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English Faculty Vote to Change Name to ‘Department of Literatures in English’

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English Faculty Vote to Change Name to ‘Department of Literatures in English’
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Opening of the article:

"During the English department’s first faculty meeting of the fall semester, faculty members of color introduced a proposal — to change the department’s name.

The new proposed name — “the department of literatures in English” — would mark a distinct change in the department’s branding, helping to eliminate what Director of Undergraduate Studies Prof. Kate McCullough, English, said was the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality.”

Sure, makes some sense at least...

Further on in the article:

"“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."

That part is insane.