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Wisconsin Removes Boulder That Became Symbol of Racism

August 9, 2021

The University of Wisconsin at Madison moved a boulder that became a symbol of racism from the main campus. In 1925, a newspaper referred to the rock with a slur for Black people. Black and Native American student groups urged the university to remove the boulder, and Chancellor Rebecca Blank agreed to do so.

The rock is a rare, large example of a pre-Cambrian era glacial erratic, likely over two billion years old. It had been designated as a monument on campus in honor of Thomas Chamberlin, a geologist who also served as president of the University of Wisconsin from 1887 to 1892. The rock will no longer be referred to by this name but rather known simply as a glacial erratic. (Photo by Bryce Richter)

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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