Bergman has been researching and writing about Michael Jackson's dance work over the last five years. She matriculated into the doctoral program in Dance Studies at Temple University in the fall of 2015.
She has presented the following papers at various conferences around the United States:
Bad and Cool: Influence, Assimilation, and Appropriation in the Film West Side Story and Michael Jackson's Music Video (2012) Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, Philadelphia (2013) Popular Culture/ American Culture Association National Conference, Washington DC
Michael Jackson Dances Black or White: Race, Postmodernism, and Kinesthetic Empathy (2014) Popular Culture/ American Culture Association National Conference, Chicago
Palpable Absence: Michael Jackson's Dancing Hologram (2014) Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association Conference, Baltimore (2015) Popular Culture/ American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans
A Revision: Allusions, Citations, and Cultural Literacy: Michael Jackson’s Choreographing Versioning (2015) Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture conference, Philadelphia
Versioning Film Musicals into Music Videos: Michael and Janet Jackson as (Re)visionaries (2016) Popular Culture Association's National Conference, Seattle
"The Moonwalk Came From These Beautiful Children": Michael Jackson's Choregraphic Debts (2016) Society of Dance History Scholars and COngress on Research in Dance joint conference, Pomona, CA
Public lectures: In April of 2013, Elizabeth gave the lecture "Michael Jackson: Pop Superstar" at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos, Lebanon. The half-hour lecture emphasized the historical and cultural roots of Jackson's iconic dancing and concluded with a question and answer discussion. Thanks goes to Dr. Nadra Assaf and the International Dance Day Festival Lebanon (IDDFL).