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.
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.
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