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Glory Days Symposium 2

Agenda & Events

 

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Please check out the most up-to-date Glory Days Symposium agenda to see what is planned for this great three-day event!  Please note there will be slight changes and additions to the agenda and we will update the agenda as that happens.  Head over to the registration page to sign up for the symposium!

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Thursday, Sept 13

Friday, Sept 14

Saturday, Sept 15

Sunday, Sept 16

Monday, Sept 17

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration for Pre-Conference Tour and Symposium, Pollak Theatre Lobby

12 – 5 p.m. Tour of Asbury Park/Freehold/Belmar, led by Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle - Tour begins and leaves from Monmouth University, location TBD.

This walking tour will feature many historical stops in Springsteen lore from his boyhood home to many of the musical clubs in Asbury Park where Bruce and others helped to generate the Asbury Park sound.

6 – 7 p.m. Registration for Symposium and On-Site Ticket Sales for Pre-Conference Concert, Wilson Hall

7 – 9 p.m. Just Around The Corner Film Screening and Q&A with Joe Amodei, President, Virgil Films, Bob Benjamin and Joe D’Urso, Wilson Hall Auditorium

JUST AROUND THE CORNER tells the story of Bob Benjamin and his fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Bob and a few others started the Light of Day Foundation. The screening will focus not only on Light of Day but Bruce’s message of giving back that is a part of all of his shows. This is the ultimate giving back movie as all of the proceeds go directly to the LOD Foundation.

9 p.m. Pre-Conference Concert with Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla, Wilson Hall Pompeii Room

Come listen to wonderful music from Joe D’Urso and Joe Rapolla. This event is sure to get participants ready for a wonderful symposium!


Friday, September 14, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Conference Registration, Pollak Theatre Lobby

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Conference Opening Remarks, Pollak Theatre

8:45 – 10:45 a.m. The Catholic Spirituality of Bruce Springsteen - A Rock & Roll Reflection, Fr. Kevin Keelen, Pollak Theatre

With a concentration on the albums, The Rising & The Ghost of Tom Joad, and many other songs, Fr. Keelen offers this two hour lecture on the distinctly Catholic themes and spirituality behind much of Bruce Springsteen’s music. The lecture focuses primarily on Catholic Social Teaching and the Paschal Mystery-life, death and resurrection, with much reflection stemming from 9-11.

10:45 – 11 a.m. Break

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions, Bey Hall

1. Springsteen and Storytelling: (Bey Hall, Room 222)

Panel Title: "Sitting Round Here Trying To Write This Book: Bruce Springsteen and Literary Inspiration"
Moderator: April Lindner, Professor, English Department, St. Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania

What's Happened to the Seeds I've Sown: Springsteen as Literary Influence, April Lindner, Professor, English Department, St. Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania

The Triggering Tune: Springsteen Songs as "Places" of Inspiration, Ann E. Michael, Writing Coordinator, DeSales University, Pennsylvania

"The Long Walk Home": Soldiers, Civilians, and the Costs of Citizenship, Jane Satterfield, Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland

Raw to the Bone: Transported Toward Truth and Memory by Springsteen’s River Songs, Beth Kephart, Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

"Ain't Ever Gonna Ride In No Used Car Again": Fathers, Sons, and Uncertain Victories, Ned Balbo, Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Loyola University Maryland

2. Springsteen and Politics/Activism: (Bey Hall, Room 223)

Moderator: Kevin Dooley, Dean of the Honors School and Assistant Professor of Political Science, Monmouth University

Bruce Springsteen and Chris Christie: Exploring the Similarities Between Two Dissimilar Men, Richard A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Journalism, St. Bonaventure University, New York

The GOP Secret Love Affair with Bruce, Ryan J. Peene, Associate, MBI GluckShaw Public Affairs, New Jersey

Rock's Greatest Year: Springsteen, Mellencamp, Geldof in the Summer of 1985, John Duffy, Writer & Graduate Student, Millersville University, Pennsylvania

3. Springsteen and Community/Philanthropy (Bey Hall, Room 225)

Moderator: David Wilson, Reporter-At-Large, Bloomberg News, New Jersey

Giving His Heart More Room: Bruce Springsteen’s Private Foundations, David Wilson, Reporter-At-Large, Bloomberg News, New Jersey

