Since 2007, faculty members at San Jose State University and Stanford University, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has hosted four summer seminars for teachers entitled "John Steinbeck, Voice of America, Voice of a Region." Over the years, participants in these seminars have explored "Steinbeck Country" - the Northern California locales that inspired the famous writer - and penned lesson plans for use in middle and high school classrooms. In 2016, the Institute was renamed "John Steinbeck: Social Critic and Ecologist" to reflect the seminar's new focus on examining how Steinbeck the ecologist influenced Steinbeck the writer. On this website, readers can view over fifty lesson plans composed by previous seminar participants (organized by text and theme). Visitors can also examine photographs of "Steinbeck Country" taken by past participants in the Image Gallery. Instructors and Steinbeck fans alike will want to check out the About Steinbeck page, which features several essays and a slide show by San Jose State University English professor and Steinbeck expert, Susan Shillinglow.