April 27, 2012
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will join other UC leaders and state officials Monday, April 30, on a panel discussing “A Morrill Act for the 21st Century: How to Reinvigorate the Act’s Underlying Principles For Today’s Realities.”
The panel discussion will take place on the west lawn of the state Capitol, as part of a program on the economic and social legacy of the Morrill Act. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, the act gave birth to the University of California and other land-grant universities charged with making higher education available to the masses and advancing the cutting-edge fields of the day: agriculture and engineering.
The program is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. with a welcome by UC Provost Lawrence Pitts, followed by an actor portraying President Lincoln, addressing the values behind the Morrill Act.
UC President Mark G. Yudof is scheduled to speak at 12:45 p.m., on “Universities and the Public Good: The Importance of a Well-Educated Population to Broader Economic Prosperity.”
The program concludes with the panel discussion at 1:30 p.m.