Upcoming Events

All events will be held virtually until further notice. Please visit the University’s COVID Webpage for the latest updates from UT Dallas.

State of the Center

Wednesday, March 3 | 2pm CST

Join Dr. Nils Roemer as he presents updates from the University and the Ackerman Center, including a special announcement.

Click here to register.

51st Annual Scholars’ Conference 

Please join us on March 7th as we continue the important legacy established by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke more than fifty years ago. Rather than a traditional multi-day conference, this year’s ASC will feature three distinguished speakers that will address the past, present, and future of Holocaust studies. Learn more on the ASC webpage.

11am CST – Ackerman Center Distinguished Lecture:
Dr. Yehuda Bauer, 
Denial and Distortion of Holocaust MemoryProfessor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem.

2pm CST – Michael and Elaine Jaffe Lecture:
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, “
Shoah Through Muslim Eyes”
Director/HGI, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College

5pm CST – Mitchell L. and Miriam Lewis Barnett Lecture:
Pieter Kohnstam, “A Chance to Live: A Family’s Journey to Freedom
Holocaust survivor and member of the Board of Directors for The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect


Sunday, March 21 | 2pm CST
Dr. Ali Alibhai, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas
“Mending Fragments of Time: How the Lives of Jewish Merchants Shape Our Understanding of the Medieval Islamic World.”

Based on his own research, Dr. Alibhai will focus on the history of the Geniza documents and how medieval letters that were written between Jewish merchants enhance our understanding of medieval Islamic social history and material culture.

This event is presented free of charge, but pre-registration is requested by clicking here.

Annual Race Workshop

Wednesday, March 24 | 11am CST
“Conversations on Mestizaje, Transculturation, and Anti-Black Racism in Latin America”
Dr. Jose Espericueta, University of Dallas
Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa, University of Cambridge

This will be the sixth race workshop hosted by the Ackerman Center. Please click here to learn more about the previous workshops.

This event is presented free of charge, but pre-registration is requested by clicking here.

Spring Lecture Series

Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture Series: Jewish and National Memory of Dictatorships in Latin America. (Click on the dates to register for the individual lectures)

Wednesday, March 31 | 4pm CST
Dr. Amy Kerner, Fellow of the Jacqueline and Michael Wald Professorship in Holocaust Studies
“Language and Trauma: Yiddish in Post-Dictatorship Argentina”

Wednesday, April 14 | 4pm CST
Dr. Pedro Gonzalez Corona, Visiting Assistant Professor
“Memories of Social Engineering: State-Sponsored Violence in Mexico and Argentina”

Wednesday, April 28 | 4pm CST
Dr. Sarah Valente, Visiting Assistant Professor
“The Holocaust & Dictatorship in Brazilian Literature”

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, April 8th

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was first observed in 1953 to remember and honor the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and to celebrate those who survived. In 2016, the Ackerman Center began commemorating the day by having students, staff, faculty, and members of the community recite poems in various languages.

This year’s event will once again be held virtually. Check the event’s webpage for highlights from previous years and updates about the details for this year as they develop.

If interested in participating by reading a poem or prose excerpt in any language, please contact [email protected].

Author Talk

Friday, April 23rd |  11am CST
“Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil”
Dr. Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum

Join Dr. Nils Roemer as he discusses the new book, Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, with its author, Dr. Susan Neiman.

Presented free of charge in conjunction with the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas. Pre-registration is requested by clicking here.

Faculty Outreach Event

Sunday, April 25th |  1pm CST
“The Essence of Antisemitism”
Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies

In this presentation, Dr. Patterson will examine the recurring tropes and themes found in antisemitism throughout history. He identifies three basic keys to understanding the essence of the millennial hatred of the Jews: (1) the appropriation of the Holy Word or the Word of Truth, (2) the motif of Blood, from spilling blood to consuming blood to purifying blood, and (3) the project of Redemption, whether it is the entry into a heavenly paradise or the totalitarian establishment of a paradise on earth.

This is event is part of the First Annual Nishmat Am Speakers’ Series and is being co-sponsored by the Ackerman Center. More details, including a link to join this live event virtually, will be forthcoming.

Please click on the above dates to register for each lecture individually.

The Ackerman Center is in the process of scheduling additional events for this semester. Please check back as we will be adding them as they are finalized. 

All events are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]