2009 FEEDBACK

HERE’S JUST SOME OF WHAT WE HEARD ABOUT THE 2009 CONFERENCE

“It was amazing to be among other fervent U2 fans. Seeing that many people who share a passion for one band in so many different ways further deepened my love for U2 and their music.”
– Chris Endrinal

“A real vindication of the importance of U2 in so many areas. Great people, and new friendships that will last.”
– Gregory Clarke

“There was a fascinating range of participants — wonderful people from all over the world in attendance — as well as the excellence of all the academic sessions and plenary talks. Would it be insulting if I said that the program was FAR better than I expected? Indeed, it was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended.”
– Christine Chaney

“I found a degree of vocational clarity at the conference. Or, ‘Why CAN’T I write papers about U2?’”
– Ruthan Freese

“The mix of academics and fans leveled the playing field, and the fans were often just as insightful as the academics. The uniqueness of the conference was in this blend of fan, academic, and activist audiences. None overshadowed the others but each brought their particular interests and specific energies to the conference. I had a blast just meeting other U2 fans from all over the world and from all walks of life. The plenaries were also first rate and showed a range of interests and approaches to the band. All the extras were terrific as well. Kudos to @U2 for their contribution too.”
– Daniel Kline

“It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while.  A great mix of fun, friends, frivolity and education about a topic I love: U2.”
– Michelle Hakim

“For me, it was completely bizarre because I’ve never done anything remotely close to an academic conference on a BAND, and it was really fun. I think you can have something really powerful here when you bring people together for a positive reason. There’s movement potential.”
– Jean Walton

“It was absolutely wonderful. The college experience of learning, staying up late, eating pizza, reading a text, etc., was a ball. I heard brilliant, smart, talented people’s take on the band in new ways that I never would have seen on my own. I didn’t want it to end!”
– Amy Johnson

“I enjoyed running into such a large, strange group of more or less like-minded people from various disciplines and orientations. I felt more in common with this diverse group than I do at musicological conferences. It was also good to make some contacts with others within my own profession who have interests in U2 that I was never aware of.”
– Paul Harris

“It was non-stop. There was a lot going on. Each day was full.”
– Jonelle Verdugo

“It was awesome to spend a weekend with ‘my people.’ In fact, I think it would have been different with any other group –U2 fans are so likely to have gone to Africa or gotten involved in interesting organizations, which really enhanced the experience of wandering up to a stranger and engaging them in conversation.  What other group of fans are like that?”
– Angela Pancella

“Exploring the many layers of U2′s creativity in formal and informal ways with intelligent fans from around the world was very enjoyable. Presenters from around the world shared thought-provoking insights into the band, and left everyone with more to consider and reflect upon. Thanks for a fantastic conference!”
– Henry VanderSpek

“The conference was cathartic for me. I spent the weeks leading up to it rediscovering Zooropa and the people U2 had to become to make it. Writing my paper helped reignite my fascination with and love for the band. All through the weekend, I found myself riveted by the ideas and questions others raised about U2. There was a wonderful atmosphere that lasted throughout the weekend.”
– Kevin Jackson

“The variety of programming was fantastic. Well done in selecting a breadth of speakers, films, and presenters.”
– Tim Neufeld

“The conference experience for me personally solidified the feelings and inspiration U2 has instilled in me through their music and involvement in the world’s toughest challenges. I have never been a part of anything as significant and groundbreaking as the territory we ventured.”
– Misty Phillips

“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I should’ve realized that whenever you get a group of U2 fans together for a few days, a good time is sure to happen. And it did. The conference was also thoughtful, educational, and even challenging at times. But most of it all, it was fun. A group of U2 fans getting together to talk about all things U2? How can you go wrong?”
– Matt McGee

“Words can’t describe. As a U2 fan I thought it was absolutely one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. I thought it was so cool to have everyone who felt the same way about the band together in one place and meet each other and attend presentations about them that challenged your way of thinking about the music. I am so happy to now have some new friends from this experience. I think U2 would be proud of the whole event.”
– Jill Marino

“The conference created an inherent community unlike anything I’ve ever seen before at a conference. We all had U2 stories, and it was just an incredible means to share not only those stories, but also to share with others what we’ve learned through being fans of U2. The conference overall was just phenomenal.”
– Catie Serex

“Being at the U2 Conference was an incredible affirmation of my belief that the work of U2 holds a special place in the world, a place beyond U2′s incredible contribution to popular culture.  The U2 Conference provided face-to-face conversations around a common interest at a time in history when such experiences are too often relegated to online social networks.”
– Matt Staniz

“What really mattered was that this conference showed me that U2 can be an inspiration to live, to hope, to endure suffering and to overcome. And to believe.”
– Jens Nielsen