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The history of eugenics in Vermont

A white meeting house.
John Billingsley
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VPR File
Middlebury's Mead Memorial Chapel, whose namesake supported eugenics. The college is removing the name from the building.

Live call-in discussion: Middlebury College is removing the name of its iconic Mead Chapel. Its namesake supported eugenics — the practice of reshaping the gene pool through sterilization, segregation and other harmful policies. This hour, we learn about the history of eugenics in Vermont and what it takes to rename a building.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Corrected: October 6, 2021 at 10:41 AM EDT
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