Passed in 1862, the Morrill Act gave 11 million acres of public land to states to sell off to endow fledgling land-grant colleges. A grant only in name, the Morrill Act was a wealth transfer from tribal nations to American colleges nationwide.
Join us for a virtual Talks @ Pulitzer on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 1 pm (ET) with journalist Tristan Ahtone and historian Robert Lee as they will share the findings from a multi-year investigation published this spring in High Country News under the title, "Land-Grab Universities." The Pulitzer Center supported the reporting project investigating the foundations of the land-grant university system while providing data for future reporting on this topic.
Ahtone has served as an associate editor for Indigenous affairs at High Country News. An award-winning journalist, Ahtone also has reported for PBS NewsHour, Frontline, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, Fronteras Desk, NPR and Al Jazeera. In May 2020, he becomes editor-in-chief for the Texas Observer.
Lee is a lecturer in American History at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Selwyn College, and a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, a land-grant university.
Steve Sapienza, the Pulitzer Center's senior strategist on Collaborative News Partnerships, moderates the conversation.
While this event is open to the general public, land and property rights experts, university faculty and students, journalists, and individuals involved with community organizations are encouraged to join.