A Reason to Believe the Greatest Fans in the World Take Care of Their Own, Donna Maria Gray, Editor, Founder, Bruce Funds, New Jersey

Be Connected to Others like Bruce Springsteen is Connected to The E Street Band, Caleb Shulman, Trainer, Blue Sky Associates of Upstate New York

4. Springsteen and Community: (Bey Hall, Room 226)

Moderator: Jerry Zolten, Associate Professor of Communications Arts & Sciences and American Studies, Penn State Altoona

Gospel Influences in the Music and Performances of Bruce Springsteen, Marianne Murawski, Chair, College of Humanities, University of Phoenix, Philadelphia Campus, Pennsylvania

"@AshleyLaur: OMG I GOT AMAZING SEATS!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!!!!! Bruce Springsteen, here we come!!!!": #Springsteen, Concert Tweets, and the Evolution of Freedom, Bill Wolff, Assistant Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University, Delaware

Springsteen and Stardust: The Death and Life of Memory, Mordechai Simon, Writer, California

Meet Me: Springsteen and Companionship, Stevan Weine, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

5. Springsteen and Critical Theory: (Bey Hall, Room 227)

Moderator: K.L. Poe, Professor of English, McHenry County College, Illinois

"Jack of All Trades": Springsteen As Retro-Postmodern Artist, Elizabeth Seymour, Instructor in Anthropology, Communications, History & Women’s Studies, Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania

Hard Times: Springsteen and the Dickensian Voice, Alan Rauch, Professor of English, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina

Springsteen at the Rock Hall: A Critique of Agency and Constructivism, Brian McAlonie, Vice President, Museum Services/Thinking Outside The Square, New York

Canon and Archive: Bruce Springsteen and Cultural Memory, K.L. Poe, Professor of English, McHenry County College, Illinois

6. Springsteen and Rhetoric: (Bey Hall, Room 228)

Panel Title: A Life-Long Conversation: Springsteen's Rhetorical Moves

Moderator and Presenter: Scott Wagar, Ph.D. Candidate, Miami University, Ohio

"They Don’t Just See Some Person with a Guitar": Springsteen and Rhetorical Identification, Scott Wagar, Ph.D. Candidate, Miami University, Ohio

Remixing (by) the BossCaroline Dadas, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, New Jersey

Springsteen's Rhetorical SublimeKate Ronald, Professor, Miami University, Ohio Jessica Restaino, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, New Jersey

7. Springsteen, Pedagogy and Academic Scholarship: (Bey Hall, Room 229)

Moderator: Denise Green, E-Resources Librarian, Millikin University, Illinois

Born To Research: Strengths and Weaknesses of Scholarly Studies on Bruce Springsteen, Denise Green, E-Resources Librarian, Millikin University, Illinois

Bruce Springsteen University: A Mission Statement and Curriculum, Ben Railton, Associate Professor of English Studies/Coordinator of American Studies, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts

A Springsteen Seminar: Highlights of a College Classroom, Steven Fein, Professor of Psychology, Williams College, Massachusetts

8. Springsteen and Sense of Place (Bey Hall, Room 230)

Moderator: Nancy Weiner, Reference Librarian, William Paterson University of New Jersey

Foundations of Rock n’ Roll in Asbury Park: The Upstage Club, David Dulo, Monmouth University Graduate, New Jersey

"Everything That Dies Some Day Comes Back": Walking Bruce's Shoreline, Bess Matassa, Urban Cultural Geographer, The George Washington University, and Moira Williams, Social Practice Artist, SUNY Stony Brook, New York

The Triggering Town in Bruce Springsteen’s Work, Dave Seter, Environmental Engineer, California

Crossing State Lines, Nancy Weiner, Reference Librarian, William Paterson University of New Jersey

12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch, Anacon Hall

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions, Bey Hall

1. Springsteen and Wrecking Ball: (Bey Hall, Room 222)

Moderator: Stanton Green, Dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University, New Jersey

Bruce as Fisher King: Wrecking Ball and The Waste Land, Mark Bourdeau, Professor of English, Suffolk County Community College, New York

