August 28-October 18
For updates and additional programs please see steinbeck.org
Tuesday, August 22, 4-5PM:
Citizen , Educators’ Book Club #1, Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, Room G-H. Educators and community members across Monterey County are invited to convene and discuss the NEA Big Read book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Dr. Jennifer Elemen, Educational Administrator at the Monterey County Office of Education will facilitate the discussion.
Monday, August 28, 6:45-7:15:
. Monterey Hostel, 778 Hawthorne St, Monterey. An introductory panel discussion of the Big Read and readings from Citizen, Introduction and discussion Citizen!
Tuesday, September 5, 7-9PM:
, Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea. Citizen: Video Clips Discussion Whites for Racial Equity will be hosting a viewing session of several video clips from author Claudia Rankine’s website at the Unitarian Church in Carmel. Lively discussion to follow.
Wednesday, September 6, 11-12AM:
King City Library Book Club, King City Library, 402 Broadway, King City. Pick up a copy of Citizen at the King City Library and sign up for the follow up book club discussion on October 12th.
Friday, September 8, 4-5 PM:
NSC Big Read Kickoff and , National Steinbeck Center, One Main St., Salinas. Join us a book club discussion of Citizen Book Club Citizen before our Kickoff Poetry Slam. Susan Shillinglaw will lead the book discussion.
Thursday, September 21, 7-9PM:
, Unitarian Universalist Church, 490 Aguajito Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea. Whites for Racial Equity will host a book discussion of Citizen Book Club Citizen at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel.
Tuesday September 26, 4-5PM:
Citizen, Educators’ Book Club Discussion #2, Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, Room G-H. Join us for the second book club meeting for educators and community members, led by Dr. Jennifer Elemen.
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM:
Discussion of , Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. Join us for a book discussion facilitated by librarian and published poet Victor Henry. Copies of the book available to borrow while supplies last. Please register for the discussion at Citizen monterey.org/library/events.
Thursday, October 12, 11-12 AM:
King City Library Book Club, 402 Broadway, King City. Join us for a book discussion at the King City Library. Bring your own book!
Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 PM
Linda Bynoe: “African American Women in the Blues” National Steinbeck Center. This presentation addresses some of the first blues singers and their contributions to American music. Linda Bynoe is a Professor Emerita in Liberal Studies at CSUMB and the proud niece of the late Willy Dixon, prolific blues writer and musician.
Thursday, September 7, 5:30 PM:
Jose Ortiz “que estoy pintando en la pared? Am I painted on the wall?” National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901. ARTS HABITAT presents Arts in Progress. Jose Ortiz is the founder and director of Hijos del Sol Arts Collective.
Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 PM:
Claudia Melendez & Julie Reynolds: “Justice for Communities of Color” National Steinbeck Center. Each “Script for Situation Video” in Claudia Rankine’s text covers national events. Journalists Julie Reynolds and Claudia Melendez Salinas will discuss their work as reporters covering the ethnically diverse Monterey County and what constitutes justice for communities of color. Julie Reynolds is the author of Blood in the Fields and a journalist at the Monterey Herald. Claudia Melendez Salinas is the author of A Fighting Chance and a journalist at the Monterey Herald.
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 PM:
Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline Haskell “Combined Destinies” National Steinbeck Center. Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell will discuss their book Combined Destinies, which “encourages self-examination and compassion to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created.” Ann Todd Jealous is a life member of the NAACP, a founding member of the Monterey Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute, and a board member of The Village Project, Inc. in Seaside. Caroline T. Haskell, LCSW, BCD is the Founding Director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center and currently oversees all of Health and Wellness Services at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 PM:
Susan Shillinglaw: “Banned Books: The National Steinbeck Center. Dr. Shillinglaw is the Director of the National Steinbeck Center and has written extensively on John Steinbeck. Wednesday October 4, 5:30: Local leaders panel discussion, participants TBA, National Steinbeck Center. Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men—language, situation, identity”
Wednesday October 11, 5:30 PM:
Sriya Srestha “Policing the Image: Race, Gender, and Representation,” National Steinbeck Center. In Citizen, Claudia Rankine writes “Because White men can’t police their imaginations, Black men are dying.” Sriya Srestha will look at the role of media representation and popular images in constructing and propagating dehumanizing stereotypes of people of color. Dr. Shrestha teaches courses on American history and culture at CSU Monterey Bay, with a focus on race formation, gender, and globalization.
