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Calhoun College’s master on that problematic name.

Michael Marsland

Michael Marsland

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“The name should stay as an open sore, frankly—for the very purpose of having conversations about this. We need to know, as citizens, the world in which we live and the world of the past. I want to hold Yale accountable for the decisions it made. Not because I dislike the place—I’m actually quite proud of the institution—but because we need to have conversations in this country to understand how we are today.”

—Jonathan Holloway ’95PhD, master of Calhoun College, at a February 15 panel discussion about the college’s namesake, nineteenth-century US senator and vice president John C. Calhoun—a prominent defender of slavery. Some have argued that the college should be renamed. The panel was part of the Calhoun College reunion.

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