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Six new Steinbeck Fellows have been selected for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations to Rita Chang-Eppig, Tammy Delatorre, Brice Particelli, Daniel Pearce, Kate Osana Simonian, and Anthony Veasna So. Read more.

Schedule update: Due to the regional shelter-in-place order, the Steinbeck Fellows reading on April 22 has been postponed until fall semester.

Read Marcus Mumford's speech, delivered at the 2019 Steinbeck Award ceremony, about the influence of John Steinbeck in his thinking about justice, power, and community.

Announcing a paid summer program for SJSU students: the Steinbeck / Gentlemen of the Road Service Fellowship brings together a cohort of students from SJSU and Stanford to complete a summer of community service. The overall mission is to respect Steinbeck’s legacy by combining public service and creative writing, and to encourage engaged collaboration between students from the two great universities of “Steinbeck Country."

2019-2020 Visiting Scholar Dr. Luchen Li gave a presentation on November 4, 2019 at China's Hebei Normal University to an audience of faculty and graduate students on the subject of the "paradoxical duality" of American values in Steinbeck's work. Read more.

The Center is currently hosting an original antique nail from the Western Flyer, the famed vessel chartered by John Steinbeck during the Sea of Cortez Expedition. The nail is on loan from the Western Flyer Foundation, the nonprofit organization restoring the Western Flyer and making the ship seaworthy after almost 80 years.  

If you are interested in donating to the Western Flyer Foundation or owning a piece of Steinbeck history, please visit their site for more information. Additionally, you can follow the restoration process on the Western Flyer Foundation Youtube channel and their Instagram page.

Congratulations to Mumford and Sons, who received the 2019 John Steinbeck Award on September 18, 2019, in Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. Mumford and Sons are the first musical group to receive the Steinbeck Award, as well as its youngest recipients to date. The award ceremony featured a conversation with the band members as well as an acoustic performance.

The timing and location of the event were chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of Steinbeck's arrival at Stanford in 1919. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Steinbeck / Gentlement of the Road Service Fellowship, a new program established by Stanford and SJSU to bring together students from both universities to participate in service projects across the region. Read more.

The Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and Camino Arts have commissioned a new symphony inspired by El Camino Real, entitled "Camino Chronicles." Symphony Silicon Valley will premiere the work, by the Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, during the 2020-2021 season. Read more.

May 1-3, 2019: The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars hosted "Steinbeck and the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Influence, and Impact," a conference in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San José State University. Read the full conference program.

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