Ackerman Center Upcoming Events

Spring 2021

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State of the Center

Wednesday, March 3rd, 4pm

This is an online event.

NOTE: This event is at 4pm CST

Click here to register.
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Founded in 1970 by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke, the Annual Scholars' Conference 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.

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,
"Denial and Distortion of Holocaust Memory"

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, "
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

All lectures are free of charge, but pre-registration is requested.

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Annual Translation Workshop

Monday, March 8th, 11am

This is an online event.

Please join us for our annual translation workshop, which will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Valente. This year's focus will be "Shema" by Primo Levi. Dr. David Patteron will discuss the meaning and importance of this poem. We will be forming small groups to translate this poem into as many languages as possible. Email Dr. Valente at with any questions.

Click here for a link to the poem in English and the original Italian.

Click here to join the workshop, which is open to anyone.

NOTE: This event is at 11am CST
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Mending Fragments of Time - RESCHEDULED

Sunday, March 21st, 2pm

This is an online event.

NOTE: This event is for 2pm CST

Click here to register if you have not already done so. If you previously registered, the original link will still work.

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Annual Race Workshop

Wednesday, March 24th, 11am

This is an online event.

Click here to register.

NOTE: This event is at 11am CST.

This will be the sixth race workshop hosted by the Ackerman Center. Please click here to learn more about the previous workshops.
Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture Series. You can find more information regarding each lecture and register for these and other events by visiting our events webpage.
The Ackerman Center began commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, in 2016 by having students, staff, faculty, and members of the community recite poems in various languages. This year's event will again be held virtually. Please 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
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Learning From the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil

Friday, April 23rd, 11am

This is an online event.

The School of the Arts & Humanities and the Ackerman Center have partnered to present this event as part of an ongoing lecture series, "The Future of the Arts & Humanities."

This talk will examine the difficult process in which Germans engaged over many decades to examine their Nazi past, and discuss what lessons Americans can learn in our attempts to face the racism and violence in our own history.

Click here to register.

NOTE: This event is at 11am CST.

Ackerman Center Podcast - Season 2 Release

Season 2 of the Ackerman Center Podcast began at the end of January. Each episode will focus on a specific event of the early years of the Third Reich.

Upcoming Spring Podcast Episodes: Season 2:

Jan. 31: 1933 | The Reichstag Fire and the Enabling Act

Feb. 28: 1934 | Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice

Mar. 28: 1935 | Nuremberg Laws

April 25: 1936 | The Olympics in Berlin

*May 30:1937 | The Pacific War: The Rape of Nanking -and-

1938 | Eichmann and the “Office of Jewish Emigration”

All past and future episodes are available for streaming on the podcast's website and other streaming platforms.

*Note: the season finale on May 30th will have two episodes.

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