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Keynote Speaker

Catherine M. Soussloff University of California Presidential Chair Professor, History of Art & Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz Professor Soussloff is the editor of, and a contributor to, the first comprehensive study of Jewish identity in the context of art history. Jewish Identity in Modern Art History, (University of California Press) was published in 1999 and the seminal text opened the door to a much needed discourse on the contributions of Jewish Artists to the culture of Modern and Post-Modern Art.  She is a renowned scholar in the area of art and visual culture whose research has been recognized with the appointment of a Presidential Chair at UC Santa Cruz in recognition of her “distinguished scholarship and continuing efforts in the areas of interdisciplinary teaching, research, and publication activities on performance and the visual arts.”  Professor Soussloff has an article forthcoming in Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 2 (2007) titled, Teaching the Three A’s of Jewish Identity and Visual Representation: Assimilation, Aniconism, and Art.