Lecture

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Roger H. Brown and Linda A. Mason

Thursday / September 25, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Linda A. Mason
Roger H. Brown

Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) is proud to present Berklee president Roger H. Brown and his wife, Linda A. Mason, as keynote speakers for this installment of the Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series. Together, Brown and Mason founded the company Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc., a successful, publicly traded company that is a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services, and other work/life solutions. Come hear this inspiring couple discuss entrepreneurship, musicianship, and their life journey.

Roger H. Brown
Berklee president Roger H. Brown brings a rich array of professional and life experiences to his work leading the world’s largest college of contemporary music—skills accrued playing recording sessions as a drummer in New York, administering United Nations humanitarian operations in Southeast Asia and Africa, and founding Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. his wife, Linda Mason. Bright Horizons now employs more than 24,000 people and serves more than 80,000 families. Brown and Mason have jointly received many accolades, including the Ernst & Young/USA TODAY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the White House’s Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership.

Linda A. Mason
Linda Mason was recently appointed leader-in-residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She also serves as chair of the Global Leadership Council for Mercy Corps, a $450 million international relief and development agency playing a major role in crisis areas around the world, where she has traveled extensively, working closely with the United States government on major international initiatives. Earlier in her career, she ran emergency relief operations for CARE and Save the Children in Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to Bright Horizons, Mason, along with her husband, also cofounded Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization providing childcare and related services to homeless children and their parents.

Admission: 
Free and open to public

Cuba: Connections, Context and Culture with Dr. Bill Banfield

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come hear Dr. Bill Banfield recount his travels to Havana, Cuba including sharing his documentary film, photography, music, and images of contemporary paintings. Learn and discuss the richness of the musical and cultural treasure that is Cuba.

Banfield serves the Liberal Arts Deptartment at Berklee as professor of Africana studies/ music and society, and director of the Center for Africana Studies and programs. An award winning composer, jazz guitarist, recording artist, and public radio show host, he has authored five books for Scarecrow Press on music, arts, cultural criticism, and history, and currently serves as series editor for jazz and cultural studies.  Dr. Cornel West has called him "one of the last grand Renaissance men in our time.. a towering artist, exemplary educator, rigorous scholar, courageous freedom fighter." 

 

Presented by the Stan Getz Library

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Goal Setting and Inspiring Your Professional Path with Yehuda Azoulay

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
7 Haviland, Room 310
Boston
MA

Yehuda Azoulay will share his story as a professional in education, publishing, and social media and tools he has employed for organization, goal setting, prioritizing, and more. He will also share how he approached his own learning disability and focused on his strengths. He will then hear from students about their own stories and goals and help to provide resources and brainstorm ideas about how they can orient themselves; understanding the parallel to his story and their multi-stranded talents and cross-disciplinary aspirations.

Yehuda also hopes to meet with students, staff, and faculty and visit classes as schedules allow. For more information, please contact dnicole@berklee.edu. Read about all of the upcoming events with Yehuda on September 18 and 19.

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Yehuda Azoulay is a young and passionate noted scholar, educator, author, activist, and entrepreneur. He is devoted to his studies in Torah, historical research, education, and passionate about all forms of Sephardic studies. At the age of nineteen, Yehuda Azoulay started a comprehensive initiative toward creating a specialized research institute and publishing company to highlight the experience and history of Jews of African, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South American, and Hispanic descent. This institute became known as The Sephardic Legacy Series.

Thanks to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Yehuda Azoulay will speak to Berklee students during a special teaching visit September 18 and 19, and will be available to meet with faculty, visit classes, etc.

Admission: 
Free

The Diversity of Sephardic Jewry/Hacham Ovadia Yosef Book Discussion with Yehuda Azoulay

Friday / September 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
22 Fenway, Room 204
Boston
MA

This multimedia workshop will focus on what Sephardic Jewry is from an historical and cultural perspective and how Sephardic Jews have contributed to society and the world. The inclusive nature of the approach to both Judaism, interpersonal relationships, and intercultural dialog will be a focus of the discussion. At the end of the workshop, Yehuda will share briefly from his upcoming biography about the late Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic world; Maran Hacham Ovadia Yosef, whose yartzeit (anniversary that commemorates a person's passing) is approaching.

Yehuda also hopes to meet with students, staff, and faculty and visit classes as schedules allow. For more information, please contact dnicole@berklee.edu. Read about all of the upcoming events with Yehuda on September 18 and 19.

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Yehuda Azoulay is a young and passionate noted scholar, educator, author, activist, and entrepreneur. He is devoted to his studies in Torah, historical research, education, and passionate about all forms of Sephardic studies. At the age of nineteen, Yehuda Azoulay started a comprehensive initiative toward creating a specialized research institute and publishing company to highlight the experience and history of Jews of African, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South American, and Hispanic descent. This institute became known as The Sephardic Legacy Series.

Thanks to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Yehuda Azoulay will speak to Berklee students during a special teaching visit September 18 and 19, and will be available to meet with faculty, visit classes, etc.

Admission: 
Free

Sephardic Music, Melodies, and Influence with Yehuda Azoulay

Thursday / September 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
7 Haviland, Room 310
Boston
MA

Through audio, video, and singing examples, learn about the music and liturgy of the Sephardic Jewry of The Middle East, Africa, South America, Brazil, Spain, and more developed, and how these melodies influenced traditional and contemporary styles. In the Q&A period, students will be welcome to share their own music and music they listen to with these melodic and harmonic influences as well.

Yehuda also hopes to meet with students, staff, and faculty and visit classes as schedules allow. For more information, please contact dnicole@berklee.edu. Read about all of the upcoming events with Yehuda on September 18 and 19.

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Yehuda Azoulay is a young and passionate noted scholar, educator, author, activist, and entrepreneur. He is devoted to his studies in Torah, historical research, education, and passionate about all forms of Sephardic studies. At the age of nineteen, Yehuda Azoulay started a comprehensive initiative toward creating a specialized research institute and publishing company to highlight the experience and history of Jews of African, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South American, and Hispanic descent. This institute became known as The Sephardic Legacy Series.

Thanks to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Yehuda Azoulay will speak to Berklee students during a special teaching visit September 18 and 19, and will be available to meet with faculty, visit classes, etc.

Admission: 
Free

SXSW V2V: What Rockers Can Teach Startups

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 1:45 p.m.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV
United States
89109

What does it take to launch a great startup? The common answers tend to be a great business plan, a cool idea, flawless execution by the founders, and access to vast amounts of capital. But is that really the case?

This panel, presented by the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) will challenge these assumptions. Though many assume that successful entrepreneurship is about good planning, thoughtful analysis, and flawless execution (all left brain disciplines), most accomplished entrepreneurs say their approach closer resembles musical improvisation.  A person starts with a general concept but begins creating by using available "ingredients;" trial and error; attentive and persistent listening; evaluating; iterating; and just as importantly, gut feel (right brain activities). More support for this idea is underscored by the fact that many successful founders—such as ones from Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Fenway Sports Group, Kayak, Groupon, and Silver Lake Partners—are musicians.

Combining musical performance, workshop, and discussion, this interactive panel will draw parallels between musical creation and startup founding in unexpected ways. Can skills often associated with musicianship and creativity, such as listening, collaborating, synthesizing and improvising really boost the odds of success for entrepreneurs?

Panelists 

  • Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director, BerkleeICE
  • Ken Zolot, Lecturer, MIT
  • Steve Bailey, Chair, Berklee Bass Department
  • Ruth Blatt, Writer, Forbes and The Rock Band Project
Admission: 
Select Berklee students and alumni can apply for a free pass to SXSW V2V, courtesy of SXSW.

Simone Pilon: Africana Studies Lecture

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Simone Pilon, chair of the Liberal Arts Department, will lecture on a topic relating to music and society.

Admission: 
Free

What’s Your Story: Building Your Personal Brand

Wednesday / April 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bobby Riley, CEO of Soldier Design, an internationally recognized brand-building consultancy, has led a host of influential brand-building initiatives over the past decade. Those initiatives include global ad campaign work for Nike’s Jordan brand, promotion of Capt. Sig Hansen’s Northwestern brand (as seen on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch), and support of Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia's brand at New Balance. 

If you've even thought to yourself, “Why do I really have to care about this as an artist, producer, or business leader?" Riley will walk you through the reasons for and process of managing your reputation and your brand so that as your influence grows people will know what you stand for and why you stand for it. This will be a practical, hands-on session with Riley, who will share some insights in order to get you thinking about how to best answer some of these questions.

Join us! Whether you’re on the job hunt, just about to launch a new project, or gainfully employed, you can benefit from thinking, acting, and planning like a business leader.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Kevin Augunas Production Clinic

Tuesday / March 25, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

In this open class, Kevin Augunas, a multi-talented producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter and musician, offers his knowledge of equipment, production, and song crafting – knowledge which has afforded him the freedom to capture the energy of a recoding with his truly detailed, delicate approach. Augunas has worked with artists such as Cold War Kids, Sinead O’Connor, Panic at the Disco, The Vandals, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Starting out as a session bass player, Augunas played in different bands that would record low-budget demos around New York City, and he soon began engineering some of these sessions himself. Owner of an incredible collection of vintage recording equipment, his treasure trove of gear is anchored by his EMI TG12345 Mark IV recording console—one of two consoles specially built for Abbey Road Studios in London. The console was the first of two delivered and was initially installed in Studio 1 in November 1974. The console was used to record many famous records and film scores, one of the more notable being for the Pink Floyd film The Wall.

Admission: 
Free

Kim Russo: The Happy Medium

Thursday / May 15, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Kim Russo
Kim Russo is a psychic medium who stars and hosts the Lifetime Movie Network's No. 1 hit show, The Haunting Of.... The New York Post calls Russo “the best medium this side of the other side.” This evening will feature Russo seeking to bridge the gap between the worlds of the living and the departed. After introducing the audience to her gift, Russo will walk the room, feeling the energy and listening to the spirits of the deceased.
 
Please note: you must be 18 years or older to receive a reading. Receiving a reading is not a substitute for professional, legal, financial, medical, or psychiatric advice or care. Please seek the advice of a trained medical doctor about any health concerns. Any decision you make as a result of a reading is a result of your own free will. All readings are subject to the client's interpretation. It is also understood by the purchaser that participating in a gallery reading with Kim Russo provides no guarantees for your own personal reading.
 
Admission: 
$100, $58, $48, $38, reserved seating

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