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ALBC Event - Morril Conference - Oct. 23-24, 2009

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Date:

2009-10-22

Contact Name:

Michelle Valmond

Contact Email:

michelle_valmond@jtpr.com

Contact Phone:

312-573-5491


National Conference to Focus on Future of Public Universities,

Lincoln’s Goal for American Education

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Dr. Sam Pitroda join world-renown experts to discuss achievements of the past and future challenges for higher education; original 1862 Morrill Act on display

 

What:     U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Dr. Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister of India, will join a host of government leaders, presidents of public universities and Lincoln scholars on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to discuss the future of higher education in the United States at a conference titled, “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work: The Morrill Act and the Future of Higher Education.” The conference will examine the lasting impact of the Morrill Act on our nation’s higher education system, as well as the responsibility of public higher education to address the broader societal issues of the 21st century.

Over the past several decades, many states have been rapidly divesting from public research and teaching universities. The country’s current economic climate promises only to accelerate this disturbing trend. The conference aims to investigate the reasons behind this troubling development, and find solutions that can help preserve our country’s great public institutions and ensure access to quality higher education for all.

In conjunction with the conference, the original 1862 Morrill Act has been brought to the university from the National Archives in Washington D.C. The document is on display at the University’s Krannert Art Museum for viewing by the general public through October 31.

Hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and its Foundation, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the conference is one of several Lincoln Bicentennial events being held across the country. Additional details and a full conference schedule can be found at www.morrillact.illinois.edu.

 

Who:     

  • Friday, October 23
    • Key Note Speaker: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    • Panelists include: David von Drehle, TIME Magazine; Dr. Bruce Levine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Dr. Peter Wallenstein, Virginia Tech; Eileen Mackevich, executive director, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Dr.Adam Green, University of Chicago; Dr. Vernon Burton, Coastal Carolina University; professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Saturday, October 24:
    • Key Note Speakers: Jim Leach, chair, National Endowment for the Humanities; Dr. Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Indian Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister on Information, Infrastructure, and Innovation.

 **Dr. Pitroda’s presentation to be Webcast live at www.morrillact.illinois.edu

 

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Richard Herman, chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Eileen Mackevich, executive director, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission;
  • Dr. M. Peter McPherson, president, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU);
  • Dr. Bill DeLauder, president emeritus, Delaware State University, executive director, Commission on Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program;
  • Stanley Ikenberry, interim president designate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 
  • Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council on Education (ACE);
  • Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper, president, Institute for Higher Education Policy;
  • Martha Kanter, under secretary, U.S. Department of Education;
  • Dr. William English “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland;
  • Dr. Charles Reed, chancellor, The California State University;
  • Ilesanmi Adesida, dean, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, dean, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Robert E. Easter, interim provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Wynne Sandra Korr, dean, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Dr. John Unsworth, dean, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Dr. Colien Hefferan, deputy director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • Dr. Robert F. Rich, director, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Dr. George Wright, president, Prairie View A&M University (Texas);
  • Dr. Peter Nardulli, director, Center for the Study of Democratic Governance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

When:    Friday, October 23

6:00 PM                Reception begins

6:30 PM                Keynote Address---keynote speech by Senator Richard Durbin

7:30 PM                Panel Speakers  

 

Saturday, October 24

8:30am                  Welcome and Opening Remarks—keynote speech by Jim Leach

9:15am                  Session I: The Morrill Act: What Has Expanded Access Achieved?

10:45am                Session II: Expanded Access to Public Higher Education: Challenges for the 21st Century

12:00pm                Lunch—keynote speech by Dr. Sam Pitroda

1:30pm                  Session III: A Framework for Revitalizing the Land Grant Mission: An Illinois Perspective

3:00pm                  Session IV: Expanded Access to Public Higher Education:  Challenges for the 21st Century

4:15pm                  Session V: Public Higher Education for Societal Purposes: Responding to the Challenges for the 21st Century

 

Where: 

  • Friday, October 23: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Business Instructional Facility, 515 East Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL
  • Saturday, October 24: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, Illini Union Ballrooms A, B & C, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL