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Sunday—Welcome to the Institute

Optional program for early arrivers; additional $25 fee

Noon Depart for San Pedro

12:30 am-1:30 pm Visit Fort MacArthur Museum

2:00-4:00 pm Tour of the USS Iowa

4:00-4:30 pm Return to CSU Long Beach


1:00-5:00 pm Participants will arrive and get checked in to their dorms

6:00-7:30 pm Dave Neumann, “California Higher Education and the Military-Industrial Complex”

7:30-8:15 pm Dave Neumann, Brief introduction to agenda and expectations, logistics, and questions


Monday— Prelude to the Sunbelt: World War II Production

How and why did Sunbelt develop in Southern California?

8:00-8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30-9:30 am Walking tour of CSU Long Beach, a Cold-War campus, with a discussion of the historical development of the institution

9:30-11:00 am Dr. William Deverell, “The Southern California Sunbelt in National and Regional Perspective: Political, Economic, and Social Dynamics”

11:00-Noon Prof. Tim Keirn, Discussion on readings

  • Escobedo, “The Pachuca Panic: Sexual and Cultural Battlegrounds in World War II Los Angeles”
  • Gluck, Introduction to Rosie the Riveter Revisited
  • Starr, “Garrison State”

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:30-2:00 pm Travel to Long Beach Airport

2:00-4:00 pm Tour of historic Long Beach Airport, sites associated with Douglas aircraft production, and review of archival materials with airport archivist

4:00-4:15 pm Return to campus

4:30-6:00 pm Lecture-discussion, “World War II in Southern California: Development of Aerospace Politics, Economy, and Culture”


Tuesday— The Aerospace Industry: The Structure of Production

How did Cold War production transform the region & the nation?

8:00-8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30-10:30 am Dr. Ali Igmen, Introduction to Oral History & the Rosie the Riveter Oral History collection

10:45-11:45 am Prof. Tim Keirn, Discussion of readings

  • Lotchin, “Getting on Target: Nuclear Weapons, Jet Technology, and the Metropolis”
  • Scott, “Missile and Space Industry: The Southern California Nexus in National Context.”
  • Westwick, ed., Blue Sky Metropolis

12:00-2:00 pm LUNCH & Address by Dr. Peter Westwick, “The Southern California Aerospace Industry and the Cold War: Development of the Military-Industrial Complex”

2:00-2:30 pm Travel to Downey

2:30-5:00 pm Explore aerospace materials at Columbia Memorial Space Center Interviews with former employees

5:00-5:30 pm Return to Long Beach


Wednesday— Aerospace industry: The Experience of Workers

How did the growing diversity of Southern California influence workers’ experiences in the aerospace industry?

8:00-8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30-9:30 am Prof. Tim Keirn, Discussion of readings

  • Beers, “Lucky Star”
  • Nicolaides, “The Suburban Good Life Arrives”
  • Sides, “The Window of Opportunity: Black Work in Los Angeles, 1941-1964”

9:30-10:15 am Travel to Cold War Museum in Culver City

10:30-Noon Explore exhibit and digitized materials from collections of Cold War Museum

Noon-1 pm LUNCH & travel to California Science Center

1:00-2:30 pm Dr. Peter Westwick, “At Work and at Home: The Experiences of Workers in the Southern California Aerospace industry”

2:30-5:00 Dr. Kenneth Phillips, Tour of Air & Space Exhibits, including the Space Shuttle Endeavour, California Science Center

5:00-5:45 pm Return to Long Beach


Thursday—Popular Culture in the Space Age

How did the aerospace industry shape American popular culture?

8:00-8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30-9:30 am Prof. Tim Keirn, Discussion of readings

  • Bodnar, “Monuments and Mourning”
  • O’Donnell, “Science Fiction Films and Cold War Anxiety”
  • Shaw, from Hollywood’s Cold War
  • Wiener, “Memorial Day in Lakewood and La Jolla: Korean War Monuments of California”

9:30-10:15 am Travel to Pasadena

10:15 am-12:15 pm Guided tour of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

12:15-1:00 pm Picnic lunch at Hahamonga Park

1:00-1:45 pm Return to Long Beach

2:00-3:30 pm Dr. Peter Westwick, Introduction to USC-Huntington Aerospace History Project collections; time to explore collections

4:00-5:00 pm Reception

5:00-7:00 pm DINNER & Lecture-discussion, Dr. Jon Wiener, “How We Forgot the Cold War: Public Memory in Southern California and Across the Nation””

7:00-9:30 pm Film & Discussion of Cold War Popular Culture through Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers



Friday—Living in Cold War California

How did the aerospace industry shape the formation of communities?

8:00-8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30-9:30 am Prof. Tim Keirn, Discuss readings

  • Avila, “Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Suburbs: Race, Space, and the New ‘New Mass Culture’ of Postwar America”
  • Bernstein, “From the Southwest to the Nation: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Los Angeles”
  • Hise, “The Airplane and the Garden City”

9:45-11:15 am Dr. Eileen Luhr, “Cold War Suburbia: Race, Class and Gender in Southern California Housing”

11:15-11:30 BREAK

11:30-1:15 LUNCH and presentation by DJ Waldie, ” The ‘Holy Land’ of Lakewood: Life in the Archetypical Postwar Southern California Suburb”

1:15-1:45 Share out lessons-in-progress

1:45-2:00 Conclusion & final evaluations