Please mark your calendars for the first Resident Scholar lecture of the 2013-14 academic year.
Chris McQuilkin, who is visiting us from the University of Oregon, will discuss his research in a talk titled “Land Grant Colleges, Agricultural Extension and the Institute of Inter-American Affairs in the Early Cold War, 1949-1964.”
The talk will take place at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 16th in Willamette West. Refreshments will be on offer.
An abstract of Chris’s talk is as follows:
Beginning in 1949, the United States embarked on a global program of assistance to developing countries as a means to fight the spread of communism. Much of the aid work focused on technical agricultural aid. Foreign aid programs found a ready model for this kind of work in the U.S. Cooperative Extension Service, which communicated the agricultural research of land-grant colleges to rural families. The work of two former agricultural extension workers, Elvin Duerst and Wallace Kadderly, can help illustrate the larger story of the agricultural Cold War and the relationship between U.S. aid agencies, land-grant colleges, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Please join us if you are available.