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Introduction to EHT

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The Event Horizon Telescope is a project to assemble a global Very Long Baseline Interferometric (VLBI) array that operates at mm and submm wavelengths. With stations ranging from Hawaii to the South Pole, the array will have the angular resolution to image the nearest super massive black holes, and the sensitivity to time resolve dynamics at the event horizon. The central goal is to spatially resolve a region of space time where gravity is dominant, and to detect strong field GR signatures. This introductory talk will outline the project history, enabling technical developments, planned observations, and excellent prospects for exciting new results in black hole studies.