Burlington, Vt. Free Books at Former Burlington College,” the Craigslist ad read. “Many psychology texts and health texts, gender identity, some art, some literature, history, etc. Please bring boxes and bags for carrying your new treasures home with you!” So ended a 44-year experiment in liberal education, with angry students and alumni filling message boards with blame and a library of books for the taking. Burlington College closed in 2016, crushed under the weight of debt it took on in a 2010 real estate deal. In its last five years, this tiny liberal arts school of fewer than 200 students occupied the former St. Joseph’s Orphanage (and its 33 acres, including the last virgin lakefront in town) overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. A $10 million acquisition from the cash-strapped Catholic diocese was made while Jane Sanders, the wife of Vermont’s most famous socialist, was president of the college.