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Conney Project

2017 Conney Conference Keynote Speakers

Judith Brin Ingber graduated from Sarah Lawrence College as a dance major. After dancing professionally in NY she moved to Tel Aviv to teach & choreograph for Batsheva Dance Company and work at Inbal Dance Theatre. Her writing on dance in Israel appears in encyclopedias, book chapters, & in her seminal book Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance. Brin Ingber lectures internationally (recently at the Prague Arts Academy) & for universities (Faber lecturer at Princeton University), in Israel and at conferences including the Society of Dance History Scholars. She co-founded the dance and music chamber group Voices of Sepharad, touring the US and internationally.

Ben Schachter is professor of visual art at Saint Vincent College. He earned MFA and MS degrees from Pratt Institute. Recently, he was an ELITalks speaker and discussed Jewish creativity. He also received the Hadassah Brandeis research award. His artwork has been exhibited at Yale University, YU Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Mattress Factory, and other venues throughout the United States. His artwork has also appeared in New York Magazine and Hadassah Magazine. His writing can be found in Drawing in the Twenty-First Century: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Practice, and in It’s a Thin Line: Eruv from Talmudic to Modern Culture. He is working on a book on contemporary Jewish art to be published by Pennsylvania State University Press. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and four children.