After decades of controversy, Yale University is renaming its iconic Calhoun College for a feminist scientist. The college will be renamed in tribute to Grace Murray Hopper, a groundbreaking computer programmer who died in 1992.
Calhoun College is one of the university’s twelve “residential colleges”, which are grandiose dormitories for undergraduates. The colleges have their own dining halls, libraries and live-in faculty “masters” (recently controversially renamed as “head of colleges”) and command fierce alumni loyalty.
Embattled University President Peter Salovey made the announcement today, reversing a controversial decision last year to preserve John C. Calhoun’s name. For years, progressives and social justice warriors have denounced Calhoun College’s namesake, a former U.S. vice president and avowed white supremacist who died in 1850. Last year, Yale students compared Calhoun to Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.