There is a proposal to rename Cabrillo College, based on issues raised by faculty and students about his legacy as a conquistador and his role in native genocide. In this program, we hear from Cabrillo president Matthew Wetstein, and Cabrillo trustees, Adam Spickler and Christina Cuevas. The move may cost as much as $1,000,000 and take years to implement. Critics say it’s another battle in the culture wars, rewriting history to current sensibilities. Proponents of the change say it’s unfitting for an educational institution to bear the name of someone complicit in such violent acts against native peoples. Hear various perspectives and arguments on this contentious issue.
Read an account of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s life story here: