Historical Memory & Commemoration
Local and national discussions about renaming buildings and institutions are part of broader debates about the relationship between commemoration and historical memory. Institutional responses to these debates have varied: some have shied away from such conversations, others have embraced the challenge of developing complex and holistic plans for assessing naming and commemoration practices while wrestling with the complex legacies of the past. Some names have been changed; others have been kept. Below you can find blogs, scholarship, and news coverage (in chronological order) of debates taking place nationally and internationally regarding buildings and institutions named after eugenicists.
David Starr Jordan (1851-1931)~ Chancellor of Stanford University, influential biologist and one of the main popularizers of eugenics
Biologist C.C. Little (1888-1971) ~ University of Michigan biologist
Theodore Roosevelt (1859-1919) – U.S. President and conservationist
Francis Galton (1922-1911) ~ Statistician who coined the term Eugenics
Paul Brandon Barringer (1857-1941) ~ Physician and eugenicist from the University of Virginia