About the Series


In 1977 Beverly Asbury, the Vanderbilt University Chaplain, organized an annual Holocaust Lecture Series that has now become the longest-running such series at any American university. Under the rubric “Holocaust: Jewish and Christian Perspectives,” the prominent theologians and philosophers Irving Greenberg, Emil Fackenheim, and Franklin H. Little, as well as one of the leading survivor memoirists, Gerda Klein, spoke to the greater Vanderbilt community.

Since then our ongoing examination of ourselves and our society in the wake of the Holocaust has brought to campus such notable figures as Elie Wiesel, Simon Wiesenthal, Terrence des Pres, Lawrence Langer, Nechama Tec, Deborah Lipstadt, Claude Lanzmann, Christopher Browning, and Raul Hilberg, among many others, addressing such themes as ethics, resistance, law, gender, art, and memory. Each year, our committee of students, faculty, staff, and representatives from the Nashville community work together to create a lecture series to promote continuing education and conversation on the Shoah and other instances of genocide, their lasting effects, and how we can continue to honor the memory of their victims.