• Mariana Whitmer, PhD, special projects coordinator at the Center for American Music and executive director of the Society for American Music. “Stephen Foster’s Pittsburgh”
• Susan Key, PhD, co-editor of American Mavericks: Musical Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts; author of articles on Foster, John Cage, and early radio. “Voices and Virtues: the parlor songs in Foster’s lifetime”
• Deane Root, PhD, Director of the Center for American Music, Professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh, and Editor in Chief of Grove Music. “How Foster’s Music Reached its Public”
• Dale Cockrell, PhD, Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt University, author of Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World and scholar of the music of Wilder’s Little House books.
"Stephen, Uncle Tom, Black Joe, and Lowly Joys and Sorrows"