Teaching the Past, Changing the Future
Over the past two decades, the Center for Holocaust Studies of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has developed a significant international reputation. Its multi-faceted program, housed in UTD's School of Arts and Humanities, is augmented and supported by the Ackerman Challenge Endowment, the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies, the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series, and the Arnold A. Jaffe Holocaust Book Collection.
The diversity of this Program allows us to initiate and promote broadly based study units of the Shoah, bringing invaluable pedagogical, intellectual, and ethical insights to our students as well as to the larger community of the metroplex. In this way, the Center provides a greater historical and moral awareness of what happened when the Third Reich shattered the world of Europe, and created shock waves that still exert an impact on our contemporary consciousness.
Studying these events enables us to explore the nature of prejudice and teach, by unmistakable implication, sympathy, solidarity, and compassion.