An unforgettable evening of science and song, humor and human experience
Unique . . . Profound . . . Entertaining
Featuring Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and author of best seller, My Stroke of Insight, and Carrie Newcomer, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and folk musician
Wednesday, October 28, 7 – 9 PM
$20 in advance/$25 at door
Unity Temple on the Plaza | 707 W. 47th St. | Kansas City, MO 64112
Art and intellect come together in this challenging and entertaining program that showcases a revolutionary approach to meeting beliefs that are different than our own.
Experience the amazing aspects of how the brain in balance contributes to our personal well-being and also can apply to a world population struggling with sometimes conflicting convictions and world views.
In this music and spoken word event, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and Carrie Newcomer explore the intersection of science and spirituality . . . intellect and emotion . . . body and spirit. Together they reveal how a deeper sense of connection and compassion emerge as we achieve a greater balance and integration of these differing aspects within our own brains.
Transformative Stories asks “How can we live more connected, balanced and whole lives, and when we do, how does this transform how we perceive and interact with others in the world?”
Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. In 1996, at the age of 37, she 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.
She wrote about her experience in her memoir, My Stroke of Insight, detailing the morning of the stroke, eight-year recovery, and what she learned through the eyes of a brain scientist who — as she has said — had the privilege of losing her mind.
Dr. Jill was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World (2008), and she presented one of the most widely viewed TED Talks of all time. She 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, recording artist, performer and educator, is a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. She was listed as one of “The 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT.
As a cultural ambassador to India, she toured that country performing for Indian audiences and visiting community services organizations. In 2011 she released her interfaith collaborative benefit album, “Everything is Everywhere” with world master of the Indian Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan. She has performed in schools, hospitals, AIDS clinics, and spiritual communities across Kenya. She facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on topics of songwriting, spirituality and vocation on an international basis.
Her thirteen albums include Kindred Spirits, Before and After, and the critically acclaimed, The Geography of Light. Ms. Newcomer has toured with Alison Krauss Europe, and Nickel Creek recorded her song “I Should’ve Known Better” on its Grammy-winning album, This Side.