Sat. and Sun., August 11 & 12, 2012

Strafford, Vermont

16 national leaders in education, politics, agriculture and the press will challenge the current state of higher education in the 21st Century.

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2012 marks the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s signing of the Land Grant College Act which helped to create 105 colleges and universities throughout the United States, making higher education accessible to millions of working class and minority Americans.  This piece of legislation, written and championed by Senator Justin Morrill of Strafford, Vermont, effectively changed the direction of higher education, creating for the first time universities that gave students a practical education in areas such as engineering, agriculture, economics and the sciences.

The Friends of the Morrill Homestead will host a two-day Chautauqua-like symposium, on August 11 and 12, 2012, to explore what led Senator Morrill to conceive the Land Grant legislation, and, of greater importance, to look at the issues facing agriculture and  education today, and what we as a country can do to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Speakers will include: