Yale University college honouring slave advocate renamed for pioneering woman scientist

Posted February 13, 2017

"The decision to change a college's name is not one we take lightly", Yale University President Peter Salovey wrote in an email to students.

Or they may adopt the new name for the residential college, which will honor Grace Murray Hopper (right), a pioneer in computing who earned a master's degree and doctorate from Yale in the 30s.

Yale University announced plans today to rename Calhoun College in honor of alum Grace Murray Hopper.

The college was named after former Vice President John Calhoun, a proponent of slavery.

"No longer will John C Calhoun's name disgrace the city and the university".

After meeting Friday and Saturday, advisers recommended unanimously that the name of Calhoun College be changed. Salovey said he and the Corporation did not choose from an official shortlist of names. "I was concerned about inviting a series of name changes that would obscure Yale's past".

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"To me the real issue is context", said Rabb, now an educator and state representative in Pennsylvania.

New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a release that those arrested, including two adult men and two adult women he did not name, are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. "This choice makes no corrective move toward reconciliation in light of not just the legacy of John C. Calhoun, but Yale University's ties to slavery and systemic racism".

The renaming of the college comes after nearly a year of controversy.

In addition to serving as vice president, Calhoun was also a secretary of state, secretary of war and a US senator.

The vote by the Ivy League's trustees comes after years of debate and it overturns last April's decision to keep the name. Last year, Yale announced that it would keep the Calhoun name on the residential college, and that doing so was part of the commitment of the college to acknowledging and teaching the history of the institution's connections with slavery. But said at Yale, students partly form their social identities and friend circles around being in a certain residential college. Criminal charges have since been dropped and Yale has rehired Menafee, who had described the image as offensive. But the University- seemingly caught between conservative powerful alumni and agitating progressive students - reversed course past year and said it would again consider renaming the college.

She was also instrumental in in developing COBOL, one of the first programming languages, and coined the phrase "bug" for computer problems. Hopper also received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.