Attach and Leap: Creativity and the Good Inclination

Everyone can tap into their own creativity and use it to help deal with adversity. When we do so, we actively choose yitzar tov (good inclination) over yitzar rah (evil inclination). Drawing from her experience as a modern dance choreographer, Lin Batsheva Kahn discusses how creativity provides an important outlet for dealing with misfortune. Kahn argues that creativity helps us build connections with others and move toward goodness in the face of adversity.

Lin Batsheva Kahn is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, IL., where she created and teaches Modern Dance, Diversity in Dance: Paradigms Shifting, Chicago Dancing, and Creativity and Adversity: Psychology, Jewish Thought, and the Arts, as well as gives workshops based on her ELI talk "Creativity and the Good Inclination." She has been twice nominated for the DePaul Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as received nominations for Chicago Tribune’s Remarkable Women (2016), Jewish Chicagoan of the Year from Chicago Jewish News, and 100 Women of Inspiration from Today’s Chicago Woman magazine for dance education and performance (2014). As a 2013 guest lecturer at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Kahn set choreography for Angela Dance Company. In addition, Kahn brought in dancers from Angela to present Israel outside the conflict through dance at DePaul (2015). She is the Artistic Director, founder, choreographer, and a performer with Tikvah Company of Artists, an ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians. Her choreography has been performed in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Jerusalem.

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