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Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium - September 16-18, 2011  -  West Long Branch, New Jersey
General Information

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 and then again in September 2009, "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium" drew hundreds of 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 many countries. Many conferees attended both symposiums. Over the course of the two symposiums, participants have been treated to hundreds of diverse paper presentations and keynote talks by Dave Marsh, Bob Santelli, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Jim Musselman, Barbara Hall, Thom Zimny, Lauren Onkey, Jen Chapin, Bobby Muller and many others. The symposiums have attracted major national and international press coverage through The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Business News, the BBC, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. On a lighter note, Parade Magazine selected the symposium as "The College Weekend of 2005."

Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Penn State Altoona and Monmouth University, is excited to offer this third installment of "Glory Days." We hope to see both old and new faces this September 16-18 for what is sure to be another outstanding education gathering.

The symposium will take place on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The conference will begin the morning of September 16 and conclude the afternoon of September 18. 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!

Louis Masur
Kenan Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

Continuing & Professional Education @ Virginia Tech

Photo credits: A. M Saddler