The Harris Center supports and presents various lectures, book talks, and other discussions on timely topics relating to Judaic Studies.


"Why do we need a history of the sexuality of the Holocaust? An introduction and some thoughts"

Anna Hájková

November 6, 2023
12:30 to 2:00pm
Willa Cather Dining Hall, Red Cloud A

In the last twenty years, Holocaust history has turned to explore sexuality, particularly that of Holocaust victims. At first, it was sexual and sexualized violence that slowly came into the focus of scholarly and popular interest. The considerable resistance that researchers on the topic had to contend with has now subsided, and the topic has become accepted. But still, the topic remains a minefield. Themes such as queer desire, sexual barter, trans* history, or sexual violence among men are quickly dismissed and criticized as inappropriate — or even “woke.” In this lecture she explores the question, what are the intellectual gains of a history of stigmatized sexuality during the Shoah - and what is the role of the historian in it? In her book The Last Ghetto: An Everyday History of Thersienstadt, Dr. Hájková provides an in-depth analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust.

To discover more about Dr. Hájková, please see her website.

This lecture is in person, but will also be available via Zoom, which requires registration.

Photo used by permission. Copyright: Václav Jirásek.


"The Search for Domestic Fascist Organizations"

Kristofer Goldsmith

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
7:30 pm
Swanson Auditorium, Nebraska Union

Kristofer Goldsmith is the founder and CEO of Task Force Butler. A former US Army sergeant, Kris has emerged as a leading expert on white power and fascist street gangs and how these groups target American troops and veterans for recruitment. He has dedicated his post-military life to addressing these challenges. For more information, please see

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