Calhoun College is now Hopper. Kudos, Salovey and Witt!

Yale Pres. Salovey fixes a mistake with a home run, changing Calhoun to Hopper, an extraordinary alum. These names are not just historical markers. They are the names by which students identify and around which they rally. In 1992, as a freshman, I had an eye-opening conversation with African-American students who could not believe they were assigned to “John C. Calhoun” College and were expected to show allegiance to Calhoun. They felt alienated and disrespected before they even arrived on campus.  Asking freshmen to identify as Calhounies was insulting and degrading. Asking students to identify as Hoppers is an honor and an inspiration. Kudos to John Witt, the committee chair!

 

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. Father of three, married to a Canadian, but I'm not laughing at any of the "So you really can move to Canada!" jokes in 2016. Red Sox fan, soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I'm working on a history of prosecutors and American politics.

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