Unless otherwise noted, all panels and events take place at Conference Room 421 (4th floor), Belk Library and Information Commons, ASU's main library, which is located at the center of campus (218 College St.). Signage is available inside and outside the building. For more information about the building and on the Zoom registration link for virtual participants and audiences, click here.

Monday, August 1


8:30 am – 8:45 am

Opening of Conference

Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, University of Colorado Boulder/ASU, Organizing Committee Chair

Prof. Amy Hudnall, Interim Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies

Prof. Carl Eby, Assistant Chair, English Department

Prof. Mike Madritch, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


8:45 am – 10:15 am

Panel I: On Writing and Reading Holocaust Literature

Chair: Prof. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand (Boone, NC)

Kathy Kacer (Toronto, Canada), "The Holocaust and Children's Literature: What Books to Read and How to Pick Them"

Madeline Scott (Boone, NC), "Online Reader Communities: Young Adult Literature"

Prof. Victoria Nesfield (York, England), "Reframing Elie Wiesel: Politics, Israel, and the Holocaust Lens"


10:15 am -10:30 am 

Coffee Break


10:30 am-12:00 pm

Panel II: The Voices and Writings of Twentieth-Century Female Jewish Writers and Survivors 

Chair: Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (Boulder, CO/Boone, NC)

Dr. Elvira Groezinger (Berlin, Germany), “The Polish-Jewish writer Zuzanna Ginczanka (1917-1945)”

Faith Jones (Vancouver, Canada), “Yiddish Feminism and Utopian Visions: Shira Gorshman’s Crimea”

Prof. Boaz Cohen (Akko, Israel), “The Testimonies of Freddzia Student”

12:00-1:30 pm

Lunch Break


1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Panel III: New Research on Yizkor Books

Chair: Prof. Davis Hankins (Boone, NC)

Prof. Natalia Aleksiun (Gainesville, FL), "Yizkor Bikher and the Writing of Local Histories of the Holocaust"

Prof. Gabriel Finder (Charlottesville, VA), "Images of the Exhumation and Reburial of Polish Jews in Yizker Bikher"

Yael Strom (San Diego, CA), "Klezmer and Yizkor Books"

Prof.  Hank Greenspan (Ann Arbor, MI), "Yizker Improvised”


3:00 pm -3:15 pm 

Coffee Break


3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Panel IV: Teaching the Holocaust, Teaching Mass Violence

Chair: Prof. Chris Patti (Boone, NC)

Prof. Amy Hudnall (Boone, NC), "Teaching Trauma in Today's Trauma-filled World" 

Prof. Peter Petschauer (Boone, NC), "Teaching an Unusual Correspondence from the Warsaw Ghetto: Josef and Erna Karpf's Letters to Their Daughter in Brooklyn" 

Prof. Ralph E. Lentz II (Boone, NC), "Challenges for Teaching: A Special Path to the Nazi Christ?" 


4:45 pm -5:00 pm 

Coffee Break


5:00-7:00 pm: 

Prof. Heather Norris, Provost, ASU

A Reading from Jewish FictionProf. Joseph Bathanti (Boone, NC), "Kolansky's"


Keynote lecture by Prof. Eliyana Adler (Penn State) on "Substitute Gravestones: Constructing and Reconstructing Holocaust Memorial Books" (Belk Library, R. 114)


8:00 pm: