School of Education alumnus Scott Seyforth will deliver a presentation, “The Life and Times of Carson Gulley,” to the Rotary Club of Madison at the group's next meeting on Feb. 1 at the Park Hotel.
Though now largely forgotten, UW-Madison chef Carson Gulley was a celebrated figure in the mid-twentieth century known for his groundbreaking efforts crossing racial barriers as a culinary instructor, radio and television celebrity chef and as a pioneer in the local struggle for equal housing.
Gulley used his fame to engage in a series of efforts, some but not all of them successful, to achieve equal standing in Madison and the state. The story of his life provides examples of the persistent practices of segregation and exclusion that African Americans actively challenged in mid-twentieth-century Wisconsin.
His is an important part of the still-untold story about African Americans in Madison, especially as it pertains to the obstacles they encountered and overcame as they tried to build a good life and participate in the American Dream in this city and state.
Seyforth will talk about Carson Gulley based on his article which appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of Wisconsin Magazine of History. Seyforth holds a Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Today, Seyforth is Assistant Director of Residence Life in University Housing for UW-Madison.
For the past 18 years Seyforth has taught classes in counseling and education as an adjunct instructor at UW-Whitewater, and at UW-Madison. Seyforth has been actively involved in collecting and archiving the history of the local LGBTQ community for the last decade. He is one of the founders of the Madison LGBTQ Oral History Project and the Madison LGBTQ Archive at UW-Madison Archives.