The Harris Center is proud to present a broad and varied program of lectures annually, free and open to the public. Upcoming events are listed on the Harris Center event calendar. To be added to our mailing list, write to

In addition to our general lecture series, which brings a wide range of scholars, writers, artists, and public figures to the UNL campus, the Center presents speakers through six Endowed Lecture Series, made possible by the generosity of our friends in the community. The following is a partial list of events presented as part of the Harris Center’s general public programming over the past two decades.

Vladimir VertlibAward-winning Austrian Jewish novelist and essayist

Trials and Tribulations of a Jewish Writer in German Speaking Lands
November 2013

Thomas BoghardtU.S. Army Intelligence

America’s use of Nazi war criminals to gather intelligence at the beginning of the Cold War
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Vicki WoesteIndiana University-Purdue
American Bar Foundation

Henry Ford's War Against Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
February 2013

Gerald SteinacherUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln

Escaping Nuremberg: How Nazi Perpetrators Fled Justice
November 2011

Gershon KedarIsraeli Deputy Consul General

Israel Behind the Headlines
February 2009

Mimi SchwartzRichard Stockton College of New Jersey

On her memoir, Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father’s German Village
November 2008

Scott BlakemanPolitical comedian

Stand Up for Peace
March 2008

Leonard GreenspoonCreighton University

It’s Okay to Laugh: Reading the Bible Through Comic Strips and the Daily Press
November 2006

James ShapiroColumbia University

The Jew's Daughter
November 2006

Michael Ripsnovelist and lawyer

Public reading, memoir, The Face of a Naked Lady
October 2006

Danny LaskerBen Gurion University

Spinoza's Jewish Sources: Philosophy, Exegesis, Inter-Religious Polemics
September 2005

Nora GlickmanQueens College

Fact to Fiction: The Reshaping of History in Latin American Jewish Literature
February 2005

Yehudi LindemanMcGill University

The Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Holland
September 2004

Jeff Spinner-HalevUniversity of Nebraska

Israel After its Elections: What Is Next?
March 2003

Israel W. CharnyHebrew University, JERUSALEM
Institute of the Holocaust and Genocide

Denying the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide and Other Genocides: A Discussion and Classification of Types of Denial of Genocide
November 2002

Claudia StevensActress

An Evening with Madame F.
April 2002

Anne Wyatt-BrownUniversity of Florida

Holocaust Literature and Memory
March 2002

Frederick BuschColgate University

Public reading from his collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Anyone
April 2001

Daniel BoyarinUC Berkeley

Who's in a Name? Genealogies of Late Ancient Judaism
November 2000

Kenneth W. SteinEmory University

Middle East Conflict Resolution
November 2000

Mark GelberBen Gurion University

Jewish Life in Germany Today
October 2000

Peter NovickUniversity of Chicago

Lessons of the Holocaust?
February 2000

Robert A. WarrenHolocaust historian

In Search of the Holocaust: The Realization of Remembrance
November 1999

Henry FriedlanderBrooklyn College

Medicine and the Holocaust: The Killing of the Disabled in Nazi Germany
April 1998

Susan Fromberg SchaefferNovelist and poet

public reading
December 1997

Sharon SolwitzNovelist

public reading
October 1997

Abraham DavidHEBReW UNIVersity, Jerusalem

Returning To Zion: Jewish Pilgrim and Immigration Routes to
the Land of Israel During the 15th and 16th Centuries

October 1996

Sybil MiltonUnited States Holocaust Museum

Art of the Holocaust
April 1996

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