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News and Events
The Great American Read, an eight-part TV series hosted by Meredith Vieira, celebrates literacy through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. Vote now to select Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath as your favorite! The series resumes September 11, 2018, on your local public television station.
The 2018 John Steinbeck Award will be presented to author and environmental activist Bill McKibben on September 11, 2018, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. The award presentation follows a panel discussion with McKibben and other prominent environmentalists entitled "Let's Talk Solutions," scheduled on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit. Read more.
Upcoming Readings in the Steinbeck Center
Weds, November 28, 7:00pm
Three of the six 2018-2019 Steinbeck Fellows will read from new work and answer questions from the audience. Reception to follow.
Call for Papers: The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars has announced "Steinbeck and the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Influence, and Impact," a conference to be held May 1-3, 2019, in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San José State University. Submit a paper proposal.
Congratulations to 2015-2016 Steinbeck Fellow Gabriel Thompson, whose article "After the Inferno, Undocumented Workers Find Themselves Without Federal Help," co-published by Capital & Main and Newsweek, won first prize in the Online Cultural News category at the 60th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, announced June 24, 2018.
Announcing the 2018-2019 Steinbeck Fellows
We are excited to welcome six Steinbeck Fellows to SJSU for the 2018-2019 academic year: Katie M. Flynn, Laura Goode, Meng Jin, Kirin Khan, Jill Logan, and Christine Vines. Read Their Bios.
Thank you to all who applied. The next application deadline is January 2, 2019.
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