Historians Release Report on Renaming University Buildings
December 5, 2016 - AHA members, including John Fabian Witt serving as chair, were part of a Yale University Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming. The 12-person group, which included many historians, released its report outlining procedures for renaming buildings on Yale’s campus, spurred by recent calls to rename Calhoun College. The committee’s report outlines a set of principles, grounded in historical memory and historical context, that should guide renaming decisions. Calling history “one of the forms of knowledge at the core” of the university’s mission, the report sought to balance the need for change without erasing the past.