Monday, August 28, 6 PM:
Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901. In Lifeboat Lifeboat (1944), survivors of a ship torpedoed during WWII face challenges of cooperation and survival. Introduction by Susan Shillinglaw, Director of the National Steinbeck Center.
Sunday, September 3, 2 PM
. Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas, CA 93905. Zootopia Zootopia (2016) follows Judy Hopps as she becomes the first rabbit to join the police force of a fictionalized city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals.
Monday September 4, 6 PM
Maya Cinemas. Lady Sings the Blues Lady Sings the Blues (1972) tells the story of legendary Jazz singer Billie Holiday. Introduction by Kendra Cabrera, Professor of Ethnic Studies and Social Science at Monterey Peninsula College.
Friday, September 8, 1 PM
King City Library, 402 Broadway, King City, CA 93930. To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) focuses on a white lawyer defending a young black man accused of rape, while navigating his children through the issues of prejudice and growing up.
Sunday, September 10, 2 PM
Cesar Chavez Library. Hidden Figures Hidden Figures (2016) dramatizes the contributions of three black women to the NASA space program–Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Each helped, to the launch astrounaut John Glenn into orbit.
Monday, September 11, 6PM
Maya Cinemas. A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun (1961) follows a poor family living in Chicago’s East Side. Introduction by Walter Ryce, Arts and Cultural Writer for the Monterey County Weekly.
Friday, September 15, 1PM,
King City Library. Crash Crash follows a group of strangers in Los Angeles brought together by a car accident. The film is a provocative and unflinching look at racial tolerance in contemporary America.
Saturday, September 16, 2 PM
(Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St, Monterey, CA 93940). Fences Fences (2016) is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a black garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh named Troy Maxson.
Sunday, September 17, 2 PM
Cesar Chavez Library. This film tells the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, a tale of miscegenation known to generations of schoolchildren. Pocahontas
Monday, September 18, 6 PM
Maya Cinemas. In the Heat of the Night In the Heat of the Night (1967) focuses on a black homicide detective who gets caught up in the racial tension of a Southern town while investigating the murder of a white businessman. Introduction by Luis Camara, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Friday, September 22, 1PM
King City Library. A Better Life A Better Life (2011) follows a father and son as they embark on a physical and spiritual journey where they discover that family is the most important part of the American Dream.
Sunday, September 24
th, 2 PM (Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas, CA 93905). Remember the Titans Remember the Titans (2000) focuses on an all-white high school football team that is forced integrate with an all black school.
Monday, September 25
th, 6 PM (Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901). To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) focuses on a white lawyer defending a young black man accused of rape, while navigating his children through the issues of prejudice and growing up. Introduction by Yhashika Lee, Lecturer in Cinema Arts and Photography at CSUMB.
Friday, September 29
th, 1PM (King City Library, 402 Broadway, King City, CA 93930). Fruitvale Station shows the last day of Oscar Grant’s life, focusing on the events leading up to his death at the hands of BART police officers. Fruitvale Station
Monday, October 2, 6PM
The (Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901). Jackie Robinson Story The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) traces the life and career of Jackie Robinson. Introduction by Mel Mason, Co-Founder, Executive Director and Clinical Director of The Village Project.
Friday, October 6, 1PM
King City Library. Stand and Deliver Stand and Deliver (1987) follows a math teacher in East Los Angeles who refuses to write off his students as losers.
Monday October 9, 6PM
(Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901). Fruitvale Station Fruitvale Station (2013) follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, showing events leading up to his death at the Fruitvale district station at the hands of BART police officers. Introduction by Steven Goings, NAACP and National Coalition Building Institute at CSUMB. Post film discussion with Salinas police and community leaders.
Friday, October 13, 1PM
King City Library. The Perfect Game The Perfect Game (2009) focuses on Cesar’s life after his major league career is cut short and he returns to his native Monterey, Mexico where he is recruited by a group of kids to coach their rag-tag team.
