Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00am – 11:30am
E Street Radio Equals Community: Building A Deeper Bond Among Bruce Springsteen Fans, Bradford Yates, University of West Georgia
Next Best Thing to Living Proof: A Survey of Bruce Springsteen Fan Videos, David Wilson, Dean’s Advisory Council
“Get Your Facts Learned”: Fans’ Co-Creation and Co-Curation of the Springsteen Archive, Zack Stiegler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Springsteen and American Roots Traditions, Jay Sweet, Monmouth University
Darkness Meets 1978 Pop Music, Aaron Furgason, Monmouth University
Life Itself: Bruce Springsteen’s Working on a Dream, David Porter, Stereo Embers Magazine
“You Can Drive All Night and Never Make It Around”: Notions of Social Capital, Structure, and Agency in Bruce Springsteen’s Oeuvre, Daniel Loughran, Rutgers University
I’m Bruce Springsteen, and I Approved This Message, Richard Lee, St. Bonaventure University
The Darkness… and The Light: Themes of the Returned Vietnam Veteran in “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Shawn Driscoll, Becker College
“Dark Cloud Rising”: Springsteen’s Dark Night of the Soul in Darkness on the Edge of Town, Graley Herren, Xavier University
Darkness on the Edge of Town and Conservative Gender Roles, Greg Giddings, Midwestern State University, and Melissa Nivens, Midwestern State University
Journey through Adulthood: Working Class Masculinity and Roots Music in Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, Donna Dolphin, Monmouth University
It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad I’ll Survive: “Badlands,” “I Will Survive,” and the Rhetoric of Empowerment Anthems, Scott Wagar, Miami University
11:30am – 12:00pm
Break/Transition to Lunch
12:00pm – 1:30pm, Pozycki Hall
Lunch with Frank Stefanko (interview with Jerry Zolten)
1:30pm – 1:45pm
Break/Transition to Breakout Sessions
1:45pm – 3:15pm
Women Fans’ Journeys through Darkness: In Their Own Words, Donna Luff, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, and Lorraine Mangione, Antioch University New England
How Bruce’s Impact in Our Lives Can Help Us Write and Present Our Ideas with Creativity, Conciseness, and Inspiration, Caleb Shullman and Jan Marchetti
The Theology of Darkness: Springsteen’s Apocalypse, Azzan Yadin-Israel, Rutgers University
Springsteen’s Dark Night of Soul, Paul Contino, Pepperdine University
Darkness: Springsteen, Religion and Spirituality, Bern Ryan, Carefree Catering
Springsteen: The Psychology and Spirituality of Empathy, Gerry Hudson-Martin, Business Architects
Steve Feffer, Western Michigan University
Springsteen and Gord Downie: Two Views of Wilderness in Compared National Identities, John Duffy
The 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Show, Arlen Schumer, Marywood University
Bruce: Darkness on the Italian Epic, Marilisa Merolla, Sapienza University of Rome
Romanticism, Pragmatism, Politics: Greetings to Wrecking Ball, Gavin Cologne-Brookes, Bath Spa University
“Marrying the Band”: Relationship Lessons from the Musical, Business, and Life Partnership of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Jennifer Walter, Heads-Up Communication Corp.
The Portents of Possibility Between Greetings and Darkness: How Springsteen Arrived At His Most Poetic Pinnacle, Paul Carter, SUNY College at Oneonta
Chasing Something in the Night: A Musicological Analysis of Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town Album, Robert McParland, Felician University
Mark Bernhard, University of Southern Indiana
Jin Thindal, Simon Fraser University
Ken Womack, Monmouth University
Jerry Zolten, Penn State Altoona
Alex Biese – entertainment writer for the Asbury Park Press, co-host of USA Today Networks “Fan Theory” podcast.
Irv Slifkin – author of “Filmadelphia,” writer for USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter
Shawn Poole – Contributor for Backstreets.com, Advisory Board Member for The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music
3:30pm – 4:45pm, the Great Hall Auditorium
The Lighter Side of Darkness
Featuring: singer/songwriter Lisa Lowell, photographer Frank Stefanko, Lakehouse Music Academy owner Jon Leidersdorff, and E-Street drummer Vini Lopez
5:00pm – 7:00pm, the Great Hall Pompeii Room
Dinner and Bluegrass Performance of Darkness on the Edge of Town
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Pollak Theatre
Peter Ames Carlin Keynote Address
8:00pm – 10:00pm, Pollak Theatre
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town
Initial release: September 14, 2010
Director: Thom Zimny, who will be speaking in Pozycki Hall 115 on Sunday, April 15, at 11:45am.
Bluegrass Performance of Darkness on the Edge of Town
Monmouth University music students and faculty perform blue grass renditions of songs from Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Join us in the Pompeii Room of the Great Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday, April 14.
Standard conference registration is $350 for presenters, as well as attendees interested in an all-inclusive rate. This price includes all conference meals, pre-conference activities, and admission to the Wonder Bar on Friday, April 13th.
Discount rates are available for members of the Monmouth University community. Undergraduate students can purchase tickets for $50. Tickets are available for $250 for graduate students, retirees, and emeritus professors. These special rates will be available at the registration table—valid ID must be presented for purchase.
Non-presenters are welcome to attend the sessions for a $20 daily fee. Meals can be purchased separately during the conference.
Non-presenters can also purchase entrance to the Wonder Bar for $10. The Wonder Bar show is a 21-and-over event—valid ID will be requested at the door.
Separate tickets are also available for the Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore. The four-hour Jersey Shore bus tour on Thursday, April 12th, will be $70. The two-hour walking tour of Asbury Park on Sunday, April 15th, will cost $40.