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. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s