Rex Founders, Friends and Family to Speak at So Many Roads Conference


On Saturday, November 8, Rex co-founder and Board Member Carolyn Garcia, Executive Director Cameron Sears, and Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director of The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program, will take part in a roundtable discussion of “‘The More That You Give’: Philanthropy, Philosophy, and the Rex Foundation.” Chaired by Rex Advisory Board member John Leopold, the panel will explore the roots, history and evolution of the Grateful Dead’s charitable legacy. The presentation starts at 2:45 p.m. in the San Jose State Student Union.

Rex Board Member Roger McNamee will be a plenary speaker. Also on the schedule: Rex Board Member Trixie Garcia participates in a panel on “Resurrecting Jerry Garcia for the Digital Age.”  In addition, “Drumming With the Dead: Bill Kreutzmann on Reminiscing, Writing, and Rhythm” features Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Benjy Eisen.

A photography panel features Rosie McGee and Susana Millman, and another spotlights Jay Blakesberg, Bob Minkin and Ed Perlstein; other friends and family on the roster so far include David Gans, Blair Jackson, and Stanley Mouse.

event posterSo Many Roads – the World In the Grateful Dead, is an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the diverse roles the iconic American band has played in arts and culture since their formation nearly 50 years ago.

Scheduled for Nov. 5-8, 2014 in San Jose State University’s Student Union, the conference is sponsored by San Jose State University in partnership with the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Rhino Records, Grateful Dead Productions, and Ice Nine Publishing. So far, 50 speakers including an international roster of academics, band family members and associates, journalists, artists, musicians, and authors of books about various aspects of the Dead phenomenon. Panels will explore the band’s influence in such diverse areas as politics, business, journalism, religious studies, and even gourmet cooking.

For event registration and more information, visit the conference website.