Media reports on UMaine request to change name of Little Hall
The Bangor Daily News, News Center Maine and Science magazine reported on University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy seeking approval to rename Clarence Cook Little Hall from the University of Maine System. The announcement follows a recommendation to change the name from a universitywide task force the president convened in March to explore the matter. According to the task force’s June 23 report, the name should be changed because Little, who served as president of UMaine from 1922–25, “promoted a scientific theory anchored in invidious judgments about the relative worth of different kinds of people,” referring to eugenics, and because he lead a campaign to “discredit public health evidence about smoking in order to protect a profitable industry.” “I agree with the task force that the renaming of Little Hall is necessary,” President Ferrini-Mundy said to the BDN. “It provides an opportunity to promote reflection and conversations about the meaning of diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus, and to address specific issues of racism.” WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) shared the BDN article.