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.

Special Event

Tuesday, January 26 |  7pm CST
Author/Filmmaker Heather Dune Macadam

Heather Dune Macadam is the acclaimed author of the international bestseller 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz. The book has been translated into 16 languages and is a Finalist for Goodreads People’s Choice Awards.

Please join us as Ms. Macadam discusses her current project, producing and directing the documentary film 999 based on her book containing the remarkable untold stories of the young women who were part of the first official transport to Auschwitz.

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

Guest Lecture

Thursday, Feb. 11th | 10:30am CST
Dr. Deby Roitman
Strategic Advisor at Universidad Hebraica, Mexico
Advisor at the Museo Judio Interactivo de Chile
“Jewish Identifiers: Reflections on Latin American Jewish Identity”

Dr. Deby Roitman will present this special lecture via Zoom. This event is presented free of charge, but pre-registration is requested by clicking here.

Film Screening and Discussion

The Ackerman Center is proud to present Who Will Write Our History, which will be screened online for two weeks. The link to watch the film will be posted on our website on February 8th and will be available through February 22nd. The trailer for this film can be viewed by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 17 | 4pm CST

Dr. David Patterson, the Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair of Holocaust Studies, will host a discussion and Q&A about the film.

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


Sunday, February 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.

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.

11am CST – Ackerman Center Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Yehuda Bauer
Professor 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
Director/HGI, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College

5pm CST – Mitchell L. and Miriam Lewis Barnett Lecture: Pieter Kohnstam
Holocaust survivor and member of the Board of Directors for The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

All lectures are free of charge, but pre-registration is requested (links to be posted on the ASC webpage soon).

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].

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]