UC Berkeley Kroeber Hall Name Removed Because Of Alfred Louis Kroeber Treatment Of Native Americans

UC Berkeley Kroeber Hall Name Removed Because Of Alfred Louis Kroeber Treatment Of Native Americans

Berkeley removes name from Kroeber Hall
From YouTube Channel: January 26, 2021 at 06:11PM
ONN – UC Berkeley Kroeber Hall Name Removed Because Of Alfred Louis Kroeber Treatment Of Native Americans

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Video by Roxanne Makasdjian

Where UC Berkeley reports:

UC Berkeley’s Kroeber Hall today became the fourth building on campus to be stripped of its name in a year’s time. The decision by Berkeley officials capped a formal review process and was made, in large part, because the building’s namesake — Alfred Louis Kroeber, born in 1876 and the founder of the study of anthropology in the American West — is a powerful symbol that continues to evoke exclusion and erasure for Native Americans.

A proposal to unname the hall was received in July 2020 by Chancellor Carol Christ’s Building Name Review Committee. The committee reached a unanimous vote last fall in support of removing the name, following an analysis of the proposal and a solicitation and review of comments from the campus community. Of the 595 responses received, 85% favored unnaming Kroeber Hall, home of the Department of Anthropology, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Department of Art Practice and Worth Ryder Art Gallery.

Christ supported the decision, then sought and received necessary approval from UC President Michael Drake.

In her letter to Drake, Christ added that some of Kroeber’s views and writings “clearly stand in opposition to our university’s values of inclusion and our belief in promoting diversity and excellence.” She added that removing Kroeber’s name would “help Berkeley recognize a challenging part of our history, while better supporting the diversity of today’s academic community.”

In 1911, Kroeber also took custody of a Native American man, a genocide survivor he named Ishi, and allowed him to live at the UC’s anthropology museum, where the proposal states that he ‘”performed’ as a living exhibit for museum visitors,” making Native crafts, such a stone tools. After dying of tuberculosis in 1916, his body was autopsied, against the wishes he’d expressed to Kroeber for cremation and burial without autopsy.
The metal letters that spell Kroeber Hall were chiseled off of Kroeber Hall on Tuesday. Jan. 26, and this photo shows them in a box.

Ishi gets his revenge. Read the rest with a click here.

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