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Bruce Springsteen and the American Pastoral Tradition

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Colloquium Event

Badlands and Good Lovin’: Bruce Springsteen and the American Pastoral Tradition

Cyrus Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh UCONN Political Science

Wednesday, February 3 12:00pm-1:30pm Dodd 162

Free and Open to the Public

About the Talk: “Don’t Waste Your Time Waiting!” Come hear Cyrus Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh present his new research on Bruce Springsteen and the American pastoral tradition. In this talk, Zirakzadeh argues that Bruce Springsteen’s art perpetuates a pastoral-frontier form of reasoning, which has been used by several generations of U.S. statesmen, political activists, intellectuals, and popular artists, from Thomas Jefferson and Henry Adams to John Ford and Susan Sontag.

About the Speaker: Cyrus Ernesto (“Ernie”) Zirakzadeh has been a member of the Political Science Department at UCONN for more than thirty years. He has served for five years as Director of The Honors Program and for five years as Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and he thrice chaired the Senate Executive Committee. Zirakzadeh was editor-in-chief of Polity, the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association, between 2005 and 2015. The author or co-author of three books, he has written numerous essays for edited books and major professional journals, including Polity, Social Movement Studies, The Review of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, West European Politics, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.

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Political Science (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department, UConn Master Calendar

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