Over at theliterarytable, Warren Emerson is talking about the Simkins dormitory (earlier coverage here , here, and here). Warren argues against renaming, among other reasons, because the name reflects the history of the University and a particular moment in time. He's concerned that in removing the name that we're engaging in an episode of forgetting.
I must say that this concerns me as well -- and I've argued against renaming the Ruffin building on campus on this ground (here). I was worried about this when Yale took down a portrait of its namesake, Elihu Yale, some years back, which depicted Yale being waited on by an enslaved child.
I'm off to New York for the mid-year property meeting, where one of the cases I'll be talking about is Vanderbilt's attempt to rename Confederate Memorial Hall. When I'm back from "The City," I hope to write my comments to UT's committee investigating the renaming of Simkins Hall.