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Thursday
Oct042018

The School Formerly Known as LeConte: How do we agree upon what to rename a school? 

Here's an article I wrote in Lapham's about the controversy and challenge of renaming a school/building/landmark/institution whose name has problematic provenance, and the remarkable process the Berkeley Unified School District designed to come up with a new name for an old school.

It's a story about who are heroes are and who gets to decide, and our need to cast a wider net to lift up forgotten or unrecognized heroes from the swamp of the past. Bonus - I finally got to write about one of my favorite Berkeley archetypes: the amped vegan (or corollary) who shuts down the progressive talk because the rest of us aren't progressive enough.

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