We are still weighing our options and please keep in mind that no decision has been made yet. But there’s a growing amount of interest from the nice folks in Oxford and at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to bring the conference there this October. We figured we’d put the question to you.
You can leave a comment here or talk about it on the facebook group Oxford Friends of the U2 Conference.
A few items of interest about Oxford:
1. It’s one hour from Memphis, home of Sun Studio, Graceland, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Beale Street, and civil rights history (”Pride (In the Name of Love)”), and one hour from Clarksdale, home of the legendary Ground Zero Blues Club. If the conference comes to Oxford, doing some pre- or post- conference music and civil rights history excursions would be a nice way to soak up the history of the region, which includes U2 history.
2. It’s the home to Ole Miss, a campus vibrant with a love of inquiry, culture and the arts. Enough said by us, but let’s hear more from those who know Ole Miss.
3. Oxford is a welcoming, hospitable and affordable destination for cultural tourism, with great, independent and locally owned restaurants, live music venues, shops, book stores and southern hospitality. Check out their Convention and Visitors Bureau site, with even more about Oxford here. We made a recent site visit and loved it. (No, we aren’t on the CVB payroll!)
Start talking, asking questions and inviting your friends to get in on the discussion. Do you live in Oxford? Have you ever been there?
Come spend a few days talking, listening and thinking about what U2 has done. We’re bringing together scholars, teachers, students, journalists, clergy, musicians and intellectually curious U2 fans for a rich program of exploring this truly one-of-a-kind band for a truly one-of-a-kind conference, and we hope you’ll be in the room.
Is it all so much hype? Are we lost in their feedback? Or is this band of ambitions, paradoxes, ironies and sincerity the real thing? If you think U2 has played a role, for better or worse, in changing the worlds of music, entertainment, popular culture, humanitarian relief, peace and social justice efforts – or has changed the world in you – then come join the conversation. Meet us in the sound!