Teryl Dobbs is associate professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding appointments in both the School of Music and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction while serving as a member of the University’s Disability Studies Initiative. Dobbs holds the Ph.D. in music studies/music education from Northwestern University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and pedagogy. As a scholar, she investigates musical representations of trauma and pedagogies related to the Shoah; undertakes archival study of child survivor testimonies regarding music learning activities in Theresienstadt; interrogates theories of disability and nondisability within music education; and explores preservice music educators’ constructions of teaching identity and praxis.
Aviv Kammay is a music educator, Beatles scholar, and composer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He received his degree in Music Education from the Lewinsky College of Education and Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and his Masters’ of Music Education from Northwestern University. He has taught students in both Israel and the United States, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to adults. Aviv arrived in Madison in 2010 where he is the music educator at Wingra School. He regularly leads singing at local Jewish community events.
Since 2003 Aviv has been the music director at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute, a Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He serves there as a member of the Tiferet artists team, leading a unique, collaborative fine arts program for Jewish youth who have a special interest in combining their art with Jewish studies.
Aviv’s compositions have been performed in Israel and the United States and have won him several awards, including the Guild of Temple Musicians 2009 Young Composer award. He lives on the East side of Madison with his wife, Parthy, their son, Noam, and their furry companion, Shmuely the cat.
Leah Kolb is associate curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Solo curatorial projects include Calculated Manipulations: Structural Films at MMoCA (2012), I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III (2013), Jason Yi: A Fragile Permanence (June 2014), Narayan Mahon: Lands in Limbo (December 2014), and Kim Schoen: Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong? (September 2015). Most recently, she has also worked in collaboration with Stephen Fleischman on Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century (February 2015) and with Richard Axsom on the forthcoming travelling exhibition and accompanying catalogue raisonne Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective (February, 2016).
Steve Olson spent eighteen years teaching English in New York City prep schools (mainly Jewish) before coming to Madison with his family. Much to his surprise, he was hired as a Madison police officer, and he spent three years patrolling the South Side at night before resuming his teaching career. He retired from West High School, where film study and English literature were probably his most sought-after classes. Among his former students are authors Elizabeth Wurtzel (“Prozac Nation”), Daphne Merkin (“Dreaming of Hitler”), and Ehud Havazelet (“Bearing the Body”) plus–from West H.S.–an assistant curator at MMOCA, Leah Kolb. The several hundred people he arrested shall remain nameless.
Robert Skloot (Bob) retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching, directing and administrating at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His career has included serving as Fulbright Professor in Israel (1980-81), Austria (F 1988), Chile (F 1995) and The Netherlands (S 2005), and as Fulbright Specialist in England (2013). He is the author and editor of many books and essays about the theatre of the Holocaust and genocide, including The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust (1988) and the two-volume anthology The Theatre of the Holocaust (1981; 1999) and The Theatre of Genocide: Four Plays about Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Armenia (2008). In 2011, Skloot was chosen for inclusion in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide, ed. Bartrop and Jacobs (2011). Over a generation, Skloot has presented scores of lectures throughout the United States and internationally on subject that include: the Arts of the Holocaust, the Theatre and Genocide, Holocaust Education, American Theatre and Drama, etc.
Skloot’s play, If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide (2006), has been read around the U.S. and internationally (Sarajevo, The Hague,) and in its Spanish version (Aunque Todo El Cuerpo Muera) in Cuba and Peru. Polish, German and Hebrew translations have been recently completed.
Andrea Steinberger, site director of the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, has served as the rabbi at the Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, Madison at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life since 1999. She received a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She works with UW students through teaching, holiday programming, alternative break programs and trips, and one-on-one conversations. She participates in regular dialogue, projects and programs in the Madison Jewish community and at state-wide events in the larger community. Andrea is married to and works with her husband, Greg Steinberger, the executive director of UW Hillel. They have three children.