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IU biology staff want building named for noted Black teacher

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Aug 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 10:55:10-04

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — More than 100 staff members with Indiana University's biology department are calling for a department building once named after a 19th century IU president who supported eugenics to be renamed after a noted Black faculty member.

A petition signed by 144 members of the Bloomington campus' biology department urges school leadership to rename the Biology Building in honor of James Holland, an award-winning teacher and endocrinologist who died in 1998.

The Herald-Times reports that the building was formerly known as Jordan Hall, getting its name from David Starr Jordan. The late IU president was a proponent of eugenics, the practice of controlled selective breeding of humans often carried out through forced sterilization.