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2014 Steinbeck Festival Comes to Oakland

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2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s stunning protest novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Join the Steinbeck Center and three artists for an evening of stories and thoughts on the themes of environmental disaster, the dispossessed, and dissent.

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Location: HOLY NAMES COLLEGE, Valley Center for the Performing Arts (3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619)
Pricing: FREE and open to the public

Join us for a special preview of the 2014 Steinbeck Festival! This year the National Steinbeck Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath by convening a national dialogue, seeking out the stories of individuals struggling against many of the same challenges so poignantly represented in this classic work: financial insecurity, widespread unemployment and foreclosures, drought and other environmental crises.

To gather contemporary stories of resilience and migrations in hard times, curators from the National Steinbeck Center commissioned a talented group of artists to retrace the Joad family’s journey.

* P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker and Videographer

* Octavio Solis, Playwright and Director

* Patricia Wakida, Writer and Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Come hear from this diverse group of artists—along with curators from the National Steinbeck Center, as they discuss the continuing relevance of The Grapes of Wrath for a globalizing world as well as what they learned along the trek from Oklahoma to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California. You may also get a sneak peek of artworks resulting from this project! Don’t miss out: this is the only Bay Area preview before the Festival heads east to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

This Steinbeck Festival preview is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute and the Peace & Justice Club at Holy Names University. Special thanks to our promotional co-sponsors: HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) program and Intercultural Peace & Justice Studies program; Mills College English program; St. Mary’s College History program and International Area Studies program.


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