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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 14 19:55:50 EST 2022


True enough, and beyond the Law School there was the major recent
self-examination that led to the "cancellation" of John C. "Slavery is a
positive good" Calhoun, who was stripped of his association with his
formerly eponymous residential college, now renamed for Grace Hopper
(famous in these ADS-L parts for not actually having coined the computer
term "bug"), and more generally the rebranding of all the residential
college "masters" (a sex-neutral, but still unacceptable, term) as "heads"
of college.  But I suspect Elihu is safe.

On Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 5:47 PM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> Actually Yale is in some ways cancelling itself.  The University is
> currently undergoing a process of reckoning with its legacy of slavery.  I
> myself am heavily involved in researching the connections of the founders
> of Yale Law School with slavery.  Of the three founders of YLS, one of them
> was a major figure in the perpetuation of slavery and its associated
> persecutions, and a second one appears to have been supportive of slavery.
> (The third one was an abolitionist who represented the Amistad captives in
> their legal proceedings.)
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
>
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> Subject: Re: who
>
> We like to think of ourself as a very personable university, as
> universities go.  Maybe sort of like the incumbent Handsome Dan, a lifelike
> and more than semi-personable bulldog.
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 4:38 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > 'Which.'  Cf. OED 11c (applied to personified or semi-personified
> objects,
> > like ships and lifelike statues).
> >
> > Quora.com
> >
> > "How come the left hasn't cancelled Yale University, who was named after
> > Elihu Yale? He was president of Fort St George, and was responsible for
> > overseeing its slave trade."
> >
> > JL
> >
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> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
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