Noted Holocaust Scholar to Speak at UT Dallas

Oct. 29, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies presents Dr. David Patterson on Nov. 1 and 2 for its annual Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series.

Patterson holds the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies and is the director of the Bornblum Judaic Studies Program at the University of Memphis. He has served on the International Scholars Board of Advisors for Facing History, an educational organization that has a global network of classroom teachers and professors conducting seminars, workshops and online lessons about civic responsibility, tolerance and social justice. A member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Association for Jewish Studies, he has delivered lectures at numerous universities and community organizations around the world.

A prolific author and scholar, Patterson has published more than 30 books and 130 journal articles and chapters, including Along the Edge of Annihilation: The Collapse and Recovery of Life in the Holocaust Diary, winner of the 2009 Koret Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, and Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust, which received the 2009 National Jewish Book Award. For his work on the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature, Patterson received the 2003 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Reference Source.

Patterson will give two lectures while at UT Dallas:

  • 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1. “The Nazi Assault on the Holy Within the Human” begins with a reception at the UT Dallas Conference Center followed by the lecture at 4:45 p.m.
  • 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2. “The Black Book of Lithuanian Jewry,” also in the Conference Center.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. For more information or to make reservations, please call (972) 883-2100 or email holocauststudies@utdallas.edu. Additional information can be found at http://www.utdallas.edu/holocaust/.

The Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series is an endowed series that brings the world’s most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust to UT Dallas and the North Texas Community. The lectures give students, scholars and the general public insight into the newest research on the Shoah, and offer a forum where they can share and discuss their latest findings with general audiences as well as with students and faculty. The series’ purpose is to help others understand the crisis the Holocaust created in the world, and to study its relevance and meaning for humanity in the 21st century.


Media Contact: Meredith Dickenson, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, meredith.dickenson@utdallas.edu
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David Patterson Dr. David Patterson received the 2003 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Reference Source for his work on the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature.

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