"This Depression": The 2008 Financial Crisis and the Betrayal of America in Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball, Jonathan Cohen, Student, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

The Collective Power of Springsteen's Wrecking Ball: Smashing the Communal into the Personal, Michael Bossone, Co-Creator, Law Without Walls, Arizona

"I Was Raised Out of Steel Here in the Swamps of Jersey”: The Ironic Monologue in Nebraska and Wrecking Ball", Frank P. Fury, Lecturer, Monmouth University, New Jersey

2. Springsteen and American Roots Traditions: (Bey Hall, Room 223)

Moderator: Marina Vujnovic, Assistant Professor, Public Relations/Journalism, Monmouth University, New Jersey

"You Take the Old, You Make It New": Musical and Lyrical Repurposing in Bruce Springsteen’s Songs, Susan Hamburger, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian, Penn State University, Pennsylvania

"Two Fine Legs Behind": Bruce Springsteen and the Irish Tradition, June Skinner Sawyers, Writer, Editor and Teacher, Newberry Library, Illinois

"Play That Song with the Funky Break": Bruce Springsteen and Hip Hop, Robert LeBlanc, Lecturer of English, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Darkness on the Edge of Town: Bruce Springsteen’s Original (and Finest) Work of Dissent, Paul Verrette, Independent Scholar, Harvard University Extension School, New Hampshire

3. Springsteen as Narrative Poet: (Bey Hall, Room 225)

Moderator: Michael Waters, Professor of English, Monmouth University, New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen’s Novelistic Vision, Michael Kobre, Professor of English/MFA Co-Director, Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina

"The Generosity That is at the Heart of the American Spirit": Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Jefferson, and the Idea of American Nationhood, Scott McMillan, Associate Professor of English, History, and Political Science, Volunteer State Community College, Tennessee

The Canonization of Bruce Springsteen, Irwin Streight, Associate Professor, Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario

4. Springsteen and Storytelling: (Bey Hall, Room 226)

Moderator: Patrick Lynch, English Chair, Marymount High School/Loyola Marymount University, California

"We Take Care of Our Own": Shifting Pronouns and Springsteen’s Move to Folk Troubadour, Eric Garneau, Freelance Writer, Illinois

Springsteen, Fitzgerald and the Ghosts of Jersey Shore, Charles Brad Berry, Corporate Customer Service, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

Springsteen, Warts and All, John Massaro, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor (Retired), Maine

When the Promise Was Broken: Short Plays Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Steve Feffer, Associate Professor/Coordinator Creative Writing, Western Michigan University

5. Springsteen and Gender, Race and Diversity: (Bey Hall, Room 227)

Moderator: TBD

"Sing It ‘Til You’re Done:" The Change of Masculinity in Bruce Springsteen’s Lyrics, Hunter Gibson, Student, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

American Skins: The Problems, and Promise, of Talking About Race Today, Steven Fein, Professor of Psychology, Williams College, Massachusetts

One Step Up, Two Steps Back: Feminist Scholars Interpreting and Mis-Interpreting Springsteen, Denise Green, E-Resources Librarian, Millikin University, Illinois

Bruce Springsteen “Crossing Over” America’s Rocky Ground: Race, Music, Politics and Culture, Amy Winston, Sustainable Communities Program Specialist, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine

6. Springsteen as Narrative Poet: (Bey Hall, Room 228)

Moderator: TBD

"I Ain’t Got Nothing to Say": The Eloquence of the Inarticulate in Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Minimalist’ Lyrics, Mark Burns, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Utah

Dream as Lie, Dream Deferred, Dream Denied: Bruce Springsteen, Langston Hughes, and the Problems of Representing the American Underclass, Daniel Donaghy, Associate Professor of English, Eastern Connecticut State University Kingdom of Sun:

The Role of the Speaker in Springsteen’s Narrative-Lyric Poetry, Laura McCullough, Associate Professor, Brookdale Community College, New Jersey

“If My Voice, Now You Don’t Recognize”: A Linguistic Analysis of Bruce Springsteen”, Craig Ismaili, Student, The College of New Jersey

