- An Event of Uncommon Depth
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Jill Bolte Taylor, internationally recognized neuroanatomist and author of the International and New York Times bestselling My Stroke of Insight, and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, have come together to create Transformative Stories, an unforgettable evening of story and song, language and music, image and information, humor and human experience.
Transformative Stories: Jill Bolte Taylor and Carrie Newcomer bring to the stage a powerful blending of art and science. In our increasingly divided culture, we are encouraged to believe that we live either/or lives. Transformative Stories presents and embodies the idea that our world is both/and, and that our communities, and our lives, are deeply enriched by this integration and interconnection.
Dr. Taylor opens our minds with empowering scientific information, describing how we process information, the mechanics of fear and learning, framing the gifts associated with our right/left brain hemispheres, and how this information allows us the opportunity to make more conscious choices in our daily interactions.
Carrie Newcomer opens our hearts, using music and poetic lyrics to affirm the human journey, the integration of our heart and mind, spirit and body, the persistence of hope, all with a genial good humor and compassion.
During the course of the evening, the two women take turns presenting as they move back and forth in a charming dance that embodies how art and science, intellect and emotion, body and spirit, overlap with one another, and how we as individuals are enhanced by those connections. Dr. Taylor's expertise as a neuroscientist, and her personal story of brain trauma, daily courage, and recovery, inspires listeners, while Newcomer's stories of presence, honoring the ordinary, and her call to us for greater
connectedness, leaves listeners feeling known and comforted.
It is a whole brain experience that audiences leave feeling touched and satisfied on many levels.
Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard trained and published neuroanatomist. Her area of specialty for research was the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it related to schizophrenia. In 1996, at the age of 37, Dr. Jill experienced a rare form of stroke that rendered her so disabled that she could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of her life. It took eight years for her to completely recover all cognitive and physical function.
Dr. Jill is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight, which details the morning of the stroke, her eight-year recovery, and what she learned through the eyes of a brain scientist who had the privilege of losing her mind. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Jill infuses her presentations with appropriate humor.
In 2008, Dr. Jill was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and she is the second most viewed TED talk of all time. In 2012, she founded and directed the Brain Extravaganza, a collaborative community art project that increased our communities’ appreciation and awareness of the human brain. Her not-for-profit organization, Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS is dedicated to increasing brain awareness, education, injury prevention, recovery, and the value of movement on mental and physical health. Bolte Taylor is the National Spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank) and since 1993, she has been an active member of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy winning songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. In recent years she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. Her ability for sharp observation of the world lead the Dallas Morning News to rave, "She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, 'that is so true'." In 2012 Carrie released her 13th album on Rounder Records, Kindred Spirits with prior albums including the critically
acclaimed The Geography of Light. The Gathering of Spirits, and Before and After. She has toured with Alison Krauss Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better”, on their Grammy-winning album This Side. She was listed as one of “The 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT.
In the fall of 2009 and 2011 Newcomer was a cultural ambassador to India invited by the American Embassy of India to tour the country performing for Indian audiences and visiting community services organizations. In October 2011 she released her interfaith collaborative benefit album Everything is Everywhere with world master of the Indian
Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan. In June 2012 Carrie Newcomer traveled to Kenya, Africa performing in schools, hospitals, spiritual community and AIDS clinics. Carrie internationally facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, spirituality and vocation.