Keynote Speakers

Anne Basting, PhD is an educator, scholar, and artist whose work focuses on the potential for the
arts and humanities to improve our quality of life as communities and individuals. For over 15 years,
Basting has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long-term care. Basting
is author of numerous articles, two books, Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with
Dementia and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture, and named a
2016 MacArthur Fellow. Basting is founder and President of the award-winning nonprofit TimeSlips
Creative Storytelling, which brings meaning back into the lives of elders with dementia wherever
they live. She is working toward a moment when the arts are an integral element in our care systems.

David “Lucky” Goff, PhD, author and community organizer, had a brain aneurism in 2003, which
lead to the onset of a rare brain syndrome, the brink of death, and permanent disability. This
experience had a transformative effect on David, making him “lucky”, and cued him into how
radically connected all things are. This broader awareness now informs his approach to what it
means to be human. He writes extensively about a psychology of interdependence, community,
elders, and the conditions that lead to a social and ecological sense of connection. He approaches
aging in innovative ways, using learning techniques from a host of oral traditions to discover what
promotes, heals, and binds together a culture where elders are seen, and see themselves, as valuable
and essential contributors.

Wendy Miller, PhD is a sculptor, writer, expressive arts therapist and educator. She is the cofounder
of Create Therapy Institute, and the founding member, and first elected (past) executive co-chair of
the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Miller’s skills take her into the worlds of fine
art, writing, psychology, expressive arts therapy and mind-body medicine. She has published on
medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy, experiential
approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and on the cultural responsibility of the arts in
therapy. She continues to research the relationships among the arts, creativity and health, and will be
publishing her book from the writing that she and her late husband Gene Cohen did together,
entitled: Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way through Creativity, Aging and Illness Time.