Craig LeMoult is an award-winning radio reporter for WGBH Public Radio, who covers the environment and other topics in Massachusetts. In addition to WGBH, Craig’s features are regularly heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. http://news.wgbh.org/people/craig-lemoult
Edgar B. Herwick III is an award-winning reporter for WGBH News, where he runs The Curiosity Desk, seeking to answer and inspire questions about the world around us, and the offbeat in the serious, and the serious in the offbeat. http://news.wgbh.org/people/edgar-b- herwick-iii#long-contributor-bio
Jennifer Stoever is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sounding Out! She is also Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University and a recipient of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Teaching. She is the author of The Sonic Color Line (NYU Press: 2016).
Christie Zwahlen is Director of Community Engagement & Service at Miami University. Previously, Christie worked as Statewide Director of STEAM (STEM + Arts) for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, and as Assistant Director of the Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement. She also worked for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, designing Service- Learning courses in conjunction with faculty at Thiel College and as the Coordinator of the Bridging the Digital Divide Program at Binghamton University. Christie earned her Master’s Degree in English and a Graduate Certicate in Asian & Asian American Studies from Binghamton University in 2009.
The first Composer-in-Residence for the Boston Public Library, Beau Kenyon prioritizes projects that expand the landscape and definition of performance. His music has been featured in large-scale interdisciplinary installations at Fenway Park, the Ink Block Apartments, and the Boston Public Library and has also been performed in concert halls, breweries, and gatherings throughout the United States, Central America, and Europe. An enthusiastic collaborator, Kenyon often works with dancers, authors, artists, and scientists to create multidisciplinary performances, using music as one of many avenues to connect people and ideas. Other projects have included the founding of a music program for private study, designing and implementing academic enrichment courses with an aim toward interdisciplinary curriculum design, and creating a multi-faceted summer camp for elementary-aged students. Additionally, Kenyon has published music cognition research under the direction of Nadine Gaab (Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital) in 2014. During this time, he executed an adult behavioral study that examined the relationship between musical study and Executive Function, published in the PLoS (2014). Beau is also proud to serve on the Advisory Board for WGBH.
Wendy Hsu is an ethnomusicologist and sound ethnographer working on public humanities and civic design projects. As a researcher, they have done fieldwork to uncover the politics of street music-culture in Taipei and its fraught relationship with the changing urban environment. Combining their interest in sound research and civic art, they co-founded Movable Parts, a maker collective that reimagines public spaces in Los Angeles. Currently a digital strategist and impact researcher at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and founder of Lab at DCA, they bring to LA Listens experience in civic arts administration and knowledge in the City’s placemaking programming and policy. Hsu has a PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music from the University of Virginia and has taught at University of Virginia, Occidental College, and Art Center College of Design.
Steven Kemper is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and a music technologist who focuses on interactive technologies and robotics. Many of his electroacoustic compositions incorporate soundscape and found sounds. Steven has recently embarked upon a series of pieces inspired by Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis, using sonographic analysis of field recordings to explore the site-specific emergent patterns of sound that occur in urban environments, such as the ebb and flow of vehicular traffic. Steven received a Ph.D. in composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia and is currently Assistant Professor of music technology and composition in the Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Jessica Blickley is a biologist who works at the intersection of bioacoustics, animal behavior and conservation biology. She has a PhD in Ecology from the University of California Davis and currently works as the Science Specialist in the Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College, where she explores the teaching and research applications of digital tools and technology. Her previous research has investigated how animals respond to human-induced changes to the local soundscape, specifically looking at the impacts of noise on the Greater Sage-Grouse, a bird of conservation concern. As a collaborator on the LA Listens project, she explores the effects of urban sounds and noise on the individual and collective behavior of the humans and animals of Los Angeles.
Award-winning journalist and audio artist Jocelyn Frank is the producer of Slate’s Political Gabfest and The Whistlestop Podcast with John Dickerson. Additional clients include Panoply, Scripps, Guardian US, Marketplace, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Latino USA, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Interfaith Voices, and the International Reporting Project. Her audio art has “shown” (translation: played/been heard) at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Goethe Institute D.C., D.C. public high schools, Unity Health clinics and along the District’s bustling streets. Her interactive audio portraits app, Voices of Health, was recently added to the permanent collection of the Washingtonia Art Collection. Frank also plays oboe in a few area bands and is the managing facilitator of the DC Listening Lounge audio collective (DCLL). The group meets monthly to listen and spark conversation about sound and storytelling and organizes workshops and audio field trips for the community at large. Once a year DCLL curates a free, public, interactive audio installation called Sound Scene. The tenth annual Sound Scene will be held on July 8 at the Hirshhorn—you’re invited! DCListeningLounge.org @DCListening JocelynFrankOffice@gmail.com.
Emily Cohen is an urban planner and designer focused on addressing social and environmental challenges in the urban landscape. Though based in Washington, DC she is currently completing a Master of Science in Ecological Design at the Conway School in western Massachusetts. She has over a decade of experience in public policy and urban planning, having most recently directed public art programing for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland.
Lori Lobenstein grew up in a family of community and union organizers, and decided early on that working with youth was her passion and her route to creating change. She has been a youthworker for the past twenty years, in settings as diverse as classrooms, basketball courts, museums and foreign countries. Most recently she has been a Director of Teen Programs for Girls Incorporated of Holyoke, a BEST trainer (teaching youth development concepts to other youthworkers), and a very successful basketball coach. Throughout these experiences, she has struggled with the challenges of creating new designs with youth, in fields that are often top-heavy and funding-driven. As a life-long activist, she is inspired by the vision that new design tools and a greater design awareness will bring new energy and power to our work.
Kenneth Bailey started his activism in the early eighties as a teenager, working in his neighborhood for tenants’ rights and decent housing, targeting the St. Louis Housing Authority. He went on to work for COOL, a national campus-based student organizing program, and then moved to Boston where he worked for the Ten Point Coalition, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Third Sector New England, as well as being on the Board for Resource Generation. Most recently he has been a trainer and a consultant, primarily on issues of organizational development and community building. He first realized the need for a more “designerly” approach to community work while developing parts of the Boston Community Building Curriculum for The Boston Foundation. This workshop asked community activists and residents to think about creative ways to work with their community assets – existing social relationships, individual’s gifts and skills, and untapped local resources. Many community residents remained locked in conventional nonprofit approaches to working with community assets. They weren’t obliged to, they just knew no other way. He realized then that activists needed new tools to redesign approaches for community change, which led him to build a design studio for social activism.
Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social dialogue. As 2016 City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, Shaw Pong’s project Code Listen used creative music workshops and performances to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices, in collaboration with the Boston Police Department, teen artists and family members surviving homicide. Her compositions have been commissioned by A Far Cry, Lorelei Ensemble, and New Gallery Concert Series. As a violinist Shaw Pong has performed with groups including Silk Road Ensemble, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Castle of Our Skins. She is a teaching artist for the Silk Road Project, Young Audiences, Celebrity Series, and New England Conservatory.