Monday October 16, 6 PM
(Maya Cinemas). Do the Right Thing Do the Right Thing (1989) is a story of bigotry boiling over into violence on the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Introduction by Christine Hong, Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
DRAMA, ART, MUSIC
Sunday, August 27, 10AM-2PM:
Rancho Cielo’s Family Fun Day. 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA. The National Steinbeck Center will be at Rancho Cielo’s Family Fun Day giving away copies of Citizen, pencils, stickers and leading children through an art activity.
Thursday September 7, 6-7PM:
Yoga and Meditation with Leslie Price, Seaside Public Library, 550 Harcourt Avenue, Seaside. In Citizen, Claudia Rankine discusses the dangers of what repeated exposure to “stresses stemming from racism” can do to the body. Join us for a FREE yoga and meditation workshop with Dr. Leslie Price. Leslie Price is a Professor of Psychology at MPC and Hartnell College, and trained as a Mentor in Meditation and Mindfulness by HeartMath, and a Peace Ambassador by The Shift Network.
Friday, September 8, 5:30-7:30 PM: Big Read
Kick Off, Poetry Slam, National Steinbeck Center. Calling all poets! Join us as we kick off the NEA Big Read around Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric with a poetry slam with cash prizes ($100 for first place, $75 for second, $50 for third) ! Community partners will be on hand to talk about their Big Read programs. Food and Music!
TO ENTER THE COMPETITION (DEADLINE: SEPT. 5): Compose a poem in response to one (or more) of these three lines from Citizen. Your poem does not need to be directly linked to Citizen and does not even have to directly quote the line. Simply respond to or expand upon the ideas they put forth.
“Perhaps the most insidious and least understood form of segregation is that of the word.” (122).
“The state of emergency is also always a state of emergence” (126).
“The worst injury is feeling you dont belong so much/ to you” (146).
Please submit all entries to email@example.com by Tuesday, September 5th. Include your full name, school (if applicable), and phone number. All participants will read their poem (or alternatively select another person to read their poem) to a panel of judges on September 8th. Winners will be chosen shortly after the readings. All of the entries will be complied into a booklet for the event.
Saturday, September 9, 10AM-4PM:
First Annual Salinas Book Fair, Cesar Chavez Library. The National will raffle copies of Citizen, pencils, stickers. Children’s art activities.
Saturday, September 16, 10-11AM:
Yoga and Meditation with Leslie Price, Marina Public Library.
Saturday, September 16 , All day:
El Grito Festival, Alisal Street, Salinas. Join us for the annual celebration of Mexican Independence on Salinas’ Alisal Street. The National Steinbeck Center will be on hand raffling Citizen. Prizes and children’s art projects as well.
Saturday September 30
th, 10-5 PM: Monterey County Open Artists’ Tour National Steinbeck Center. Included in the display are works by Hijos del Sol Arts Collective inspired by Citizen: An American Lyric.
Saturday, September 30, TIME???
Western Stage Performance, “Of Thee I Sing” National Steinbeck Center. Actors from The Western Stage and Hartnell College present a dramatization of passages read from Citizen.
Sunday, October 1, 10-5:
Monterey County Open Artists Tour, National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street Salinas, CA 93901. Join us as we display the works by Hijos del Sol Arts Collective inspired by Citizen: An American Lyric.
Thursday, October 5, 6-7 PM.
Yoga and Meditation with Leslie Price, Salinas Public Library.
Saturday, October 14, 10-11 AM
Yoga and Meditation with Leslie Price, King City Public Library.
Sunday, October 15, 10 AM-2 PM
Ciclovia, Alisal Street, Salinas, CA. Alisal Street becomes walkway full of activities. The National Steinbeck Center will raffle Citizen, read passages, give prizes and lead children through an art activity.
Wednesday, October 18: Big Read closing. 4:30-6: Panel discussion of issues raised in
Citizen, Community leaders, TBA. 6-8 PM: Readers’ Theatre Night, National Steinbeck Center. Michael Roddy unveils an original play inspired by Citizen: An American lyric featuring local actors. Michael Roddy is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Salinas Union High School District. Flyers