NEW HAVEN, Conn. — 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 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 a white man who revered the Confederacy shot and killed nine black worshipers at a church in Charleston, S.C.
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Emergency spillway used at tallest U.S. dam: Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam’s main spillway. Officials estimate the cost of repairs could approach $100 million. Water department officials emphasized that Oroville Dam is sound and there is no imminent threat to the public.
Both sides rally in abortion debate: Antiabortion activists emboldened by the new administration of President Trump staged rallies around the country Saturday calling for the federal government to cut off payments to Planned Parenthood, but in some cities counterprotests dwarfed the demonstrations.
Sears, Kmart remove Trump items: Retailers Sears and Kmart last week removed 31 Trump Home items from their online product offerings to focus on more profitable items, a spokesman said on Saturday. The decision follows Nordstrom’s announcement that it had decided to stop carrying Ivanka Trump items because of declining sales. Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings.
Atomic bomb test caused cancer, surveys say: Residents say the world’s first atomic bomb test caused generations of southern New Mexico families to suffer from cancer and economic hardship, according to surveys gathered by an advocacy group seeking compensation for descendants. The health effects have long been debated in New Mexico.
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