Cornell Changes English Dept Name To Fight ‘racism’


The English Department at the Cornell University decided to change its name in order to help eliminate the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality,” the student-run Cornell Daily Sun reported.

The department at the Ivy League university in New York voted to change its name to “The Department of Literatures in English” at the first faculty meeting of the new semester. 

The proposal was put forth by faculty members of color, and was spurred by the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, one of the proposal writers, English Prof. Carole Boyce-Davies, told the newspaper.

“Faculty around the country — not just faculty of color, but faculty in general — began to look at the institution to see how we can help advance a discourse that challenges structural forms of racism which get reproduced in students and in teaching over and over again,” Boyce-Davies said.


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