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Preparing the Soil for UC San Diego: Land, Thoroughfares, and Local Expectations

Professor Jack Fisher

Throughout World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Matthews and its neighbor, U.S. Army Camp Callan, served as centers for training and processing several million troops bound for overseas deployment. When victory came, portions of each facility were destined for transfer to a San Diego campus for the University of California, but not without a decade of negotiations confounded by differing expectations for the institution's purpose. When everything fell into place, success by any standard came with unprecedented speed. As Walter Munk observed, “It was an interesting experiment, watching a bunch of sailors invent a university.”

Instructor: Jack Fisher is Edward A. Dickson Professor Emeritus of Surgery, and Historian, UCSD Emeriti Association. He is former Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego. In retirement he returned to school and earned an MA in U.S. Political and Economic History. His current historical work examines how UC San Diego acquired its land in the face of conflicting local expectations for the institution's goals.

Coordinator: Candace Gietzen

Course Number: OSHR-70026   Credit: 0 units


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11/27/2017 In-class 127487 $0.00  

Day and Time: Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla