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 hundreds of educators, journalists, historians, musicologists and fans interested in scholarship regarding Bruce Springsteen and his influence on American culture. With consistent interest in a follow-up conference, September 2009 brought the second installment of the symposium. Participants for both symposiums came from all over the United States and many countries around the world. Hundreds of academic papers have been presented and participants have been treated to keynote addresses by Dave Marsh, Bob Santelli, Bobby Muller, Joe Grushecky, Bill Ayres, Barbara Hall, Frank Stefanko, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Thom Zimny and others. The symposiums have received national and international press coverage through The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the BBC, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Now on September 14-16, 2012, the University of Southern Indiana, Monmouth University and Penn State University Altoona will present the third Glory Days event. With a new album being released this March, with the passing of Clarence Clemons, and with the continued vibrancy of Bruce Springsteen’s catalog of work and impact on our culture, we feel 2012 is a good time to bring this ever-growing group of scholars and fans interested in this scholarship back together.
The symposium will take place on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University. The main conference will begin the morning of September 14 and conclude the evening of September 16. There will be pre-conference sessions and tours on Thursday, September 13, and evening musical performances at both Monmouth University and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
For additional details, please see Agenda & Events section
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.