Sunday afternoon—Welcome to the Institute
An optional program for early arrivers includes a visit to nearby San Pedro, where participants can visit historic Fort MacArthur, the site of a military installation that guarded the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor from before World War II through the Cold War. In the 1960s, it became the site of one of the Nike Missile batteries that literally ringed the entire LA basin. Participants will also visit the battleship USS Iowa, the lead ship of her class of battleship built in World War II, which transported President Roosevelt across the Atlantic for the Tehran Conference. The Iowa served in the Korean War and, after decommissioning, was reactivated in the 1980s to during a period of renewed tensions with the Soviet Union.
All participants will get checked into their dorms by the afternoon. Program coordinator Dave Neumann will greet them as they arrive. After dinner, Neumann will introduce the agenda and expectations for the week, discuss logistics, and answer any questions participants may have. An evening talk will be provided in the CSU Long Beach Library entitled “California Higher Education and the Military-Industrial Complex.” The talk will place the development of California’s higher-education system campus in the context of a Cold War government-industry partnership focused on research and development.