Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts

Music is a powerful force for social change. Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts will explore connections between music and social justice – past and present to build a better future.

Through the perspectives of scholars, musicians, journalists and others, we will show how music has been – and can continue to be — a positive tool for social change.

Click here to view the excerpts from our Oct.19 introductory roundtable and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Our next session, Songs, Statues and Solutions: How We View ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and Other Songs in 2020, is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Click here for more details, including the Zoom link for the session.

Meet the ‘Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts’ Project Team

David Freeman: A musician, producer and cultural arts educator

David is a faculty member at Pace University’s Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts and Director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive. He serves on the board of The Association of Teaching Artists. See full bio

Alex R Gillham: An assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University

Alex’s research focuses on topics in ethics, ancient philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is particularly interested in the connection between music, identity, and morality. Alex has written about how being a fan of some musical groups ought to inspire individuals to undertake certain moral responsibilities. See full bio

Richard Lee: Executive director of the Jandoli Institute and an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University

Rich writes and comments regularly on the intersection of music and public policy. As a journalist, he covered rock’n’roll for several years before establishing himself a political reporter. See full bio

Stephen Wilt: An archivist at Media Transfer Service in Rochester, NY, and host of a weekly podcast, Street Corner Talking

Steve graduated from St. Bonaventure University in May with a B.A in Journalism. As Station Manager and Music Director at 88.3 WSBU-FM, he interviewed professional musicians, celebrities and athletes. They included Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Louis Anderson, Doug Flute, Dr. Oz, Jimmy Page and many others. All have aired on his podcast.  See full bio

Paul Ziek: Chair of the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University

Paul teaches strategic and organizational communication in both the undergraduate and graduate levels. See full bio