The Harris Center is proud to present broad and varied conferences and symposia. For upcoming events, please see our Events Calendar.


Since 2001, the Harris Center has co-sponsored an annual international conference with the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, Omaha. Each year’s theme is different, attracting scholars from a wide range of disciplines and from countries around the world.

Papers based on the conference presentations are gathered in an annual edited volume in the series “Studies in Jewish Civilization,” published by Purdue University Press. Past symposium topics and paper titles are available on this site. Read more

Jews at the Margins: Identity, Boundaries, BelongingOctober 30, 2012

An international symposum featuring social scientists working on inclusionand exclusion in the Jewish world.


• Netanel Fisher (Hebrew University), "Who is a Jew in Israel?"

• Misha Klein (University of Oklahoma), "'Poor People Can't Afford to Keep Kosher': A View from the Margins of the Brazilian Jewish Community" 

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Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested HistoryMarch 7-8, 2012

An interdisciplinary symposium examining the history and character of fundamentalist religious movements today.


• David Harrington Watt (History, Temple University), “The Origins of Fundamentalism”
March 7, 4 PM

• Lynda Clarke (Religious Studies, Concordia University), “Fundamentalism and Shii Islam”
March 8, 2 PM

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Art, Memory, and Law
April 23, 2009

A documentary screening and panel discussion on Holocaust art restitution.

The evening began with a public screening of "Adele’s Wish", a documentary film by Canadian independent filmmaker Terrence Turner. The documentary concerns the disputes and litigation around five paintings by world-renowned Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt, that were stolen from a Viennese Jewish family during the Nazi regime in Austria. Read more


An international conference on Judeo-Latin American Literature and Culture. Speakers reexamined prevalent paradigms in the area of Latin American Jewish studies from an interdisciplinary standpoint, comprising literature, culture, history, cinematography and visual arts.


• Nelson Vieira (Brown University), “Without Identity: The Jewish Ethical Transcendence of Being for the Other in Writings by Brazil’s Clarice Lispector”

• Carolina Rocha (Southern Illinois University), “Cinematic Jewish Self-Representations in Contemporary Argentine and Brazilian Films”

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Coming to Terms with the Past in WEST Germany: The 1960'sApril 19-21, 2001

An international conference organized by the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Conveners: Philipp Gassert (Heidelberg) and Alan Steinweis (University of Nebraska) 

Pertti Ahonen (University of Sheffield)
Lloyd Ambrosius (University of Nebraska)
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Jerusalem and the Politics of Identity
April 13, 2001

A round-table discussion of University of Nebraska faculty on the politics of identity in Israel, particularly in Jerusalem, past and present.


• Robert Hitchcock, Professor of Anthropology and Director, Human Rights Initiative

• Dave Forsythe, Charles Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science

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