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Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium – Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:30am – 1:30pm, Location TBD

Conference Registration

10:00am – 11:30am

Breakout Sessions

Darkness from Various AnglesRoom TBDModerator: Robert McParland, Felician University

The “Mirror” of Darkness on the Edge of Town, Tony Calo

Why the Dogs on Main Street Howl: Exploring the Dilemma of Mobility within Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, Kevin Dooley, Monmouth University

Chasing Something in the Night: A Musicological Analysis of Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town Album, Robert McParland, Felician University

From “Troubled Young Man” to Rock Icon: A Look at the Darkness on the Edge of Town Cover Art, Kimberly Glassman, Concordia University

Springsteen From the Fan’s PerspectiveRoom TBDModerator: Zack Stiegler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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 Other Musical GenresRoom TBDModerator: George Wurzbach, Monmouth University

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

Springsteen and Political/Social ImpactRoom TBDModerator: Steven Bachrach, Monmouth University

“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

The Chimes of Freedom: The Social and Political Impact of Bruce Springsteen’s 1988 East Berlin Concert, Steve Rogers, Independent Historian, Washington, DC

I’m Bruce Springsteen, and I Approved This Message, Richard Lee, St. Bonaventure University

Darkness in Darkness on the Edge of TownRoom TBDModerator: Frank Fury, Monmouth University

Something in the Night: The Wonder and Danger of Springsteen’s Darkness & Night, Stephen Zimmer, Brooklyn College

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

Springsteen and GenderRoom TBDModerator: Donna Dolphin, Monmouth 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

“Girl you want it, you take it, you pay the price”: An Intersectional Critique of Masculinity under NeoLiberalism in Performances of Love Songs by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Jorji Temple, Simon Fraser 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

Breakout Sessions

Springsteen and Impact from Various Perspectives Room TBDModerator: Jorji Temple, Simon Fraser University

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

Bruce Springsteen and Mental Illness/Health, Herpreet Grewal

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

Springsteen and Religion/SpiritualityRoom TBDModerator: Shawn Driscoll, Becker College

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

Springsteen and IdentityRoom TBDModerator: Richard Veit, Monmouth University

Springsteen and the Tragically Hip: Rock and Roll 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

Springsteen From Various Perspectives Room TBDModerator: Nicholas Birns, New York University

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

What Exactly Is It That Makes Springsteen So Great?: A Panel Discussion Room TBDModerator: Mark Bernhard, University of Southern Indiana

Mark Bernhard, University of Southern Indiana
Jin Thindal, Simon Fraser University
Ken Womack, Monmouth University
Jerry Zolten, Penn State Altoona

5:00pm – 7:00pm, Location TBD

Dinner and Bluegrass Performance of Darkness on the Edge of Town

7:00pm – 8:00pm, Location TBD

Peter Ames Carlin Keynote Address

Break/Transition to Pollak Theatre

8:00pm – 10:00pm, Pollak Theatre

Thom Zimny’s Darkness on the Edge of Town film screening

Saturday’s Performance

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 Wilson Hall at 6:00pm on Saturday, April 14.


Standard conference registration for presenters is $350, which 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.


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