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The John Steinbeck Society of America Announces

Steinbeck and the Politics of Crisis: Ethics, Society, and Ecology

May 1-3, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, San Jose State University
Sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

Registration for the conference is now open. The registration fee of $150 ($100 for students) includes lunch all three days.

Schedule of Sessions

The schedule of panels is now available online (updated March 19, 2013).

Partnership with Annual Steinbeck Festival, May 4-5, 2013
We have timed our conference to precede this year’s Steinbeck Festival, a weekend-long event sponsored by the National Steinbeck Center (NSC) in Salinas. The NSC has arranged a special discounted admission to the festival for Conference attendees. The ticket price of $135 includes an opening night BBQ in the Pastures of Heaven (Friday, May 3); Saturday morning talks at the National Steinbeck Center (Saturday, May 4); and one Saturday afternoon tour, either Steinbeck Agricultural Tour or Pastures of Heaven/Carmel Valley. The full Festival schedule is online at If you are interested in purchasing discounted tickets, please call Phillip Saldana at (831) 775-4721 and mention that you are attending the International Steinbeck Conference in San Jose.

Keynote Speaker: 

Mimi Gladstein, University of Texas, El Paso

Conference Director:

Nicholas P. Taylor, Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

Conference Steering Committee:

Tom Barden, University of Toledo
Mary M. Brown, Indiana Wesleyan University
Danica Čerče, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Paul Douglass, San Jose State University
Barbara Heavilin, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Professor Emeritus, Taylor University
Luchen Li, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Hotels in San José (for Conference, May 1-3)

(for quoted rate, mention that you are part of the Steinbeck Conference at San José State University)

Ramada San José Convention Center

455 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113

The Sainte Claire

302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Fairmont San José

170 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Hotels in Salinas (for Steinbeck Festival, May 4-5)

-Holiday Inn Express

195 Kern Street 
Salinas, CA

-Courtyard Salinas

17225 El Rancho Way
Salinas, CA 93907

-Residence Inn Salinas

17215 El Rancho Way
Salinas, California 93907

Questions? Contact the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at