College of Professional & International Education
  • CITT’s signature event is a Point/Counterpoint dialogue on trade issues. It is an educational forum in which different perspectives on a pertinent issue of interest are presented. The format allows for a comprehensive in-depth treatment of a topic in a neutral setting. It will be an informative and lively exchange of information, all done in the spirit of education. The objective is to understand fully the facts and various perspectives on the topic in an educational, neutral format and to allow the audience to further explore the topic through questions and answers.

    The Point/Counterpoint forums are available via webcast. Topical videos that are produced to set the stage for discussions are also available for purchase. These videos have been used as an independent informational resource by governmental agencies and industry and community groups. Event proceedings are posted within three months of the event.

    Point/Counterpoint 2012


    The Future of the Southern California Goods Movement: Will We Survive or Thrive in 2025?

    March 28, 2012
    6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    California State University, Long Beach
    6200 Atherton St.
    Long Beach, CA 90815 
    In this forum, panelists discussed whether the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are ready to accommodate the projected growth of containerized freight, which is expected to more than double by 2025. The forum opened with a video featuring fictitious and extreme scenarios that provided two visions: 1) an overly positive view of the goods movement in the year 2025, assuming all stakeholders cooperated extremely well in the political, legal, environmental, and logistical arenas; and 2) an overly negative view assuming that things went badly in all the aforementioned arenas. The program continued with a panel discussion about which alternative future is likely to occur. 

    Full biographies of the speakers and moderator



    Proceedings and Analysis

    Press Release

    Webcast and Newscast

    The video from the 2012 Point/Counterpoint forum is available for purchase for $25 (by check or credit card) which includes shipping. To order, contact Alix Traver at or (562) 985-2876.

    Point/Counterpoint 2011

    Panama Canal Expansion: The Battle for Jobs and Cargo
    Who Wins? Who Loses? Who Decides?

    Wednesday, October 6, 2010
    6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    California State University, Long Beach

    In this forum, a scholar and an industry expert discussed the Panama Canal's expansion, offered their unique perspective, and challenged existing assumptions about implication for west coast ports, jobs, and cargo volume. There was a formal feedback from an industry commentator before the floor was opened to the audience for Q&A.

    WEBCAST INFO: The event is available on webcast at

    Click here for more information, including the agenda and speaker bios.

    VIDEO: The Panama Canal video, developed specially for this event by CSULB's Advanced Media Production, can be viewed at The video is also available for purchase for $25 (by check or credit card), which includes shipping. To order, contact Alix Traver at or (562) 985-2876.  

    Dave Kelly of AMP Wins WAVE Award for Documentary

    Dave Kelly, director of Advanced Media Production (AMP) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and his staff have won a Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Award for their Panama Canal documentary. Kelly developed the script with the advice and expertise of the members of the Policy and Steering Committee of the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).
    The WAVE Awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), a national organization of community, educational, and governmental TV producers.