Throughout the 2017 fall semester, a group of about a dozen students calling themselves Reedies Against Racism surrounded the day’s professor—Hum 110 is taught by a circulating roster of lecturers—in usually silent protest. One lecture session was cancelled.

Following the announcement of changes to the course, Reedies Against Racism voiced their continued dissatisfaction in a statement.

They rebuffed any continued study of white, male, Eurocentric Western Civilization as outdated, calling teaching the Western Canon “antiquated,” and said that focusing on the Greco-Roman tradition in the first modules would be a perpetuation of “the racist notion that the West is the key to other civilizations.”