Past Events

Fall 2018

November 11th:
Confronting The Past
Led by Dr. Nils Roemer, the Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies, “Confronting the Past” was an interdisciplinary and multi-media event that centers around the darker histories of Dallas. The event, underwritten by the Communities Foundation of Texas, featured an original dance performance, the official launch of the Ackerman Center’s Digital Exhibit Series: “The History of Racism and Hatred” and scholarly presentations from faculty, students, and alumni from both UT Dallas and SMU.

October 28th & 29th:
Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series

Sunday, October 28th – “Why? Explaining the Holocaust” Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
Prof. Hayes discussed the findings of his newest book via an exploration of two fundamental questions raised by the Holocaust: Why were Jews killed?  Why didn’t anyone stop the murder? Photos from Sunday’s lectures can be viewed here.

Monday, October 29th – “German Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust”
Prof. Hayes outlined the surprisingly contemporary motivations that induced most large German firms to cooperate with the Nazi government of Germany, detail the ways in which these enterprises became deeply complicit in many of that regime’s worst crimes, and explain how the nation’s largest businesses managed to evade responsibility for their deeds until the 1990s.

October 20th:
“Researching for Our Future”
Collaborative presentation discussing new technologies, methodologies, and scholarship in Holocaust Studies.

September 30th:
“Understanding and Misunderstanding: Poland’s Holocaust Laws”
Dr. Jadwiga Biskupska, Sam Houston State University

Aug. 22nd:
Operation Finale Advanced Screening
The Ackerman Center presented a special advance screening of Operation Finale. This film tells the true story of Mossad agent Peter Malkin’s covert mission to Argentina in 1960 to track down and capture Adolf Eichmann, portrayed by Ben Kingsley.

Spring 2018

May 17th:
Racism and the Disciplinary Differentiation of Science and Philosophy
This workshop was in conjunction with the 8th Annual Conference on Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology. More details on the conference can be found online.

May 2nd:
Lecture: “Unwelcome Exiles: Jewish Refugees in Mexico
Dr. Daniela Gleizer, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

April 22nd:
Professor Sunday Lecture Series
Lecture: “Remembering the Holocaust and the War in Post-war Germany”
Dr. Nils Roemer, Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor of Holocaust Studies

April 15th:
Professor Sunday Lecture Series
Lecture: “Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust”
Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies

April 12th:
Holocaust Remembrance Day
In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will be reciting Holocaust poems in numerous languages.

April 8th:
Professor Sunday Lecture Series
Lecture: “Rebuilding after the Holocaust”
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies

March 22nd:
Lecture by Dr. Dawin Payne: “When the Klan Ruled Dallas”
Dr. Payne will discuss the past of the KKK in Dallas, which was home to Klan Chapter Number 66, the largest in the country.
With an introduction by Dr. Kimberly Hill.

March 3rd-5th:
The 48th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches
Founded in 1970 by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke, the ASC provides an invaluable forum for scholars to discuss and advance Holocaust research, ensuring the valuable lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant for today’s world.
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies is proud that The University of Texas at Dallas is the new home of The Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches.
More information can be found on the ASC Homepage.

March 4th:
Lecture: “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, A True Story”
Dr. Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of “never a bystander” and that one person can make a difference. Learn more about her remarkable story by visiting her website.
This lecture was presented in conjunction with the 48th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches.

February 25th: 
A Life for Football
 with FC Bayern Munich
This film tells the story of Kurt Landauer, the pre-WWII Jewish president of Bayern Munich, who returned after the Holocaust to rebuild the club — and his life.
There was a short panel discussion following the film, with a reception afterward.
Presented in conjunction with AJC Dallas, German Consulate, Goethe Society, and the American Council on Germany.

February 21st and 22nd:
Yiddish Poems of the Holocaust
February 21st: 7 p.m.
Lecture: “Yiddish Translation Matters: Translating Yiddish in the 20th Century”
Dr. Anita Norich, University of Michigan
Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor,
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and
Department of English Language and Literature

February 22nd: 2 p.m.
Yiddish Language Workshop
Dr. David Patterson, Dr. Anita Norich, and Visiting Scholar Sebastian Schulman will offer a crash course on the basics of the Yiddish language.

January 27th – February 2nd:
Exhibit: Revisiting the Eichmann Trial
This exhibit was curated by graduate students in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Revisit the prosecution of an architect of the atrocity through multi-media artifacts. Examine how the Eichmann Trial brought the Holocaust into the world’s spotlight and ushered in the Era of the Witness.

