One of America’s most celebrated universities is renaming a residential college established in memory of a white supremacist to instead honour a pioneering woman scientist.
After years of debate, officials at Yale University said they were changing the name of Calhoun College, which was named for a 19th Century alumni who advocated slavery. Instead, the college will now honour Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician who studied at Yale in the 1930s, invented a pioneering computer programming language and became a Navy rear admiral. She died in 1992.
“We have a strong presumption against renaming buildings on this campus,” the university’s president, Peter Salovey, said on Saturday.
“I have been concerned all along and remain concerned that we don’t do things that erase history. So renamings are going to be exceptional.”
The Associated Press said the announcement appeared to draw a line under a controversy that has simmered at the Connecticut university for many years, and …