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Caroline Harvey (September 27-October 1)

Caroline Harvey is a poet and performer who has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and competed nationally on the poetry slam circuit. She is also a dancer and yoga expert, as well as a yoga, dance, and meditation instructor, workshop leader, and doula (birth attendant). She is in private practice as a Somatic therapist in Boston, specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, and is the creator of Sacred Groove, an estatic dance practice, Awakening the Yogini: Extraordinary Yoga and Education for Women, and The CranioYoga Work: the Artful Synthesis of Restorative Yin Yoga and CranioSacral Therapy. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Dance from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures. Caroline Harvey coaches the Berklee Poetry Slam Team and helped the team win the "Spirit of the Slam" award at the 2010 National College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This biography came from Caroline Harvey's website.

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Caroline Harvey, performance poet and dancer

Patrice Rushen

(Is unable to visit this year, however we still encourage you to browse her material.)

Multi-Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen. Rushen has fashioned her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer, producer, international recording artist, Rushen has earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers. Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts.” She was the first woman musical director for the Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as head composer/musical director for the Emmy Awards, and the first woman musical director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with and produced for such esteemed artists as Boys II Men, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Prince, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Wonder. Her 1998 album Signature received a Grammy nomination and landed in the top 10 of the adult contemporary jazz charts. Her film composing credits include Men in Black, Waiting to Exhale, and Without You I'm Nothing. Rushen received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2005 for her “outstanding contribution to music and culture.” She spends whatever free time she has working closely with organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for inner-city youth. This biography came from Patrice Rushen's website.

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Patrice Rushen, pianist and composer

Bobby McFerrin (November 1-5)

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is best know for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy." McFerrin is an eternal seeker, always defying the music industry's practical impulse to pigeonhole artists. Drawing from the multitude of musical influences of his youth, McFerrin's diversity and range are incomparable. He demonstrates matchless improvisational skills and an ability to create new vocabularies on the fly. This lifelong musician continues to explore the musical universe, known and unknown, and never seems to run out of new ideas. "There is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin," says Newsweek. "He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child, and a bebop trumpet." Inclusiveness, play, and the universality of voices raised together in song are at the heart of McFerrin's art. "Music for me is like a spiritual journey down into the depths of my soul," says McFerrin. "And I like to think we're all on a journey into our souls. What's down there? That's why I do what I do." This biography came from Bobby McFerrin's website.

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Bobby McFerrin, Africana Studies Visiting Professor