The Long Years: Iowa Agricultural College, Faculty Unrest, and Student Rebellion, 1883-1890
Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Presented by Douglas Biggs, Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Kearney
The 1880s were long years at Iowa Agricultural College. The small school of barely 300 students, isolated on the prairie two miles west of Ames, saw four presidents in the seven years from 1883-1890. The turnover was a sign of deep divisions over curriculum and the perception that the college was straying from its intended purpose of agricultural education. The students were divided and openly rebellious over issues of student conduct, required chapel attendance and the introduction of the Greek system. By 1890, some important agricultural interests in the state wondered if the idea of an agricultural college was even worth continuing. Biggs will discuss the controversies during these unquiet times.
The 2018 Lecture Series is presented in partnership with Ames Public Library.