Justin Morrill Symposium

Event Schedule

Saturday, August 11, 2012

9:00AM   Opening Remarks – Sen. Dick McCormack – Master of Ceremonies; Anderson Thorp – Trustee Emeritus, Friends of the Morrill Homestead;  Noelle MacKay – Vermont Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Affairs

9:15AM   First Keynote Address –

John Merrow, NPR and PBS Education Correspondent  –  “What are the educational issues facing America today?  Do we need another Morrill Act?”

10:35AM  First set of breakout sessions

  • Agriculture  –  Bruce Stave, Center for Oral History, UConn. “Why was  agricultural education so important at that time in America?  What were the early years like and how did it develop to what it is today?”
  • Education  –  Joyce Judy, Pres. VT Comm. Col. Sys. & Pru Sullivan, Director Continuous Learning, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters  –  “Community Colleges and their Partnering with Industry – A Future Direction for Education?”
  • History  –  Glenn Andres, Middlebury College  –  “What does it say about a man who builds a Gothic Victorian House in a classic Vermont village like Strafford?  Putting Senator Morrill’s house into the context of the Gothic Revival movement in Vermont.”

11:35-1:30PM  Lunch

1:30PM  –  Second Keynote Address –

Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., President, University of Maine“Are Land-Grant Colleges still relevant?  Focusing on the original mission but adapting to the changing environment.”

2:50PM  Second set of breakout sessions

  • Agriculture  – Jennifer Morrill, former Director of Media Relations for the American FarmLand Trust; Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, Program Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County“What’s happening with agriculture today?  Why are we loosing a million acres of farm land a year?”
  • Education  –  Fayneese Miller, Dean, College of Education and Social Services, UVM  – “What is the ‘right’ education for today’s students?    Are Colleges and Universities preparing students for future jobs?”
  • History  –  Lucinda Brockway, Cultural Resources Program Director, the Trustees of Reservation and Margaret Carpenter, the gardener responsible for the current landscape reconstruction at the Morrill Homestead “Was Morrill Vermont’s Thomas Jefferson?  His garden designs,  his experiments with plant propagation show another side of Morrill’s character that parallels his passion for agricultural education.”

4:10PM  Third Keynote Address

James H. Billington, Ph.D., Librarian, United States Library of Congress and US Senator Patrick Leahy“Where would the Library of Congress be without Senator Morrill?  Exploring Morrill’s impact on the US Library of Congress and our nation’s capital”

5:40-7:10PM – Big Fatty’s Barbecue Dinner on the Strafford Common

7:30PM  Fourth Keynote Address

Dr. Clement Price, Distinguished Service Professor, Rutgers  –  “150 years since the Morrill Act – Why is there still an issue of access to higher education for American students?”

Sunday, August 12, 2012

10:00AM-12:30PM – Oral History WorkshopDrs. Bruce and Sondra Astor Stave, Center for Oral History, University of Connecticut.

11:30AM – Third Breakout Sessions

  • Agriculture  –  Thomas Vogelmann, Dean, Sch. of Agriculture, Univ. of Vermont and Dr. Verna Fowler, President, College of Menominee Nation  –  “What’s Happened to Agriculture Education?  Does it need a new focus?  Agribusiness?  Sustainable agriculture?”
  • Education  – Merritt Roe  Smith, Professor, History of Technology, MIT“How the LG Act fueled US’s industrial boom & can it do it again in a tech age?”

1:30PM  Fifth Keynote Address

Rolf Diamant, Founding Director of the Marsh Billings National Park “Land-Grant Universities and National Parks, created by Congress to exist in perpetuity?  Does each generation need to recommit and find new meaning in these acts?  Are we in a constant quest to improve the nature of ‘civil society,’ by connecting these acts to a more diverse set of society?”

2:30PM  –  Closing Remarks