George Shepherd

George Shepherd is a professor of law at Emory University and the author of a recent law review article on Robert Yerkes.

Letter to the Editor: Concerning President Fenves’s failure to respond to calls to remove Emory’s tributes to L.Q.C. Lamar and Robert Yerkes

Dear Editors, We are Emory University faculty, alumni and students. We write in protest of Emory’s continued celebration of historical figures who were leading figures of racism, slavery, antisemitism and eugenics. President Gregory L. Fenves has claimed to be committed to addressing these shameful elements of Emory’s history but has taken little meaningful action, despite [...]

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Emory Should Stop Honoring a Racist, Anti-Semitic Eugenicist

I am delighted that Emory University, where I teach, has worked tirelessly to eliminate racism and anti-Semitism. However, Emory has overlooked an egregious example. Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, on Emory’s Atlanta campus with over 500 employees, and a division of the prestigious Woodruff Health Sciences Center, is named for Robert Yerkes. As I [...]

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