Readers of Jarad Jarmon's story regarding former English professor Chris Hanlon's 2010 proposal to rename Douglas Hall might get the impression that EIU faculty in general support. This is not the case. In 2010 History professors Martin Hardeman and Mark Voss-Hubbard, both scholars of 19th century history (including the Civil War, Reconstruction and African-American history) vigorously opposed the proposal in public debate. The revived proposal has been the subject of lively discussion in the last two Faculty Senate meetings, with no clear consensus emerging so far. Dr. Voss-Hubbard and four colleagues have submitted to Senate a statement urging that this proposal be rejected.
Although I did not support the 2010 proposal and do not support the current one, I thank professor Hanlon for raising the issue and stimulating a healthy public discussion that makes us think about the meaning of commemoration and the values we, as a community, share.
Bailey K. Young, Charleston
History Professor and Faculty Senator