Heartland: U2’s Looking For American Soul
An International Virtual U2 Conference For Scholars And Fans
October 18 – 24, 2020
U2 loves, lives in and leverages America, all while feeling free to critique, correct and create America. Though U2 has journeyed — at times uneasily — through an America of pulsating metropolis, rugged heartland and shining sea, it still hasn’t found what it’s looking for: American soul.
Join fans, students and scholars for a week of online conversations and critical inquiry into U2’s history of looking for America’s soul. Using the virtual conference platform Whova, we’ll have a variety of formats for attendees to engage in presentations, connect with each other and enjoy the conference community at different times throughout the week.
- Dr. Scott Calhoun, Professor of English, Cedarville University, Director, The U2 Conference
- Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis. Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute
- David Comay, Independent Scholar
- Nathan Frank, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Virginia
- Sherry Lawrence, Staff Writer and podcast contributor, atu2.com
- Dr. Kimberly Mack, Assistant Professor of African American literature, The University of Toledo
- 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
- Dr. Christopher Wales, Associate Professor of Organization and Leadership, NLA University College Oslo, Norway