Ole Miss Wants U2 to Come to Oxford

Oxford, MS – The University of Mississippi is hoping to attract an educational conference on the band, U2.

The band has already traveled to the Mid-South for inspiration for their signature sound. Because of that, Oxford resident and U2 fan Misty Phillips started a campaign to bring the first U2 Academic Conference to Ole Miss.

“The real connection to the music is with Muddy Waters and B.B. King and the people that inspired their music from the beginning,” says Phillips.

The conference will be held in October. Originally, it was set for New York, but organizers found it too costly. So a committee formed to find a new venue. The finalists are the University of Mississippi and Duke.

The conference will be about more than music; it concentrates on how the band has impacted the world.

“Its anything from the world debt relief they have been champions of, to HIV and AIDS prevention and orphan care,” says Phillips.

The conference will attract international speakers and hundreds of attendants from around the world. The cultural opportunities for Oxford attracted the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. It will provide staffing, hospitality services, and tours if Ole Miss is selected.

“We thought this was a great mesh because its a conference about a band from another country that came through and experienced the music here and it changed them,” says Wayne Andrews, Executive Director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

U2’s travels through the Mid-South would also be a part of the conference. Phillips wants conference go-ers to get the full U2 “southern” experience.

“We started out in Memphis we went on buses to Sun Studios, we stood where Elvis stood and we experienced what U2 did,” says Phillips.

The organizers in Oxford need your help to sway the committee to choose Ole Miss. Blog about why the conference should come to Oxford on the U2 conference website.



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