OPB’s Oregon Experience documentary, “Oregon State University”

OSU Cascade presents

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Join Oregon State University - Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson, OSU and OSU-Cascades alumni, and community members for a premiere screening and discussion with the producer of OPB’s Oregon Experience documentary, “Oregon State University” before it airs statewide.

OPB's new one-hour Oregon Experience documentary explores the long history of Oregon State University, Oregon’s largest university and Oregon’s only land-grant institution.  “Oregon State University” takes an in-depth look at OSU’s enduring legacy as a school for the people of Oregon, and its continued impact today with cutting-edge research projects conducted around the world—in technology, natural resources, marine sciences, and more.

In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed federal legislation creating land-grant schools that would provide a liberal and practical education for the masses. It was a radical idea in a time when higher education was only accessible to the wealthy. The mission of land-grant schools would be to provide a low-cost instruction in agriculture, military science, and engineering.  The federal government provided states with federal land to fund the new institutions. In 1868, the Oregon Legislature chose Corvallis College as its official land-grant school. Over the years, the school would have many names, including the Oregon Agricultural College (OAC), and finally in 1961, Oregon State University.

Today, OSU is one of only two institutions in the country to be designated land, sea, space grant, and sun grant status. Those federal designations provide unique opportunities to conduct and share research on a broad range of issues related to natural resources.

OPB’s documentary “Oregon State University” uses hundreds of rare images, historic film, and oral histories with illustrious alumni. The program features interviews with:

John Byrne, OSU president 1984-1995, former NOAA administrator
Jonathan Hurst, Dynamics Robotics Laboratory & associate professor of Robotics
Lawrence Landis, director, OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Jane Lubchenco, distinguished professor, former NOAA administrator
Sylvia Moore, professor emeritus of Women’s Athletics
Michael Oriard, former professional American football player, emeritus distinguished professor of American Literature and Culture
Edward Ray, OSU president
William Robbins, emeritus distinguished professor of History
“Oregon State University” is written and produced by Kami Horton and edited by Bruce Barrow.

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