7. Springsteen and Relevance: (Bey Hall, Room 229)

Moderator: TBD

Small but Mighty: Bruce Springsteen’s Use of the Glockenspiel, Erica Bernstein, Finance Director, North Carolina Democratic Senate Caucus

What is it Exactly that Makes Springsteen a Cut Above the Rest?, Jin Thindal, Educator, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

The Lost Classic of 1992, Patrick Ganz, English Teacher, Portsmouth High School, New Hampshire

3:15 – 4 p.m. Break with Refreshments, Bey Hall and Pollak Theatre Lobby

4 pm – 5:30 p.m. Musical Memories Film Screening, Pollak Theatre

Enjoy a screening of the film Asbury Park Musical Memories which documents the musical history of the city from the 1930’s through the 1970’s in the words of those who lived it. Included in this rare footage are interviews with Asbury Park musical icons Billy Brown, Bobby Thomas, The Orioles, Bobby Bandiera, Nicky Addeo, Vini Lopez and Willie Mitchell. A recent screening of the film at the Asbury Park Film Festival was met with enthusiastic reviews from the packed house.

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dinner, Erlanger Gardens, Monmouth University

7 - 8 p.m. Travel to The Stone Pony

8 p.m. Stone Pony Night #1 with the Sensational Soul Cruisers featuring J.T. Bowen, The Nick Clemons Band and Jobonanno and The Godsons of Soul!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Conference Registration, Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre Lobby

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Telling the Bruce Springsteen Story. . . In a Museum!, Jim Henke, Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Pollak Theatre

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Jim Henke will tell how he put together the exhibit From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen. The exhibit was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from spring of 2009 to the spring of 2011. It then went to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

9:45 – 11:15 am Breakout Sessions, Monmouth University

1. Springsteen from Various Angles: (Bey Hall, Room 222)

Moderator: TBD

"Shut[ting] Out The Light": War, Returning to Home, and Springsteen’s New War Song Genre, Jason Faulkner, Faculty Member, East Carolina University, North Carolina

My Pony Boy: An Examination of Preteen and Teenage Springsteen Fans, Theresa Deckebach, Reading Specialist, Wissahickon School District, Pennsylvania

From Born to Run to Born this Way: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen, Justin Cary, Instructor, English and Literature, Queens University of Charlotte and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina

2. Springsteen and Mortality, Absence & Loss: (Bey Hall, Room 223)

Moderator: Ralph Petti, Managing Director, Continuity First, LLC, New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen and Transformative Grief: The Courage to Carry On, Cathy Cerutti, Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen and the Hope That He Gives to Those Who are Suffering from Disasters, Ralph Petti, Managing Director, Continuity First, LLC, New Jersey

Is There Anybody Alive (or Dead) Out There? The Union of Death, Loss, and Life in the Music of Bruce Springsteen, Matthew Truesdale, American Literature Teacher, Wren High School, South Carolina

Psychological Theories of Grieving, Italian American Culture, and Springsteen’s Work, Lorraine Mangione, Professor, Antioch University New England, New Hampshire

3. Springsteen and Wrecking Ball: (Bey Hall, Room 225)

Moderator: Marianne Murawski, Chair, College of Humanities, University of Phoenix Philadelphia Campus, Pennsylvania

Magic and Wrecking Ball: Bruce Springsteen’s "American Jeremiad", Lincoln Konkle, Professor of English, The College of New Jersey

"Just as Sure as the Hand of God: The Christological Vision of "Wrecking Ball", Jim Cullen, History Teacher, The Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York

Wrecking Ball: The Winding Path Through The Difficult Journeys of Life, Marianne Murawski, Chair, College of Humanities, University of Phoenix Philadelphia Campus, Pennsylvania

From "Nebraska" to "Land of Hope and Dreams": The Journey of the Themes of Nebraska and Wrecking Ball, Michael Ewing, English Teacher, Warren Harding High School, Connecticut

4. Springsteen and Work and Class: (Bey Hall 226)

Moderator: TBD

"For What 'They' Did": Blame, Working Class America, and the Evolution of Bruce Springsteen’s Early Political Vision, Jonathan Cohen, Student, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

The Frontman as CEO: Bruce Springsteen as Business Leader, Nancy Bishop, Writer/Marketing Consultant, Illinois and June Skinner Sawyers, Writer, Illinois

