One of my favourite professors here teaches a course that she’s been teaching for over 30 years now. When she first started, the course was called “Racism and Antisemitism in Canada”. Then, her department intervened and asked her to change the title, and it became “Race and Antisemitism in Canada”. Then, they fiddled again, “Race in Canada”. Now, its current name is “Race in Canada since 1900.”

Fortunately for her, the course content remained more or less the same, but I marvel at how her department felt the need to defang the course title so radically over a three decade time period.