To download a copy of our 2018 Spring Events booklet, please click here.

Fall 2017

November 5th and 6th:
Einspruch Lecture Series: Michael Berenbaum
Sunday, November 5th: ““Holocaust Memorials and the Perpetrators”
4PM – Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
Monday, November 6th: “Issues in Creating Holocaust Museums and Memorials: The Obligation to the Past, the Responsibilities Toward the Future”
9AM – Davidson Auditorium

October 29th:
4PM – Davidson Auditorium
Author Lecture: Caroline Heller (Reading Claudius)

October 19th:
10AM – Davidson Auditorium
Lecture and Q&A about Night and the Holocaust.
Professors Ozsváth, Patterson, and Roemer hosted 120 8th graders who came to learn about the Holocaust in general and Elie Wiesel’s iconic memoir, Night, in particular.

October 15th:
Eichmann Trial Symposium with Guest Speaker Ellen Rudolph
1PM – Zale Auditorium, Aaron Family Jewish Community Center
In conjunction with Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance
Supported by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

October 11th:
Graduate Workshop
2PM – Ackerman Center
Dr. Charles Asher Small, Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy and the former Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Antisemitism, met with graduate students to discuss the current state of research into the subject of anti-Semitism.

September 24th:
Philosophers and Race Workshop
Visiting scholars: Demetrius L. Eudell (Wesleyan University), Emily S. Lee (CSU Fullerton)
From UT Dallas: Charles Hatfield, Peter Park, Nils Roemer, and ShilyhWarren.
More information (including a detailed schedule) can be found here. 

September 18th:
“Myth and Memory: New Perspectives on the Kindertransport”
Dr. Jennifer Craig-Norton, Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton
7PM  – JO 3.516

September 13th:
“IBM and the Holocaust” – Edwin Black 
7PM – Davidson Auditorium
Presented in conjunction with the Southwest Jewish Congress

Spring 2017

May 27th:
Sixth Biennial Graduate Translation Conference: “Performing Translation”
Panel – Translating Paul Celan’s “Death Fugue”
:30PM – Jonsson Performance Hall

April 27th:
Film Screening of Paragraph 175
7PM – JO 3.516
Presented in conjunction with Galerstein Women’s Center and the UTD Rainbow Guard

April 24th:
Holocaust Remembrance Day – Poetry Reading
The Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building – Beginning at 11AM

April 20th:
An Evening with Goethe with Professors Ozsváth and Turner
Event: 7PM – JO 3.516
Reception in the Ackerman Center following event
Presented in conjunction with the Dallas Goethe Center

April 12th and 21st:
Translation Workshops – Radnóti poem “Like a Bull”
10am – Ackerman Center

April 9th:
The Latin American Jewish Experience
2PM – Davidson Auditorium – JSOM
Presented in conjunction with the Southwest Jewish Congress and Dallas Historical Jewish Society.

March 23rd:
“The Worlds We Have Lost: The Holocaust Catastrophe Beyond Numbers”
Dr. Robert H. Abzug, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies at The University of Texas.
7PM – Davidson Auditorium – JSOM

March 12th:
Disputed Ownership: Reclaiming Stolen Property
Richard L. Wolffe and Melanie Murphy Kuhr
4PM – JSOM, Davidson Auditorium
Sponsored by the Schuman-Ellman Opportunity Fund

March 9th:
Chasing Portraits – Elizabeth Rynecki
7PM – JCC of Dallas

Spring Professor Lectures – “Begging for a Homeland”
February 12th:
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth: “Rescue Impossible: Doors Closed for the Jews 1938-1945”
February 19th:
Dr. David Patterson: “Homelessness as a Defining Feature of the Holocaust”
March 5th:
Dr. Nils Roemer: “Jewish Refugees and Homelessness after the Holocaust”

January 25th:
Lecture, “From Barbarism and Vandalism to Genocide: The Unlikely, Untold, and Unknown Story of Raphael Lemkin”
Dr. Steve Jacobs, Aaron Aronov Chair of Judaic Studies at The University of Alabama
7PM – JSOM, Davidson Auditorium

January 20th:
75th Anniversary of the Wannsee Graduate Workshop and Q&A
1:30PM – Ackerman Center

January 8th:
“The Crypto-Jew Experience:  Where it Began, Where it is Now”
In conjunction with the Southwest Jewish Congress and Center for Latino-Jewish Relations
2PM – JSOM – Davidson Auditorium
The event was featured in an article in the Dallas Morning News.  Read here.

