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ABOUT THE U2 CONFERENCE

The U2 Conference has spaces for studying the music, work and influence of U2 and U2 fandom. Fans, students, scholars, critics, artists, and authors bring their curiosity, critical thinking, and passion for developing an appreciation and understanding of U2 — and all things connected to U2.

We share stories, research, and conversation, making personal and professional connections as we do. We gather in virtual spaces and, when we can, in physical spaces too.

Our first meeting was in 2009 on the weekend of U2’s 360° tour stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bono greeted our “confab” from the stage.

There have been five conferences to date, from 2009 – 2020. Please see the U2 Conferences page for more information about each conference.

The U2 Conference team is:

    • Scott Calhoun, Director, and Professor of English, Cedarville University
    • David Comay, Independent Scholar
    • Johnny Duncan, U2 Fan and Curious Human
    • Sherry Lawrence, Former Staff Writer for atu2.com
    • Angela Pancella, Director of Development and Parish Life at St. Francis Xavier (College Church), St. Louis. Contributor to U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher
    • Diane Rasmussen Pennington, U2 Fan, U2 Scholar, and Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
    • Jo D., U2 Fan and creator of U2 and Coffee

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Scott Calhoun created the U2 Conference in 2009 and directs it with a team of curious, passionate U2 fans. He is a Professor of English at Cedarville University, Ohio, where he teaches courses in literature, writing, and textual analysis His academic interests center around the how and why identity formation and cultural  engagement happen, and the roles the arts, the imagination, narratives, tropes, types, and the numinous play in those activities. His Ph.D. in English is from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He lives in Xenia, Ohio, with his family.

He is a curator for U2: Made in Dublin,” a permanent exhibit at The Little Museum of Dublin, and was a staff writer for @U2 (atu2.com) from 2004 – 2020.

He edited three volumes of critical essays about U2:


 

He also edited the Tempo Series of books on rock, pop, and culture for Rowman & Littlefield.

As a staff writer from 2004-2020 for @U2 (atu2.com), he wrote reporting, reviews, interviews, and opinion:

Interviews:

      • David Bentley Hart, philosopher, scholar of religion and cultural critic, for “Stealing David Bentley Hart’s Wisdom for U2’s Travelling Show” (Aug. 6, 2018)
      • Steve Lillywhite, Grammy-winning producer (June 16, 2011)
      • Flood, Grammy-winning producer (July 26, 2013)
      • Anthony DeCurtis, Grammy-winning writer, contributor to Rolling Stone (Nov. 27, 2007)
      • 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” (Nov. 26, 2011)
      • 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 (March 1, 2008).
      • Eugene Peterson, author, pastor, and translator of The Message (Feb. 9, 2006)

His  academic vita is available here..

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. Please reach him through the contact form.

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