Upcoming Events

Special Exhibit

The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust
January 24 – March 12, 2020
Skybridge between the Jonsson and Founders Buildings, immediately outside of the Ackerman Center (JO 4.800)

The Ackerman Center is pleased to host this special exhibit curated by The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The exhibit shares the first-hand accounts of Texan soldiers who witnessed Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Encore Event

Ackerman Center, JO 4.800
February 23, 2020 | 2pm

The Ackerman Center will be hosting a second open house for the “The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust” exhibit. Dr. Nils Roemer will be on hand to give remarks and answer any questions.

Parking in PS3 – park in a metered spot and use the coupon code 38138032
If you need a coupon code on any day other than February 23rd to attend this exhibit, please email [email protected].

Annual Conference Anniversary

The 50th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches will be March 7-10, 2020. Please join us for this special event. More information is available on the Conference Website.

Special Lectures – Annual Scholars’ Conference

Michael and Elaine Jaffe Lecture
Sunday, March 8, 2020 | 9:00 am

Dr. Wolf Gruner, “Defiance and Protest: Forgotten Individual Jewish Resistance in Nazi Germany”
Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Founding Director, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

Jewish resistance during the Holocaust is largely understood as rare armed group activities in the Nazi-occupied East. Dr. Gruner’s lecture, however, will focus on forgotten individual acts of resistance. Based on a new approach and using new sources, he will demonstrate how Jewish women and men performed countless acts of resistance in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945.

Mitchell L. and Miriam Lewis Barnett Lecture
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Reception | 6:30 pm
Lecture | 7:15pm

Eva and Robert Ratonyi, “Holocaust Childhood: Wounds that Never Heal”

Eva, a 1976 alumna of UT Dallas, will introduce her husband, Robert, to share his story as a survivor of the Holocaust as a child in Hungary.

Both lectures are in conjunction with the 50th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches and will be held in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. 

Parking will be available in Parking Structure 1.

Annual Spring Lecture Series

All lectures will be at 2pm in JO 4.614

Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies
“Antecedents of Antisemitism during the Middle Ages”

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Dr. Nils Roemer, Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor of Holocaust Studies
“Faust and Mephistoles in German History”

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Film screening of Mephisto
Followed by remarks by Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies and Dr. Nils Roemer, Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor of Holocaust Studies

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building
Times to be announced

The Ackerman Center will once again commemorate Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a special event where students, faculty, staff, and members of the community recited Holocaust poems in multiple languages.


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


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