Ackerman Chronicle

August 13, 2020

On Thursday, August 6, Dr. Nils Roemer, Director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, and Stan and Barbara Rabin Professor in Holocaust Studies hosted a virtual town hall meeting. The pandemic may have seemed to paralyze all of us, but the Ackerman Center has continued to forge ahead in many ways.

The Center has continued to hold many events online, such as lectures, teacher workshops, online courses, and meetings. Additionally, we have increased our online newsletter publication and Dr. Sarah Valente, Visiting Assistant Professor, has initiated the production of high-quality podcasts that have been hugely successful, attracting more than 500 listeners.

Dr. Roemer also highlighted the work of Dan Dunham, a PhD student and student representative on the Ackerman Center Advisory Board, who was selected for a summer internship with the Tulsa Jewish Federation in which he helped to curate an exhibit covering nearly 2,000 years of anti-Semitism.

“With challenges come new opportunities for growth,” Dr. Roemer said. Online learning initiatives have extended opportunities to include students beyond Dallas. Dr. Roemer added that the success of the Ackerman Center can also be seen in faculty growth. Two Visiting Professors, Dr. Pedro Gonzalez and Dr. Sarah Valente were hired last fall. During the town hall, he welcomed our new Assistant Professor in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Dr. Amy Kerner, who is the Fellow of the Jacqueline and Michael Wald Professorship in Holocaust Studies.

Dr. Kerner is a historian of Modern Europe and Latin America with a particular interest in transnational history, the Holocaust, modern Jewish culture, comparative political violence, and cultural histories of migration and displacement. She is currently working on a book project concerning the history of modern Yiddish culture in Argentina before and after the Holocaust.

Dr. Roemer asked everyone to save the date for the virtual celebration of Dr. Ozsváth's remarkable career that is being held on August 30th (more details below and on the Ackerman Center events website).

In addition to these valuable additions to the Ackerman Center faculty, Dr. Roemer reminded listeners that the Ackerman Center also recently added a fifth endowed faculty position and is honored to welcome three new Advisory Board members: Mark Chazanow, Nina Cortell and Steve Gundy.

The generosity of our supporters and the foresight of our Advisory Board who have been building a robust and sustainable center over the past 30 years is allowing us to continue to grow during these challenging times”, he said. It is in times like these that "we can really see the collective wisdom that has built the Ackerman Center,” explained Dr. Roemer.

Holly Hull Miori, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, thanked our supporters for their generosity and reiterated that the growth and development of the Ackerman Center during this difficult time is only possible because of them.

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Please join us as we honor Dr. Ozsváth on the eve of her retirement. Our beloved Zsuzsi will be retiring this year, and we couldn't let her go without a celebration.

Celebrating Zsuzsi

Sunday, Aug. 30th, 2pm

This is an online event.

The link for this virtual event will be posted on our event website:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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The first-person account of Genie Milgrom, a direct descendant of the Spanish-Portuguese Jews, will scintillate with the details of her journey back 615 years to 1405 Pre-Inquisition Spain and Portugal to locate her Jewish ancestors. Join us to follow the many twists and turns she followed in order to be able to trace a family that had spun webs around themselves to hide from the Inquisitors.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register online by clicking here.

Catch up with the Ackerman Center Podcast

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The Ackerman Center Podcast is proud to present a new series, "Portraits of World War II," which features beloved professors, brilliant scholars, and longtime UT Dallas legends Dr. Rainer Schulte, Professor Fred Turner, and Dr. Zsuzsi Ozsváth as they address WWII's impact in their childhoods and lives. Tune in this Sunday, August 16th at 10am for the final episode of this special three-part series with our beloved Dr. Ozsváth.

All episodes are available for streaming online and new episodes are uploaded every Sunday.
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This issue was made possible by the following contributors:

Cynthia Seton-Rogers, Academic and Outreach Events Manager
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