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2014 Steinbeck Festival Comes to Oakland

Join us for a special preview of the 2014 Steinbeck Festival! The National Steinbeck Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of the publication 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, social discrimination, 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 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 from folks encountered along the trek from Oklahoma to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally California.

You will also get a sneak peek of artworks resulting from this project: excerpts from oral history videos by P.J. Palmer, samples of prints by Patricia Wakida, and a reading from a new play by Octavio Solis. As another bonus, the musical duo Cascada de Flores will perform Dust Bowl-era folk songs. Don’t miss out! This is the only Bay Area preview before the Festival opens in Salinas, California, then heads east to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. 

This special preview is presented by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute, the Peace & Justice Club, and the Associated Students of Holy Names University in partnership with the National Steinbeck Center and the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI). Special thanks to supporters and promotional co-sponsors: HNU Music program, HNU Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) program and Intercultural Peace & Justice Studies program, Mills College English program, St. Mary's College History program and Global/Regional Studies program. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
5:45 p.m.

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