Today’s the Boss’s birthday, and over at Monmouth University, organizers are putting the final touches on a special four-day, multi-venue event known as Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium. It’s a giant Hallmark card of appreciation to the Jersey Shore’s fave son — one signed by dozens of leading lords of academia, cultural arbiters, music historians, political pundits, medical professionals and more.

Organized by Virginia Tech and hosted by Monmouth U, the Sheraton Eatontown and  The Stone PonyGlory Days assembles a fairly mind-boggling schedule of concerts, walking tours, roundtables, panels, presentations and dreaded scholarly papers — all brought together to honor the landmark 60th birthday of the guest of honor, who may or may not make an appearance, a la the Great Pumpkin.

Red Bank oRBit has our own playful take on this serious symposium, complete with highlights, links to all of the pertinent details — and even a couple of tidbits you’re not likely to encounter anywhere else.

While you’re there, check out our interview with  Marcia Resnick, the legendary photojournalist who’s coming to McKay Imaging Gallery Friday for the opening of Punks, Poets and Politicians, a major retrospective of her work as a chronicler of (and participant in) the great downtown NYC scenes of the 70s and 80s — years exemplified by her iconic shots of Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, John Belushi and more. It’s all here, at the website that broke the big “Born to Run House” story of ’09 — Red Bank oRBit!