“The Boss” Contemplates the Real Boss: Alienation of Labor in the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, David Papke, Professor, Marquette University Law School, Wisconsin

This Turnpike Sure is Spooky at Night When You’re All Alone: Springsteen, Fear, and the American Dream, Jason Stonerook, Graduate Student, University of Maryland

5. Springsteen and Psychology: (Bey Hall, Room 227)

Moderator: TBD

Crying and Dancing: An Exploration into the Ongoing Dialectic Between Melancholy and Euphoria in the Musical Narrative of Bruce Springsteen, John Corbisiero, Consulting Psychologist, Fordham University, New Jersey

A View Beneath the Mask: Springsteen’s Personal Stories as a Glimpse of His Subjectivity, Daniel Mahoney, Associate Professor, Counseling Program, Felician College, New Jersey

Drivin’ Out of Shame With Springsteen: The Roadmap, Charlene Portnoy, Psychotherapist, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bruce Springsteen As Therapy, The Healing Power of Metaphor, Anthony Henley, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Washington, DC

6. Springsteen and Pedagogy: (Bey Hall, Room 228)

Moderator: TBD

Springsteen and Crime, Criminals, Convicts, and the Curriculum, Roger Shutack, Associate Professor of History and Education, Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey

Springsteen’s Characters as Case Studies: Teaching Psycho-Social Theory, James Kelly, Professor of Social Work, Carlow University, Pennsylvania

What Makes Springsteen a Great Teaching Tool?, Jin Thindal, Educator, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

The Promise of Revision: How the Boss Makes My Job Easier, Cliffton Price, Adjunct Instructor of Writing, Fairfield University, Connecticut

7. Springsteen and Religion/Spirituality: (Bey Hall, Room 229)

Moderator: TBD

Prophets and Apocalypse: The Theology of Wrecking Ball, Michael Riley, Columnist/Editorial Writer, Asbury Park Press, New Jersey

Psychology, Empathy, and Spiritual Community, Gerry Hudson-Martin, Director, Corporate Learning Strategies, Business Architects, Maryland

There’s a New World Coming: Eschatology of Wrecking Ball, Spencer Allen, Adjunct Lecturer, John Brown University, Arkansas

Bruce Springsteen and the Disciples of the American Dream, Thomas Wilkie, Honors Student , Daemen College, New York

8. Springsteen, Radio, Film & Video: (Bey Hall, Room 230)

Moderator: Susan Hamburger, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian, Penn State University

Radio Somewhere: The Radio Prophets Who Played Springsteen Before Everyone Else, David Bernstein, Senior Study Director, Westat, Maryland, and Linda Abel Randall, Instructor/Mentor, Empire State College, New York

Bruce & Commercial Radio: A Love Affair, Aaron Furgason, Associate Professor of Communication, Monmouth University, New Jersey

E Street Radio: The Digital Map That Leads Us Home, Brad Yates, Professor of Mass Communications, University of West Georgia

Populist Noir: Dreams, Lies and the “Wonderful Life”, Michael Kaufmann, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Michele DeVinney, Lecturer, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana

9. Springsteen and Transcendance/Performance: (Bey Hall, Room 231)

Moderator: Erin Kalbarczyk, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, University of North Carolina 

Bruce and Liminal Space in Words and Performance, Patrick Lynch, English Chair, Marymount High School/Loyola Marymount University, California

Set Us Loose From Everything: Boots as the Healing Floor for Fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Erin Kalbarczyk, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Rocking Out and Reaching Out: Why Darkness, The Rising, and Wrecking Ball are Anchoring the 2012 Tour, Mark Bourdeau, Professor of English, Suffolk County Community College, New York

From The Agora to The Apollo: 38 Years in Two Hours, Mark Bourdeau, Professor of English, Suffolk County Community College, New York

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Before He Was The Boss, Ed Gallucci and Peter Knobler, Pollak Theatre

