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Music, Culture, Social Change: A Panel and Performance Benefit

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Guilford, CT

From the great spirituals and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," to Marian Anderson, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Marvin Gaye and more, music and culture have reflected--and contributed to--social change in the United States. Join us for a discussion of this history and how more recent artists are addressing social concerns. Brandon Sherrod will also play the piano and sing!


  • Jeffrey Ogbar, Professor of History and Director, Center for the Study of Popular Music, University of Connecticut

Panelists include:

  • Lisa Dent, Executive Director, Artspace
  • Brandon Sherrod, musical artist and Connecticut CASA ambassador
  • Bradford Watson, CEO/Founder of Spinach Records

Food donated by Claire's Corner Copia--and wine donated by the Wine Thief! 

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*Unless donors explicitly indicate otherwise, donations for this joint 7/14/22 Benefit are to be equally divided between Connecticut CASA (nonprofit EIN 82-3686568) and the Fund for the Study of Popular Music at the UConn Foundation (EIN 06-6070722), an independent, tax-exempt nonprofit that supports programs at the university.

A special thank you to our sponsors

We couldn't have a successful event without your support and generosity.

Yale University

Claire's Corner Copia

Russell Hall Co. 

New Alliance Foundation

The Wine Thief