Grateful Dead fans and scholars far and wide will come together for “So Many Roads – the World In the Grateful Dead,” an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the diverse roles that the band has played in arts and culture over the past 50 years. The event, which is set to take place November 5-8 at San Jose State University Student Union, is sponsored by SJSU, the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Rhino Records, Grateful Dead Productions, and the Grateful Dead’s Ice Nine Publishing.

According to, 50 speakers from a variety of fields have signed on to share their thoughts and work at the conference. The roster includes a number of academics, band family members and associates, artists, journalists, musicians, writers and more, who will speak at panels that explore the Grateful Dead’s influence on politics, business, religious studies, cooking and more.

In addition the panels and speakers, the So Many Roads conference will also include a celebration of San Francisco poster art. That event will take place on on Friday, November 7 and will feature famed artists like Stanley Mouse, David Singer and Chris Shaw, as well a large exhibit of Grateful Dead posters.

More speakers will be added to the conference in the coming weeks. Specific details on So Many Roads, including a conference schedule, will also be released in the future. Those that are interested in attending the eventcan register here.