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Committee Selected to Review Department of History Proposal to Rename Carr Building

Fuqua School of Business professor Gráinne M. Fitzsimons will chair a committee appointed by President Vincent E. Price to review and make recommendations on the proposal submitted by the Department of History to change of the name of the Carr Building on East Campus.  The building is named for Julian S. Carr, an early benefactor of Trinity College who was also an active promoter of white supremacy. 

Fitzsimons, professor of management and organizations, and of psychology and neuroscience, served as vice chair of the Commission on Memory and History, which in 2017 developed the principles that were put in place to advise on formal requests to rename buildings.  

Other members of the committee include Duke students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and trustees.

The committee has been asked to submit its report and recommendations by Nov. 15.  Under the guidelines adopted last year, Price can accept, reject, or modify the committee’s recommendation before bringing the proposal forward to the Board of Trustees for final action.


Committee Roster

Gráinne M. Fitzsimons, Chair, Professor of Management and Organizations in the Fuqua School of Business, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Curtis Bradley, William Van Alstyne Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy Studies, co-director for the Center for International and Comparative Law

William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Professor of Economics

Valerie Gillispie, University Archivist

Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies

Jessica Hauger, Ph.D. candidate in History

William E. King '61, A.M. '63, Ph.D. '70, University Archivist Emeritus

Robin Kirk, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Sally D. Robinson ’55, Trustee Emerita 

Kennedy Ware, undergraduate student

Annabel J. Wharton, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History  


Ex officio: 

Michael Marsicano '77, G'78, G'82, Trustee, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation For The Carolinas

Michael J. Schoenfeld ’84, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations

Tallman Trask III, Executive Vice President



Carolyn Gerber ’90, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations