A celebration of the land-grant university tradition of community-engaged action
“I urge our nation’s best universities to join in the journey to reaffirm and to extend beyond our borders the core values of the Morrill Act as the fuel and inspiration for higher education’s engagement with a global society in the century ahead.”-- Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, President, Michigan State University, 2012.
A presentation celebrating the land-grant university tradition will be featured this year on the GLFF site. The program includes an exhibition, workshops, and talk sessions and. They are produced by the Michigan State University Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate. The program is inspired by and partially based on the themes and presentations originally created for the Campus and Community program at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
in Washington, D.C.
Funding for this presentation in Michigan has been provided by MSU University Outreach and Engagement.
THE MORRILL ACT AND A LAND-GRANT TRADITION
On July 2, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill that brought hope for thousands of Americans. The Morrill Act granted to states and territories tracts of land that—when sold—provided funding for public universities. The “land-grant tradition” refers to the commitment of land-grant and public universities to provide world-class education, conduct cutting-edge research, and engage communities as partners to build a better world.
As the sample of programs at Michigan State University highlighted at the 2014 Great Lakes Folk Festival illustrate, universities are maintaining the land-grant tradition in many fields and impacting a broad range of communities locally, nationally, and globally.
Programs are based on the Campus and Community Stage, along Abbot Road -- showcasing research and innovations, along with some spirited campus traditions and tales.
Funding for this exhibition and festival presentation has been provided by the MSU University Outreach and Engagement.
Special thanks to the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
The exhibition team would like to thank the following individuals and MSU departments for their assistance in the production of this exhibition:
Patrick D. Kerwin
Patrick T. Power
Pearl Yee Wong
Dr. Laura DeLind
Dr. Dylan Miner
Dr. Brad Rowe
Dr. Laurie Thorp
Michigan State University Departments and Programs
Communications and Brand Strategy
Community Music School
Department of Entomology
Department of Horticulture
Detroit Center Project
Office of Campus Sustainability
Solar Car Team
Student Organic Farm
For the Michigan State University Museum
Dr. C. Kurt Dewhurst
Dr. Marsha MacDowell
Pearl Yee Wong