John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist
This Summer Institute, designed primarily for 4-12 Humanities and Science teachers, will be held at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA. We will explore Steinbeck’s intersecting social/ecological visions and consider why his work deserves complex consideration in the 21st century. We will discuss the continuing relevance of his sense of place, his great labor trilogy, his ecological and scientific perspectives, his treatment of race and ethnicity, and his probing commentaries on Cold War America. This holistic approach to Steinbeck’s work will help bridge divides between humanities and sciences, between literary analysis and historical contexts, between historical and contemporary perspectives, and between his fiction and nonfiction.