What Is “So Many Roads”?
A four-day symposium and conference featuring leading scholars, Grateful Dead family members and associates, other historical figures, and interested participants. It will feature a variety of events, from traditional conference panels to plenary talks by luminaries to evening receptions and performances featuring well-known Dead-associated poster artists, authors, and musicians.
Why San Jose?
The band’s genesis was close to San Jose, in nearby Palo Alto, and the band has an extensive history in the area that makes it a rich resource for scholars interested in the Dead phenomenon.
In addition to being the home of the host institution, San Jose State University, San Jose is the most affordable and convenient conference location in Northern California. A well-established conference center, the city offers multiple hotels and facilities within walking distance of the main conference hotel, including the San Jose Civic Center, where one or both musical performances may be held.
The city offers many restaurants and cultural sites within walking distance of the SJSU campus and the main conference hotel, including the Tech Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the National Civic Auditorium.
Three factors make the time right for this conference: the publicity and interest in the band’s archive at UC Santa Cruz, now in its fifth year; the proliferation of the scholarship on the Dead phenomenon, which has reached maturity; and the advent of the band’s fiftieth anniversary, which closely follows the conference in 2015.