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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Land Grant Act


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UMN Land Grant 150: Learning, discovery and engagement for the common good.

Note: This site was developed in 2012 for the University's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act. Although directly related activities have ended, the information and resources on this site may continue to be of interest to University communicators and others.

In 2012, universities across the country will mark the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862, legislation that laid the groundwork for the public research university's ongoing mission of learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good.

One of the country's original land-grant institutions, the University of Minnesota is proud of its history as a land grant research university and remains dedicated to its mission of promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world.

The University will celebrate its land grant mission throughout 2012 with UMN Land Grant 150, encompassing wide-ranging events and activities that explore the University's land grant legacy; examine the impact of the University's campuses, programs, and collaborations across the state and world; and define a land grant vision for the 21st century.
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  • To take stock of the University's work in fulfilling the promise of the Morrill Act
  • To highlight and spotlight programs and initiatives that advance the University of Minnesota's land grant mission
  • To explore critical issues related to the University's future as a land grant university
  • To engage people across Minnesota in conversations about the legacy and impact of the University's land grant mission
  • To strengthen the University as a 21st-century land grant university serving the state, nation, and world

Signature Events

Land Grant Sesquicentennial Day
University of Minnesota students, neighbors, summer campers, and staff joined President Eric Kaler, Goldy Gopher, the University's Alumni Band, and Abe Lincoln (!) for an ice cream social celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act. Watch a video of the festivities »

Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University
In May 2012, University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler and Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor engaged in a public discussion of the role of the 21st-century university in revitalizing urban communities. Watch a video of the conversation »

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