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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 along the way. 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.
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 edited three volumes of critical essays about U2:
- Exploring U2: Is This Rock and Roll? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011)
- U2 Above, Across, and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments (Lexington Press, 2014)
- U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury, 2018).
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:
- Bono Writes About Being Exposed For New Book On The Psalms, reporting (March 10, 2020)
- Bono’s Support for PEPFAR Helped Save 27 Million Lives, reporting (Feb. 6, 2020)
- Bono Boards Zipline To Bend The Universe Toward Justice reporting (Sept. 12, 2019)
- James Henke, Rock Critic Who Called U2 “The Next Big Thing,” Has Died obituary (July 9, 2019).
- U2 Goes Across The Threshold With Bespoke Pop Art, analysis (May 8, 2018)
- U2 and the Limits of Fundamentalism, Part One & Part Two, commentary (March 13, 15, 2018)
- The Shadow Man Cometh: Flannery O’Connor’s Influence on U2’s The Joshua Tree, analysis essay (Sept. 12, 2017)
- Behind The Scenes: More From Bono & Friends On The Psalms, reporting and opinion (May 13, 2016)
- Bono Brings a Bit Of Finglas to Flathead Lake in New Film about the Psalms, reporting (May 19, 2016)
- Rare Recording Featuring Three-Fourths of U2 for Sale reporting (July 3, 2006)
- U2 Says They Prefer Vision CD from 1981 Not Be Sold, reporting (Nov.25, 2006)
- U2: Revolution, book review (Dec. 16, 2014)
- U2: The Definitive Biography, book review (Nov. 20, 2014)
- The Spirituality of Bono, book review (July 4, 2014)
- Andrea Morandi’s Lavoro D’Amore, reporting and review (Feb. 22, 2010)
- 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)