Faculty Highlights

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth has published two books. The Golden Goblet: Selected Poems of Goethe is a collection of translations by Dr. Ozsváth and Prof. Fred Turner. My Journey Home: Life After the Holocaust is a follow-up to her memoir, When the Danube Ran Red, and captures life after the war’s end in Communist-ruled Hungary and continues with her and her husband’s flight to Germany and eventually the United States.

Dr. Nils Roemer
Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor of Holocaust Studies 
Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

Dr. Nils Roemer is the guest-editor for a special theme issue on painful memories for Athenaeum Review, a new journal published by the O’Donnell Institute and the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas. He will also give two invited lectures during the summer: in June, he will lecture on “Between History and Faith: Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany,” at the conference Two Centuries of Wissenschaft des Judentums at the University of Heidelberg. In August he will deliver a talk on “Representation of Victims,” at the TSGM-UNESCO Conference at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Dr. Roemer was recently featured on a podcast. To watch, please click here.

Dr. David Patterson
Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies

In January 2020 Dr. David Patterson published an article in Literature and Belief and a chapter in the Palgrave Handbook on Literature and Culture.  He gave an invited lecture on contemporary antisemitism for the Academic Engagement Network.

In February 2020 he will give an invited lecture for the Global Study of Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) in Rome.  Dr. Patterson is a member of ISGAP’s Executive Committee of the International Board of Academic Advisors. More information about this organization can be found on their website.

Dr. Pedro J. Gonzalez Corona
Friend of the Wald Professorship
Visiting Assistant Professor

In January Dr. Gonzalez traveled with Dr. Nils Roemer and the UTD Choir to the cities of El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua in Mexico. He lectured on the importance of the Borderlands and the current state of human rights at the border. In addition to the choir’s performance in both cities, the group visited the memorial for the 22 people killed in August of 2019 at the Walmart in a racially-motivated mass shooting.

Dr. Sarah R. Valente
Friend of the Wald Professorship
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Valente presented a special lecture, “Crypto-Judaism in Brazil: Stepping out from the Shadows of Time,” at Congregation Nishmat Am in Plano on Friday, February 7, 2020.

With the expulsion from Portugal in 1497, thousands of Sephardic Jews found a new home in colonial Brazil. Through the centuries, knowledge of their Jewish origins and practice of their Jewish faith faded, while family traditions remained. This talk examined ways in which Jewish memory has survived over time and is re-emerging in twentieth-first century Brazil.