"Talk About a Dream" Bruce Springsteen's Vision -- From New Jersey to the World

Event Details
  "Talk about a dream:" Bruce Springsteen's American Vision -- from New Jersey to the World
  February 28, 2013 6:00 PM
  February 28, 2013 7:00 PM
  Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall
"Talk about a dream:" Bruce Springsteen's American Vision -- from New Jersey to the World, Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6-7 p.m., Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall.  
Presenter: Louis P. Masur, Professor of American Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey.  http://alumniconnections.com/olc/filelib/MNT/email/Library/Career%20Events/Nj%20Series/Louis-P-Masur.jpg

This presentation will discuss Bruce Springsteen's New Jersey origins and how his American vision was shaped by his Jersey roots and then carried to the world.

A year-long series of presentations will explore the role of New Jersey and/or places within it as a source of inspiration for the interdisciplinary humanities (drama, literature, music, painting), past and present, as well as for experiments in living. In so doing, they will show both how our concept and lived experience of "Jersey" -- as, indeed, of any place -- are reciprocally modified by artistic representations of it, as well as how the "local" can become exemplary of the "universal."  
In most people's minds, New Jersey is probably first and foremost associable with traffic congestion and malls, but arranged under the themes of "Dramatizing Jersey," "Writing Jersey," "Singing Jersey," "Living Jersey," and "Painting Jersey," this series will provide perspectives from a distinguished group of analysts about the ways in which the the state has been celebrated -- as both geographical reality (country, city, shore) as well as emotional concept -- by both "high" culture and popular culture in media as varied as literature, music, art, and tv drama!

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Louis P. Masur, Ph.D., is Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He has published many books and articles including Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2012), The Civil War: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America (Bloomsbury Press, 2008), and Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865 (Oxford University Press, 1989).  He is the author of Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision (2009), and is co-editor with Christopher Phillips of the forthcoming work Talk About A Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen, both with Bloomsbury Press.