About the Event
Bruce Springsteen has produced a considerable body of original work that has impacted the direction of popular music and American culture. His influence extends from the stage into the classroom, and his works have turned up in the syllabi of courses across the United States and around the world.
In September 2005, "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium" drew 330 educators, journalists, historians, musicologists, and fans interested in scholarship regarding Bruce Springsteen and his influence on American culture. Participants came from all over the United States and eight countries around the world. Over 100 papers were presented and participants were also treated to presentations by Dave Marsh, Bobby Muller, Joe Grushecky, Bill Ayres, Barbara Hall, Frank Stefanko, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Thom Zimny and others. The symposium received national and international press coverage through The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the BBC, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. On a lighter note, Parade Magazine selected the symposium as "The College Weekend of 2005."
Since the 2005 Symposium, there has been consistent interest and requests for a follow-up conference. After four years, which has included Bruce’s work with The Seeger Sessions Band, Magic, and now Working on a Dream, the time is ripe for another educational gathering.
The symposium will take place on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University and at the Sheraton Eatontown Center. The conference will begin the morning of September 25 at the Sheraton. Afternoon sessions on September 25 and sessions on September 26 and 27 will take place at Monmouth. For additional details, please see the Agenda/Events section.
Who Should Attend
If you are an educator, journalist, historian, musicologist, cultural anthropologist, sociologist, or political scientist, or if you are a fan with an interest in the scholarship regarding Bruce Springsteen, this conference is for you.
The Springsteen Symposium in 2005 literally changed my creative life. It made me realize that I was far from alone in teaching and studying Springsteen. It brought together a community of people who have stayed in touch since. And the paper I presented has now developed into a book on Springsteen and American culture. I would travel across the country to attend another gathering. Fortunately, I live in New Jersey!