Rowan University, a liberal arts college, in a small town in New Jersey, celebrates its 50th anniversary of attending the Cold War Summit. This comes as tensions arise among Russia and the United States amidst rumors of collusion with President Trump’s campaign.

The Summit

Amidst the rising tensions between Russia and the United States, a college of liberal arts in a small New Jersey town celebrates the 50th anniversary since its attendance at the Cold War Summit.

Rowan University, previously known as Glassboro State College during the 1967 summit, has planned an event to remember this day, which will include memorabilia displays, tours and dinner with food from or inspired by the menu during the summit.

The Celebration

Leaders from the two countries, Alexi Kosyin, a soviet premier, and former president Lyndon Johnson, decided to meet in 1967 for a “Cold War Summit” in order to ensure tensions arising between Israel and its surrounding Arab states, did not eventually escalate to another world war.

When nations have deeply different positions, as we do on these issues, they do not come to agreement merely by improving their understanding of each other’s views,” Johnson said to the American people, shortly following the meeting. “But such improvement helps.”

Jeremi Suri, a professor from the University of Texas, said: “It was one of the most quickly arranged summits. The majority of the planning was aimed at controlling events from spinning out of control.”

William Courtney, an arms negotiator and retired ambassador, said that he sees parallels in the conditions during the summit and the political atmosphere between the US and Russia today.

“There is a new, untested U.S. president and both sides are dug into their positions. It’s hard to find any progress for success.” he said. 

The Setup Celebration

Nick Petroni, a man whose family let their home across the university be used as an office for news service at the time of the summit, recalled his memories of the event:

“They put all kinds of phone lines in our home and set up a darkroom in our basement. I got enlisted as a film carrier,” he said. He said that his father let 20 photographers, reporters and technicians set up their equipment in their house free of charge. He also recalled his mother providing food and snacks for the team. Petroni, who was 18 at the time also got a $100 bond for helping out.


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