ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

The U2 Conference and the U2 Studies Network were created by Dr. Scott Calhoun.

Slider 5 370x260Scott Calhoun is a staff writer for @U2the leading and critically-respected news and opinion site covering U2. He is a professor of English at Cedarville University and was named the 2015 Faculty Scholar of the Year.

The U2 Conference has met three times so far: at North Carolina Central University, Durham, in 2009; at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013; and at Queen’s University Belfast, Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, and the Ulster National Museum, Belfast, 2018.

He edited U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury, 2018), a collection of new, contributed essays on the religious call-and-response dynamic between U2 and its fans.

He also edited and contributed to two other books of essays, collected from previous U2 Conference meetings:

He welcomes the opportunity to connect with you about U2 and discuss the band’s music, work, and influence, or talk about other mutual interests.

U2MadeInDublinLogoScott Calhoun is a curator for U2: Made in Dublin at The Little Museum of Dublin.

His writings include:

Reporting, Reviews and Opinion:

U2 Goes Across the Threshold with Bespoke Pop Art, analysis
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U2 and the Limits of Fundamentalism, Part One & Part Two, commentary
The Shadow Man Cometh: Flannery O’Connor’s Influence on U2’s The Joshua Tree, analysis essay
• Bono Brings a Bit Of Finglas to Flathead Lake in New Film about the Psalms, reporting
• Behind the Scenes: More From Bono & Friends On The Psalms, reporting and opinion
• Rare Recording Featuring Three-Fourths of U2 For Sale, reporting
• U2 Says They Prefer Vision CD from 1981 Not Be Sold, reporting
• U2: Revolution, book review
• U2: The Definitive Biography, book review
• The Spirituality of Bono, book review
• Andrea Morandi’s Lavoro D’Amorereporting and review

Interviews:

David Bentley Hart, philosopher, scholar of religion and cultural critic, for “Stealing David Bentley Hart’s Wisdom for U2’s Travelling Show”
• Steve Lillywhite, Grammy-winning producer
• Flood, Grammy-winning producer
• Anthony DeCurtis, Grammy-winning writer, contributor to Rolling Stone
• Bill Flanagan, EVP/Editorial Director of MTV Networks, contributor to Rolling Stone, author of U2 at the End of the World and other books, and contributor to CBS’ “Sunday Morning”
• Jim Henke, former VP of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and former Music Editor for Rolling Stone
• Eugene Peterson, author of The Message and many other books

• He is the series editor for Rowman & Littlefield’s Tempo books on rock, pop, and culture. cropped-temposerieslogo_new_cropped_1jpg2

• He maintains the U2 Studies bibliography.

• His  academic vita is available here.

• His Ph.D. is in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, from Bowling Green State University (OH).

• His research and teaching interests include:

  • U2’s music, work, and influence
  • The imagination, the numinous, mythmaking and enchantment
  • The products of culture, cultural engagement and fandom
  • Rhetorical, literary and narrative theories
  • The literature and thinking of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

• He lives in Xenia, Ohio, USA, with his wife and children.

• Please contact him through the contact form.

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