Annual Scholars’ Conference

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March 7 – 10, 2020

The University of Texas at Dallas
The Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center

Founded in 1970 by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke, the ASC 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.

This spring, we will host Holocaust scholars from across the globe at UT Dallas, the new and permanent home for the Annual Scholars’ Conference. This year’s theme is “The History and Future of the Holocaust and its Memory.” There will be an opening dinner on Saturday evening for presenters and invited guests as well as two full days of programming on both Sunday and Monday and a half-day on Tuesday.

Call for Papers for the 50th Annual Scholars’ Conference – Deadline has passed


2020 At-a-Glance Schedule (subject to change until the program is finalized)

The program is currently being created and will be posted as soon as possible.

Presenter Registration

Please note – we are doing registration in two parts. We have separated out your registration from paying for the conference so that you can register your participation and provide the pertinent information that we need to finalize the program ASAP rather than registering only when you can pay.

Non-Presenter Registration

Attending the conference is free and open to the public, but we do require registration in order to attend.
In addition to attending the presentations, there is an opportunity to join us for meals with the presenters and other attendees at a cost of $50 per full day (for lunch and dinner) and $25 for lunch on Tuesday.

Please click here for more information and to register as a non-presenting attendee.


This year’s host hotel is once again the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. We have secured a room block and a special rate of $143 per night that includes free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and shuttles to and from the conference venue. Please use our event-specific link through which you will need to register by 02/21/2020 if you want to receive these benefits. We recommend that guests from out of town plan to arrive by Saturday afternoon and not leave until after lunch on Tuesday.

Please make your reservations via this link.

Special Lectures

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.


Information from the 49th Annual Scholars’ Conference, March 2-4, 2019:

2019 Final Program
Thank you to our generous sponsors

Information from the 48th Annual Scholars’ Conference, March 3-5, 2018:

In the News:

  • The press release about the 2018 Annual Scholars’ Conference can be read here.
  • A NewsCenter article about the Conference can be read here.
  • A feature article in the Texas Jewish Post can be read here.
  • TV and radio personality Scott Murray interviewed Ackerman Center Director Dr. Nils Roemer and immediate past president of the Annual Scholars’ Conference Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell on the upcoming Annual Scholars’ Conference. Listen here.

For questions about the Conference, please contact Cynthia Seton-Rogers at 972-883-2724 or email [email protected].

For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Holly Hull Miori at 972-883-4119 or email [email protected].