Einspruch Lecture Series

Each year, the Holocaust Studies Program at UT Dallas invites eminent scholars and prominent figures in the field of Holocaust Studies to participate in the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series. Open to the public, this forum encourages both students and general audiences to gain insight into some of the ground-breaking research in the field, promoting a much-needed exchange of ideas revolving around the Shoah.

Among the internationally renowned speakers who have delivered lectures in this program are: Randolph L. Braham, John Cornwell, Saul Friedländer, Daniel Goldhagen, Jan Gross, Israel Gutman, Jürgen Habermas, Raul Hilberg, Steven Katz, Lawrence Langer, Vera Laska, David Patterson, Alvin Rosenfeld, István Szabó, Robert S. Wistrich, David S. Wyman, David Roskies, Deborah Lipstadt, Wendy Lower, and Omer Bartov.

The below information is for the Einspruch Lecture Series that have occurred from 2013 – present. The video of the lectures, when available, can be viewed by clicking on the lecture titles.

2017 Einspruch Lectures

November 5th at 4pm – “Holocaust Memorials and the Perpetrators”
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
November 6th at 9am – “Issues in Creating Holocaust Museums and Memorials: The Obligation to the Past, the Responsibilities Toward the Future”
Davidson Auditorium, JSOM

This year’s Einspruch Lecture Series will be presented by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University. Dr. Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher who has also consulted in the conceptual development of museums and the production of historical films. Formerly, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Hymen Goldman Adjunct Professor of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1988–93 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He has previously taught at Wesleyan University, Yale University and has served as a visiting professor at three of the major Washington area universities — George Washington University, The University of Maryland, and American University.

2016 Einspruch Lectures

Géza Röhrig, the star of the Academy Award winning film Son of Saul was this year’s speaker.
An article written about the Einspruch Lectures in the “Texas Jewish Post” can be found here.

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 8pm: Film Screening, Son of Saul
Sunday, Nov 6th at 2pm: Lecture, “Playing Saul in Son of Saul
Monday, Nov. 7th at 9am: Lecture, “On Forgiveness”


If you would like to be added to the invitation mailing list, please email [email protected].

2015 Einspruch Lectures

October 18-19, 2015: Professor Omer Bartov
Dr. Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University and author of Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine, presented two lectures: “The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia” on October 18th and “Investigating Genocide on the Local Level: Challenges and Benefits.”  The video for both lectures should be available online for viewing soon.

2014 Einspruch Lectures

October 26 – 27, 2014: Professor Wendy Lower
Dr. Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College and Research Associate at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, presented the Fall 2014 Burton C. Einspruch Lectures.

Dr. Lower presented two lectures: “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” on Sunday, October 26, and “Traitors to the Homeland: Nazi Collaborators and Soviet Trials in Ukraine” on Monday, October 27.

2013 Einspruch Lectures

October 13 – 14, 2013: Professor Jan Gross
In October, Professor Jan T. Gross, the Norman B. Tomlinson ‘16 and ‘48 Professor of War and Society at Princeton University, presented two lectures in the Einspruch Lecture Series: On the Periphery of the Holocaust: Killings and Pillage of Jews by Their Neighbors and Reception of Neighbors and Current Writing on the Holocaust in Poland. Click on the titles to view the full lectures.

Professor Gross’s research and teaching on modern Europe is focused on comparative politics, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, Soviet and East European politics, and the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw, Professor Gross is a graduate of Warsaw University and Yale University. His often fiercely controversial published works on the Holocaust in Poland includeNeighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland; Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz; and, most recently, Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the Holocaust, described by The New Yorker as a “lucid and chilling book.”

February 24 – 25, 2013: Professor Timothy Snyder
In February, Professor Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, presented two lectures in the Einspruch Lecture Series: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and How Could the Holocaust Have Happened. Professor Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.  In 2001, he joined the faculty at Yale, where he teaches courses on the Holocaust, East European history as global history, and modern East European political history. He is the author of numerous articles and several award-winning books, the most recent being Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). Click on the titles to view the full lectures.