John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist




Pacific Grove, CA


July 3-22, 2022


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience


Institute Coordinator Brett Navin, @email;
Project Co-Director Susan Shillinglaw, @email


This Summer Institute for 5-12 Humanities and Science teachers will be held at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA. The three-week Institute will consider the continuing relevance of Steinbeck’s sense of place, his great labor trilogy, his ecological and scientific perspectives (shared with his close friend, marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts), 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.

Project Director(s)

Susan Shillinglaw; William Gilly

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Mary Adler; Pete Barraza; Robert DeMott; Chris Fink; Gavin Jones; Persis Karim; Anthony Newfield; William Souder; Matthew Spangler; Craig Strang

Grantee Institution

San Jose State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs