This is the inaugural event of BerkleeICE's Creative Catalysts series, designed to catalyze and explore the commonalities between art, science, and the entrepreneurial mind. The kick-off event pairs, on stage, three Berklee chairs (Steve Bailey, Bonnie Hayes, and Sean Jones) and three world-renowned scientists (Calestous Juma, Jané Kondev, and Sujata Bhatia) to explore, in an improvisatory format, the interplay between music and science centered around three themes: sustenance, resilience, and transcendence.
BerkleeICE advisory group member and Babson Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project founder Daniel Isenberg will moderate this session of the Creative Catalysts, adapted from the World Economic Forum’s Creative Spark series he helped launch in 2014. This unique experience and format will push the boundaries of creativity, performance, science, and innovation closer together.
PROGRAM (subject to change)
7:30–7:45 p.m. Introduction and welcoming remarks (Roger H. Brown, president of Berklee; Panos Panay, director of BerkleeICE; Dan Isenberg)
7:45–8:15 p.m. Sustenance—Bonnie Hayes, Calestous Juma, audience experience
8:15–8:20 p.m. Jam
8:20–8:50 p.m. Resilience—Steve Bailey, Sujata Bhatia, audience experience
8:50–8:55 p.m. Jam
8:55–9:25 p.m. Transcendence—Sean Jones, Jané Kondev, audience experience
9:25–9:55 p.m. Performers, observers, catalyzers
Dan Isenberg has been a professor at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, and Babson, and has been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author (Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, Harvard 2013), and policy advisor (entrepreneurial-revolution.com). He has moderated numerous innovative and unique activities at Davos and other World Economic Forum events. Isenberg is on the advisory board of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and is currently founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project.
Bonnie Hayes wrote the hit songs “Have a Heart” and “Love Letter” from the acclaimed Bonnie Raitt album Nick of Time. She has also written songs for Cher, Bette Midler, David Crosby, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, Booker T. and the MGs, and many more. Hayes produced the Gospel Hummingbirds’s Grammy-nominated 1992 album Steppin’ Out and toured with pop-punk icon Billy Idol. She scored a college radio hit with the 1980s cult favorite “Shelley’s Boyfriend,” which also appeared with another of Hayes’s songs in the 1983 motion picture Valley Girl. She is chair of the Songwriting Department at Berklee.
Calestous Juma is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also directs the center's Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; serves as faculty chair of the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program; and is the faculty chair of the Innovation for Economic Development executive program. Juma is a former executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and founding director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been elected to several scientific academies, including the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and won international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies. His latest book is The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa (Oxford), published in 2011.
Steve Bailey, an influential six-string fretless bass pioneer, educator, and author, is chair of Berklee's Bass Department. He succeeds Rich Appleman, who retired in May 2012 after holding the position for 40 years. A partial list of Bailey's extensive recording and performance credits include projects with Paquito D'Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Lew Tabackin, Victor Wooten, Dave Liebman, Claudio Roditti, Hank Jones, Michel Camilo, the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Kilauea, Jethro Tull, Jon Anderson, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, Larry Carlton, Emily Remler, Kitaro, Tab Benoit, Chris Duarte, Mel Torme, and Johnny Witherspoon.
Jané Kondev is a theoretical physicist who works on problems in molecular and cell biology. He is a recipient of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and he has coauthored a prize-winning book on the physics of living cells. He teaches at Brandeis University, where he is the chair of the Physics Department and the codirector of the graduate program in quantitative biology. Last year he was one of 15 newly appointed professors of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In his research, he combines mathematical explorations with experiments on biological molecules and living cells with the goal of uncovering the basic principles of life.
Sean Jones is a world-class trumpeter and composer who has released four albums on Mack Avenue Records and is featured on the Grammy Award–winning album Turned to Blue by Nancy Wilson. With each new project he adds a new style to his repertoire—modern bop, funk/soul, gospel—and on Kaleidoscope, his latest release, he showcases the music and voices of top-flight singers. This show will feature a brief set by Jones and his band that will segue into jam sessions with Berklee students. He is chair of Berklee’s Brass Department.
Sujata K. Bhatia is a lecturer on Biomedical Engineering at Harvard, as well as an associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She received an M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then worked from 2003 to 2011 at DuPont. She is an expert in bioadhesives for wound closure, minimally invasive medical devices, and tissue regeneration. Sujata is the author of Biomaterials for Clinical Applications, and has served on panels and committees for the National Academy of Engineering, NASA, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
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