Yale changes Cal­houn Col­lege’s name

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — Monica Wang and Su­san Svr­luga

Yale University will re­name one of its res­i­den­tial col­leges, re­plac­ing the name of an alum­nus re­mem­bered as an ad­vo­cate of slav­ery with that of an alumna who was a pi­o­neer­ing math­e­ma­ti­cian and com­puter sci­en­tist who helped trans­form the way peo­ple use tech­nol­ogy.

The de­ci­sion to re­name Cal­houn Col­lege as Grace Mur­ray Hop­per Col­lege re­verses one made last spring, when Yale Pres­i­dent Pe­ter Salovey said he did not want to erase his­tory but, rather, con­front it and learn from it.

Col­leges across the coun­try have wres­tled with sim­i­lar ques­tions, as they con­sider mon­u­ments to the past in the con­text of mod­ern life.

The legacy of John C. Cal­houn, who grad­u­ated from Yale and served as a U.S. vice pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary of state, sec­re­tary of war and sen­a­tor, be­com­ing an in­flu­en­tial cham­pion of slav­ery, had been de­bated at the school over the years. But those dis­cus­sions turned to ur­gent pleas in 2015 af­ter the mass shoot­ing at an African Amer­i­can church in Charleston, S.C.

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