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The sesquicentennial of the Morrill Land-Grant Act prompts a re-examination of a common phrase in the discourse about land-grant institutions, including Cornell: "the land-grant mission." What was and is this mission? And why did and does it matter? Join Scott J. Peters for a lecture about the Morrill Act, drawing from a study of Justin Smith Morrill's and Jonathan Baldwin Turner's speeches and writings, and the views and experiences of contemporary faculty and staff from Cornell and other land-grant institutions.
Dr. Peters is Co-Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life and professor of Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. He is also a faculty affiliate for the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.