March 19-22, 2009  

Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being and Healing Conference


Student Scholarship Information

UNC-CH and Duke Students: You can apply for a partial scholarship and register for the full Conference for $25.00, thanks to a Robertson Scholars Collaboration Fund Grant. A limited number are scholarships are available and can be requested by emailing Adrienne Brandon. Please provide:

Your name
Your school, Graduate or Undergraduate Status, and class year
Major (if you have declared)
A brief statement describing why you would like to attend the Conference and how it will benefit your academic career.
The subject line of the email must be "Robertson’s Application"

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until we reach the maximum capacity. You will be emailed within two weeks as to the status of your application. If your application is successful, you will receive instructions for registering. Questions can be directed to Adrienne Brandon.

Regular and Student Registration includes: Keynote address by Bradford Keeney, all panels, presentations and workshops (except the Pre-Conference workshop) Vincent Mantsoe performance, lunch on Friday, receptions on Thursday and Saturday evenings, participatory visual art installation with Cici Stevens, and the closing ceremony with Chuck Davis.

Across The Threshold: Creativity, Being & Healing is sponsored by the Duke University Dance Program, with support from a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; and the Robertson Scholars Program Collaboration Fund. Co-Sponsors include the Duke University Department of Theater Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Religion, Graduate Liberal Studies, The Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University Music Department and the Women’s Studies Program.

2009 Conference Keynote Speaker and Performer

Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., will lead a pre-conference workshop and deliver the keynote address on Thursday, March 19, 2009. His field studies on healing and shamanism are chronicled in the critically acclaimed book series, Profiles of Healing, an eleven-volume encyclopedia of the world’s healing practices. He is the author of Shaking Medicine : the Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement. Read more >
Bradford Keeney website:

Vincent Mantsoe, a South African dancer and choreographer, will lead a workshop on Friday, March 20 and present the keynote performance on Saturday, March 21, 2009. Mantsoe merges several movement influences into “Afro-fusion”, drawing on traditional African dance forms with a contemporary approach from modern, ballet and Asian forms such as Tai Chi, Martial Art and traditional Balinese dance. Read more >
Vincent Mantsoe website: