaches their 50th anniversary, Becca will conduct archival research and interviews to inform their writing about the organization’s past work. Wisconsin Humanities is a non-profit that facilitates and supports educational and cultural programs. Narrativizing Wisconsin Humanities’ history will enable the organization’s board and staff to reflect on the ways it has changed over the years, which is vital to considering their future trajectory. These stories will be transformed into accessible and engaging public facing content, including a timeline of Wisconsin Humanities’ history.

Becca (they/them pronouns) is a curator and current Ph.D. student in the Department of Art History whose work focuses on modern to contemporary art and visual culture, queer and trans theory, and institutional critique. Their interdisciplinary work is supported by work in the Departments of Visual Cultures and Gender and Women’s Studies.