News and Events
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will be presenting a series of lectures given by our three endowed professors this spring:
March 30th – “‘Does the angel of freedom guard their great dream?’ Poetry and the Holocaust”
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
April 6th – “Stolen Art That Was Never Returned”
Dr. Nils Roemer
April 13th – “The Book Thief’s Reply to ‘Why the Jews?’”
Dr. David Patterson
For more information, please click here.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum – Docent Program
Beginning on Feb. 15th , The Dallas Holocaust Museum will accept applications for their 2014 Docent Training Program.
Please click on the below flyer for more information
The 44th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches:
Remembering for the Future: Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California on March 8-11, 2014.
Two graduate students from the Holocaust Studies Program will be presenting
Sarah Valente, Belofsky Fellow and PhD student “Holocaust Education for Future Generations in Brazil”
Mary Catherine Mueller, PhD student “The Significance of the Four Prophet Figures in Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust Memoir: Night”
Dr. David Patterson, Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies, will also be in attendance at the conference to present on the Holocaust and the Church.
Jessica Braccio, who is currently in her second year of her PhD with a concentration in History of Ideas, has had her article entitled “The Destruction of Jewish Femininity and Motherhood in Auschwitz” published in the current issue of the study and research scientific journal “Holocaust.”
This paper examines Sara Nomberg-Przytyk’s True Tales from a Grotesque Land to show that two very strong motifs emerge: the assault and destruction of Jewish Femininity (and general) and motherhood. The assault on femininity manifests through the degradation of the human body, promoting a loss of dignity, even at times at the hands of other women. Arguably, then, the attacks on femininity are also an attack on motherhood. In both cases the ultimate goal for the Nazis was to destroy Jewish culture.
To supplement my argument, I use the theoretical works of Judith Butler and R.W.Connell in my analysis of the destruction of femininity not only of the Jewish prisoners but also the Jewish guards in Auschwitz. I draw on Butler’s ideas regarding the destruction of gender norms (as they apply to women), as well as R.W. Connell’s views hegemonic and subordinate masculinities as they apply to femininity. The eventual degradation of femininity leads to the destruction of Jewish motherhood. To further explain this phenomenon, I employ the theoretical work of David Patterson, who contends that the Nazis knowingly attacked Jewish motherhood because the Jewish belief in God the Mother is intimately connected to God the Father. To destroy the mother, is thus an attack on the Jewish God. Additionally, the paper shows that the Nazis attempted to eradicate Jewish motherhood by destroying what is most precious to the Jewish people, children.
This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.
Polyphony In Concert March 6
The Polyphony Concert on March 6th is part of a multi city tour in the US featuring two youth string quartets. Each quartet consists of two Arab and two Jewish student musicians. David Broza, Israeli singer song writer and a strong supporter of Polyphony, will play along with the student musicians. David Broza’s appearance with this group is exclusive to Dallas.
For further information visit the Jewish Community Center of Dallas Website
Call for Fellows
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University is inviting applications for fellowships to participate in the nineteenth annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization from June 22 to July 3, 2014, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. For further information, please visit their website.
24th Annual Conference: Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
July 20-22, 2014
Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community
The Berman Dissertation Fellowships – two awards of $16,000 each for the 2014-15 academic year – aim to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience; enhance funding opportunities for up-and-coming scholars; and encourage graduate students in the social sciences to expand their research to include study of North American Jewry. Preference will be given to applicants seeking support for doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered. Applicants must be PhD candidates at accredited higher educational institutions who have completed their comprehensive exams and received approval for their dissertation proposals (ABD). Doctoral students from outside the field of Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply.
Further details are available on the AJS website
Application Deadline: Friday, March 14th, 2014
Center for Jewish History Archival Fellowship Program
Presented in collaboration with Columbia University's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
The Center for Jewish History, with support from The Rothschild Foundation
(Hanadiv) Europe, and Columbia University are pleased to announce six fellowships open to graduate students, post-graduates, and early career professionals in the humanities.
This six-week program will begin July 1, 2014 and end on August 12, 2014.
Start and end dates are slightly negotiable if they conflict with academic calendars or other scheduling issues. Over the course of thirty weekdays, fellows will receive 200 hours of intensive hands-on training and practice in archival work. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of $4000 for their participation in the program.
Please submit the following application materials to Rachel Miller, Senior Manager for Archival Services, at email@example.com:
- Resume or CV
- 1-2 page academic writing sample in English
- Cover letter that details how this program fits with the candidate's interests
- List of 3 references
Application deadline is March 2, 2014. Application review will begin immediately. No phone calls, please. For more information, please visit fellowships.cjh.org
Seminar on Archival and Historical Research
May 19-22, 2014
The Center for Jewish History Seminar on Archival and Historical Research is a four-day program for rising college seniors, MA students and first- and second-year doctoral students to learn the skills of conducting archival research at one of the premier research libraries in the United States. The seminar's focus is on learning a variety of tools for accessing information and incorporating archival and library research into specific projects. In addition, participants will be introduced to the vast holdings of the Center's partner organizations, and the ways those collections are created, stored, and preserved.
Applications are welcome from rising college seniors, recent university and college graduates, MA students, and PhD candidates in their first two years of matriculation.
- Cover letter that briefly addresses your interest in participating
in the research seminar, knowledge of foreign languages, and previous use of archives or special collections.
- Three-page proposal addressing why you would benefit from
participating in the Center for Jewish History Seminar and how the seminar fits in with your long-term goals.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
Applications are due by March 17, 2014. All application materials should be submitted as one continuous PDF or World file firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. Letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover. Questions may be sent to Christopher Barthel, Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Please check back periodically for announcements about upcoming events, conferences, and other relevant information.