The 2016 International Steinbeck Conference is slated for May 4-6, 2016. This year’s conference will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library at San Jose State University. The Conference invites papers that examine Steinbeck as an international/translational writer. Contributions are welcome from a wide variety of theoretical applications, such as Steinbeck’s connections to world literature and world thought—for example, Classical Greek and Roman, Eastern, and twentieth-century Russian.
The Conference is presented by San Joes State University which houses the only university research archive in the world that dedicated solely to the life and work of Jon Steinbeck. It is the mission of the Center to promote the writer’s “goals of empathy and understanding by continuing to support education, inquiry, and the literary arts.” The keynote speaker this year is Richard Astro, Provost Emeritus and Professor of English at Drexel University.
Registration for the 3-day conference is $150 (or $100 for students with a valid student ID). The registration fee includes continental breakfast all three days, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and the banquet dinner on Thursday evening. There are no guest rooms available on the San Jose State University campus. However, the campus is close to downtown, which offers a variety of lodging options. The Conference has made arrangements with the Fairmont San Jose to offer special rates for guests during the conference. There is a listing of suggested hotels on the official website at sjsu.edu.
This year the Conference serves as a kick-off to another annual Steinbeck celebration. Immediately following the conclusion of the conference attendees are encouraged to travel to Monterey/Salinas for the weekend-long 2016 Steinbeck Festival. Sponsored by the National Steinbeck Center this annual celebration offers programming at the downtown Salinas museum, guided tours of locations important to Steinbeck’s life and work, such as the Red Pony ranch, the Pastures of Heaven (Corral de Tierra), and Cannery Row. To find out more, visit their website here.