Scott Peters (right), associate professor of education in the Department of Horticulture, reflects on the land grant mission in a Cornell Chronicle article marking the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which created the land grant system. (See Higher ed researcher: Land-grant act’s 150th is an occasion to revitalize mission for the future.)
“In the land-grant system, communities inform research as much as research informs the community.
“Instead of simply being experts prescribing solutions to peoples’ problems, scientists and scholars at Cornell work in collaboration with anyone, from farmers and business owners to policymakers and schoolchildren, Peters said. They play important civic roles, sometimes even engaging in “shuttle diplomacy” as they help opposing factions work together on public issues and problems.
“‘Extension is about more than just fixing technical problems and ramping up the economy; while important, these things are only part of what we do today, and have done historically,’ he said.”
Other articles in the Chronicle’s sesquicentennial celebration package:
- Cornell’s first sesquicentennial event: The Morrill Land Grant Act turns 150
- Why the ‘land’ in ‘land grant’ is not about agriculture
- Portrait of Justin Smith Morrill pays tribute to Land Grant Act’s sponsor
Cornell University Library is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land Grant Act with exhibits is both Olin and Uris of related photographs, manuscripts and other artifacts from the university archives through Dec. 21. See online exhibition: Senator Justin S. Morrill, the Land-Grant College Act and Cornell: Opening the Doors of Education to “Any Person”