Peter Knobler and Ed Gallucci were present the moment before Bruce Springsteen became a legend, when the life he was writing about was his own, when he was so in touch with his own muse that they heard it talking to him. Before He Was the Boss is a portrait of Bruce when he was a kid with a gift he didn’t even want to think about. Ed Gallucci shot Bruce in December 1972, before Springsteen's first album came out, during rehearsals in an unheated garage in Long Branch, NJ and at Bruce's home in Bradley Beach. He has pictures of Bruce’s girlfriend, the real Rosalita. Peter Knobler, Crawdaddy magazine's editor-in-chief, wrote Bruce’s first interview and profile. Except for the few that accompanied Knobler’s original 1973 article, none of Gallucci’s treasure trove of photographs have ever been seen. Gallucci has the first photos of the E Street Band together – before the band had a name! – plus individual portraits of each musician. No one – not the world of Springsteen zealots, not fans, no one – even knows these seminal photographs exist. Knobler has the stories that go with them. He was also there the day the Boss got his nickname, and in the studio during the making of Born to Run, and on the Asbury Park boardwalk the day Bruce liberated a pinball machine forever.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Featuring The Living Carousel presentation with Mike Richison, Marina Vujnovic, Ed Johnston, Monmouth University, and John Viggiano, Montclair University, Anacon Hall

The Living Carousel involves a large, inflatable, custom video screen (about 20’ x 6’). Inside, six projectors play short video loops of carousel horses alongside 2 audio tracks – one track plays vintage carousel music and the other contains recorded interviews of current and former Asbury Park residents. In order to properly experience the installation, audience members stand at one of two stations. By moving a hand in front of a motion sensor, audience members control the speed and direction of both the audio and video track. They can also toggle between the music and the interview track. 

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Life Right Now: The Joy of Springsteen Across Generations, David Masciotra with Ellie Deegan, Pollak Theatre

Before he begins his conversation with Ms. Ellie Deegan - his lecture agent and life friend – David Masciotra, the author of Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen, will discuss the subversive joy at the heart of Bruce Springsteen's music - a topic he found of particular importance as a high school student in the early 2000s. The subversive joy of Springsteen's music was helpful to Masciotra when he went on dates and when he experienced his political awakening. The former was more important.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: A Rock 'N' Roll Manifesto, Mike Appel, Former Manager and Producer of Bruce Springsteen, Pollak Theatre

In this highly anticipated presentation, Mike Appel will speak about the ingredients that go into becoming a superstar, demonstrating how Bruce and the Band personify these ingredients. However, after years of presenting one's art to the public a kind of manifesto, code or philosophy emerges. In Bruce's case, he knows he lives in a world of commerce but that doesn't mean that he denigrates his art by associating himself with a sponsor as do the Rolling Stones and so many others. He keeps his ticket prices reasonable. He constantly tours the world and interacts with his world-wide audience all the time. No one on the globe has ever put more energy into presenting like Bruce and the Band do. Bruce and the Band conduct themselves with a dignity found in few artists these days where almost all 'artists' marry themselves as soon as they can to products.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Break/Transition to Pollak Theatre for Songwriters Event

4:15 – 6:15 p.m. Glory Days Symposium is Proud to Host “Songwriters by the Sea” Featuring Joe D’Urso, Joe Rapolla, etc., Pollak Theatre

The Songwriters By The Sea series is an outlet for performing songwriters to introduce new material as well as existing material in an intimate and interactive environment. What started out, and still exists, as a coffee shop show for area songwriters to casually perform with other writers by the beach in Asbury Park has quickly evolved into a bona fide theater series around the shore area; attracting top performing songwriters from around the country such as WIllie Nile, Marah, Steve Forbert, and Jefferey Gains, and of course today's performers. By having 2 to 3 performers join D'Urso and Rapolla each show, there's plenty of opportunity to cross pollinate fan bases. Music fans get to hear performers they might not normally come across, and performers get to play to a different audience. The format is songwriters taking turns playing acoustic versions of their songs. There may be a story involved, other performers may accompany, and there is usually a lot on interaction with the audience. This is an honest show that is being very well received by a growing base of performers and audience.

6:15 – 8 p.m.  Dinner on own. Travel to The Stone Pony

8 p.m. – 2 a.m. Stone Pony Night #2 featuring Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, and Hans Ludvigsson!  

Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, along with New York/New Jersey stalwarts Willie Nile and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan will rock the house!  Throw in a set by Hans Ludvigsson all the way from Sweden and you are sure to have an amazingly great night of music!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

8:30 a.m. – noon Conference Registration, Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre Lobby

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

1. Springsteen and Wrecking Ball: (Bey Hall, Room 222)

Moderator: John Massaro, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor (Retired), Maine

“Freedom son’s a dirty shirt”: Bruce Springsteen and the Nobility of Work on Wrecking Ball, Scott McMillan, Associate Professor of English, History, and Political Science, Volunteer State Community College, Tennessee

Hard Times, Loss and Renewal: The Lifetime Conversation, Melanie Henwood, Melanie Henwood Associates, United Kingdom

Wrecking Ball: Bruce’s Best Album of 1995, Wilfred Major, Assistant Professor of Classics, Louisiana State University

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: Springsteen’s Ode to the Disenfranchised and the Lie of the American Promise, Susan Woge, Adjunct English Faculty, Penn State University, Shenango Campus

2. Springsteen and International Perspectives: (Bey Hall, Room 223)

Moderator: TBD

Lost In The European Translation? : The Artist, The Entertainer, and The E Street Rhythm and Blues, Klaus Heissenberger, University Lecturer, Saarland University, Austria

Moving to the Promised Land, Donna Luff, Associate Fellowship Director, Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts

The Line: Bruce on Mexican-American Border, Victor Garcia Zapata, Mexico

3. Springsteen and the Legacy of Woody Guthrie: (Bey Hall, Room 225)

Moderator: Jerry Zolten, Associate Professor of Communications Arts & Sciences and American Studies, Penn State Altoona

This Machine Wrecks Greedy Capitalists: Bruce Springsteen Steps Confidently into Woody Guthrie’s Light, Donna Dolphin, Associate Professor, Monmouth University, New Jersey

The Rhetoric of Hope: America, Authenticity, and the Lyricist’s Path Out of the Darkness on the Edge of Town, Robert McParland, Associate Professor of English, Felician College, New Jersey

Wobblies, Woody, Wrecking Balls: Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, and Bruce Springsteen as Visionary Realists of Anarchism, Communism, and Democracy, Doug Morris, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Eastern New Mexico University

4. Springsteen and Religion/Spirituality: (Bey Hall, Room 226)

Moderator: Spencer Allen, Adjunct Lecturer, John Brown University, Arkansas

Responding to His Baptismal Call: Springsteen as Prophet of Social Justice, Gerri Noble-Martocci, Adjunct Professor, Marymount University, Virginia

Springsteen and Spirituality: Religious Imagery and Socio-Political Concern in the Twenty-First Century Music of Bruce Springsteen, Joe White, Postgraduate Student, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Springsteen and Redemption, Donna Hollifield, Corporate Administrator, Florida

5. Bruce Brunch: Live Radio Broadcast with Tom Cunningham: (Young Auditorium)

Tom Cunningham will broadcast his regular Sunday radio show live from The Glory Days Symposium. This is an opportunity for you to be part of a live audience for his show, which will include interviews with selected guests. Please note Tom’s show runs from 9 – 11 am. If you are interested in this session, arrive early as seating is limited.

6. Springsteen and the Role of the Artist: (Bey Hall, Room 227)

Moderator: TBD

Comedy, Purpose, and Springsteen’s Career as a Songwriter, Alex Pitofsky, Professor of English, Appalachian State University, North Carolina

In Defense of Influence: Springsteen’s 2012 SXSW Keynote and the Literary Tradition of Poetic Creativity, Bill Wolff, Assistant Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University, Delaware

All Aboard: Passengers on the Train of Hope and Dreams, Ernie Sandonato, English Teacher, Delaware Valley High School, Pennsylvania

7. Springsteen and Politics/Activism (Bey Hall, Room 228)

Moderator: Rosemary Gallick, Northern Virginia Community College

Springsteen: Our Black Cowboy, Patricia Hillen, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Penn State Brandywine, Pennsylvania

Bruce Springsteen and the Politics of Meaning in America, Michael Bader, Special Advisor, Institute4Change, California

Springsteen: The Voice of America, Matt Gilchrist, Social Studies Teacher, Chantilly High School, Virginia

