“Sweet Thursday” is how John Steinbeck described the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday, and is now the newest series at the National Steinbeck Center. On select Thursdays, the National Steinbeck Center hosts lectures, performances, talks, book signings and more!
Thursday, February 2, 5:30 PM
Steinbeck and Empathy
NSC Director Susan Shillinglaw will discuss “Steinbeck and Empathy,” considering five key words for Steinbeck, all of which continue to resonate today: “participation,” “understanding,” “empathy,” “critique,” “chivalry.”
Thursday, February 9, 5:30 PM
Salinas high school students and others (public welcome) will read 5-minute stories in the National Steinbeck Center’s first “Story Slam.” Salinas Union High School District Performing Arts Coordinator Michael Roddy explains: “A Story Slam is more than a storytelling competition. It’s an invitation to share five minutes of your life in a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Audience storytellers take to the stage with real life stories on the theme of the night. Winners get prizes. Got five minutes? Come and lend an ear, or share an experience. Storytelling is a platform for students to share the compelling personal stories they must tell now.” Open to everyone!
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 PM