Fall 2016

December 8th:
Grant Writing 101 – Workshop by Holly Hull Miori
2:30PM – Ackerman Center

November 30th:
Aesthetics and Philosophy Seminar – Benjamin & Heidegger
Professors Nils Roemer and Charles Bambach
2PM – The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the Dallas Museum of Art

November 5-7th:
Einspruch Lecture Series and Film Screening
Géza Röhrig, star of the Academy Award winning film, Son of Saul
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building and Auditorium
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”
Photos of these events can be found on the Center’s Facebook page

November 3-4th:
“The School of London: Diaspora and Pictorial Trauma”
In conjunction with The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History
Dallas Museum of Art
More information can be found here.

September 27th:
Translation Workshop – Elie Wiesel poem, “Ani Maamin”
2PM – Ackerman Center
Translations can be found here.

September 1-30th:
Exhibition: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai, 1933–1941
In conjunction with the Confucius Institute
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building
Saturday, Sept. 10th: Lecture by Prof. Pan Guang, “The Jews in China” at 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 18th: Film Screenings: “A Gift of Life” and “Shanghai Ghetto” at 4pm
Sunday, Sept. 25th: Concert: “Wind from the East” at 7pm
Photos of these events can be found on the Center’s Facebook page

August 30th:
Film Screening, The Labyrinth of Lies
In conjunction with the Dallas Goethe Center, Dallas Jewish Film, and AJC Dallas
7pm – Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building Auditorium
Photos of this event can be found on the Center’s Facebook page

Spring 2016

May 11th: Dr. Ozsváth: “Economic Drain on German Society: Arguments for Mercy Killing”
12:00PM – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

May 5th: Holocaust Poetry Reading – Yom HaShoah
In conjunction with The Center for Translation Studies, Confucius Institute, and The Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives
Photos of this event can be found on the Center’s Facebook page

April 17thAn Evening with Zsuzsi – Honoring Drs. Zsuzsanna and Istvan Ozsváth
5:30PM – UT Dallas Visitor Center Atrium
More information and photographs of this event can be found online.

April 6th: Workshop: Translating Paul Celan’s “Deathfugue”
2:00PM – Ackerman Center
Photos of this event can be found on the Center’s Facebook page
Translations can be found here.

March 24th: Workshop on Memory and Trauma
Profs. Frank Dufour (ATEC), Thomas Riccio (A&H), Nils Roemer (A&H), and Hanna Ulatowska (School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences)

March 13th:  Ackerman Center Faculty Lecture Series
Dr. Patterson – “Defining the Fundamentals of Nazi Anti-Semitism”

March 6th:  Ackerman Center Faculty Lecture Series
Dr. Roemer – “Why Mein Kampf: Then and Now”

February 28th:   Ackerman Center Faculty Lecture Series
Dr. Ozsváth – “Despite Changes: The Culture of Anti-Semitism”

February 17th:  Workshop with students from the Honors College
Dr. Ozsváth: “When the Bombs were Falling”

January 27th:  Discussion Forum: “Epidemics, Public Health, and Race in Historical Perspective”
In conjunction with The Center for Values

Fall 2015

December 3rd: Celebrating Translation – Honoring Zsuzsanna Ozsváth and Frederick Turner
In conjunction with The Center for Translation Studies

November 7th:  “Jewish Thinkers’ Fascination with Chinese Thought”
Lecture presented by Dr. Roemer in conjunction with the Confucius Institute

October 18-19th:   Einspruch Lecture Series
Omer Bartov, Brown University
October 18th:  “The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia”
October 19th: “Investigating Genocide on the Local Level: Challenges and Benefits”
Photos of these events can be found on the Center’s Facebook page

October 15th:  Dr. Ozsváth – Lecture on her memoir, When The Danube Ran Red
Allen Public Library

September 23rd: “Remembrance: World War II and the Holocaust”
Lecture presented by Dr. Ozsváth in conjunction with the Confucius Institute

September 20th: “Identifying the Enemy: The 80th Anniversary of Anti-Jewish Laws in Germany”
Lecture presented jointly by the Ackerman Center faculty