Renowned photographic artist, cultural/environmental activist, and filmmaker Chris Jordan will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming conference on the Duke University campus. “Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being, & Healing” (February 28–March 3) is an interdisciplinary conference of artists, scientists, spiritual activists, healers, and academicians focused this year on personal, social, and environmental transformation.
Jordan, who will be in residence at Duke as a Visiting Artist, will give his keynote presentation on “Encountering Midway: The Roles of Grief, Hope, and Love in Healing Our World,” focusing on his years of work documenting Midway Atoll in the North Pacific, which is covered by massive amounts of garbage and debris. As a prelude to the conference Jordan will present a sneak peek of his in-progress feature documentary, Midway, which explores the plight of Laysan albatross on the atoll who are plagued by the ingestion of our plastic trash. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross as a mirror of our humanity. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m. / Free Screening of Midway / Griffith Film Theater, Bryan University Center, Duke West Campus / 125 Science Dr., Durham, North Carolina
Thursday, February 28, 8–9:30 p.m. / Keynote Presentation for “Across the Threshold” / Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center, Duke West Campus / 308 Research Dr., Durham, North Carolina
“Across the Threshold” is hosted by the Duke Dance Program in collaboration with a number of other Duke entities, including the Center for Documentary Studies.