Bruce as Political Activist and Musical Commentator, Rosemary Gallick, Northern Virginia Community College

8. Springsteen from Various Angles (Bey Hall, Room 229)

Moderator: TBD

The Personal is Political: Springsteen, Anger and Grief, Martha Nell Smith, Professor, and Lenny Cassuto, Professor, University of Maryland

Archetypes in the Lyrics of Bruce Springsteen: The Bruce Springsteen Tarot, Diane Wilkes, Writer, Pennsylvania

“Don’t Trust Men Who Walk with Canes”: Springsteen & the Cultural Production of Disability, Chris Rosa, University Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, City University of New York

10:15 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m Springsteen and The Work of Hope, Richard C. Harwood, President and Founder, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Pollak Theatre

Richard C. Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, will discuss his recent study revealed in his newest book, The Work of Hope. Rich will connect his findings within The Work of Hope to how Springsteen has incorporated the life of regular Americans into his songs, and transformed concerts into “communions.” He will discuss the potential for people to strengthen their role in communities in order to kick-start a new trajectory for the country, allowing for a new sense of hope and possibility.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad (Bruce Springsteen and the Legacy of Woody Guthrie), Robert Santelli, Executive Director, Grammy Museum, Pollak Theatre

Since 1980, when Bruce Springsteen first discovered the music and life of Woody Guthrie, few artists have so dramatically impacted the themes of Springsteen’s songs of social and political protest as has Guthrie. In this centennial year of Guthrie’s birth, Robert Santelli, author of the recently published book, “This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song” and co-producer of the Guthrie centennial concerts across the country, examines the influence of Guthrie on Springsteen and the Guthrie legacy that Springsteen continues with his own music.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch with speaker, Resurrection Day: The Story of Steel Mill and the Rise of Bruce Springsteen, Robert Santelli, Executive Director, Grammy Museum, Anacon Hall

Steel Mill is generally regarded in Jersey Shore music circles as one of the best and most creative of all area rock bands prior to the creation of the E Street Band in the early ‘70s. Steel Mill blended blues with rock and colored the musical results with Asbury Park soul music. Along the way, the band developed a sound and stage show that highlighted future members of the E Street Band and gave Springsteen necessary experience as a band leader and songwriter that would reap great rewards after the signing of his recording contract with Columbia Records. Author and music historian Robert Santelli saw Steel Mill perform a number of times in the late ‘60s and has interviewed all its members. In his presentation he creates a compelling history of the band and contextualizes its importance in the overall Bruce Springsteen story.

1:45 – 3 p.m. General Session Riding the Wrecking Ball, Peter Ames Carlin, author of Bruce, Pollak Theatre

In this presentation, Peter Ames Carlin, author of the forthcoming Simon and Schuster release, Bruce, will examine Bruce Springsteen’s creative process in the studio, the bumpy road through 2011 (including, of course, the death of Clarence Clemons), the preparations for the current tour, Bruce's speech and performance at SXSW and the opening night of the tour. Along the way he'll touch on Clarence's perspective on his relationship with Bruce (based on his two-day interview with him in March, 2011); and Bruce's own insights into his life and work as he ventured into an E Street Band that didn't include the Big Man. In what will be the first public airing of material from the book, Peter will be reading from the book, sharing some stories that didn't make it into the narrative, and taking whatever questions from the audience.

3 – 5 p.m. Who Do You Think I Am? Screening and Q&A with Nick Mead, Pollak Theatre

Experience the extended version of the Clarence Clemons documentary Who Do I Think I Am?: A Portrait of a Journey. The film follows Clarence on his travels to China from 2005 through 2010. Following the film, director and Clemons friend Nick Mead will share perspectives on making the film and entertain questions.

5 – 5:15 p.m. Closing Comments

5:15 p.m. Adjourn


Monday, September 17, 2012

12 – 5 p.m. Tour of Asbury Park/Freehold/Belmar, led by Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle

Tour begins and leaves from Monmouth University, location TBD.

This walking tour will feature many historical stops in Springsteen lore from his boyhood home to many of the musical clubs in Asbury Park where Bruce and others helped to generate the Asbury Park sound.

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