Moore Will Receive the Steinbeck Award “In the Souls of the People”
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SAN JOSE, Calif., — Academy Award winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore has been named a recipient of the Steinbeck Award “In the Souls of the People” by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
Thomas Steinbeck, noted author and son of John Steinbeck, praised Michael Moore as a great selection for the award and a courageous man. “My father would have loved Michael Moore,” Thomas Steinbeck said. “My father was the Michael Moore of his time.”
Moore will formally receive the award at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14, in SJSU’s Morris Dailey Auditorium, where he will appear in conversation with Metro Silicon Valley Executive Editor Dan Pulcrano.
The event is a benefit for the Steinbeck Center. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for students through Ticketmaster and the SJSU Event Center box office. The talk will be hosted by the SJSU Student Union and Thomas Steinbeck.
“The Grapes of Wrath” is the source of the phrase “In the souls of the people.” Past Steinbeck Award honorees include Bruce Springsteen, Studs Terkel, Sean Penn and Garrison Keillor.
The award goes to writers and artists whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.
Moore’s films include “Capitalism: A Love Story,” “Roger & Me,” “Sicko,” “Farenheit 9/11,” and “Bowling for Columbine.” His books, “Stupid White Men” and” Downsize This!,” are bestsellers.
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San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 27,400 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.