ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

The U2 Conference and the U2 Studies Network was created by Dr. Scott Calhoun in 2009.

Slider 5 370x260Scott Calhoun is a staff writer for @U2the world’s 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.

Two books of collected essays, edited by Scott Calhoun, have come from previous U2 Conference gatherings:

A book of collected essays on U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher, edited by Scott Calhoun, will be out in February 2018 from Bloomsbury Press.

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.

U2MadeInDublinLogo• Scott Calhoun is a curator for U2: Made in Dublin at The Little Museum of Dublin, and is a member of the museum’s advisory board.

• His writing for @U2 includes:

Reporting, Reviews, and Opinion:

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:

• 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 numerous other books

• He is the editor of and a contributor to Exploring U2: Is This Rock ‘n’ Roll? (Scarecrow Press, 2011; paperback 2015). 

• He is the editor of and a contributor to U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments (Lexington Books, 2014; paperback 2015).

• He is the editor of U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury, 2018).

• 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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