International Conference

on Religion and

the Holocaust

The Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is hosting the 2020 International eConference on Religion and the Holocaust. The purpose of this 3-day virtual conference is for academics, researchers, professionals, students, and the general public to discuss religion's involvement leading up to, during, and after the Holocaust. This year’s international academic conference will unite both established and new scholarship in order to promote important and unexplored fields in Holocaust studies. The goal is to ensure that lessons from the Holocaust remain relevant to the study of religion today. And because the conference is held online, scholars and students can attend from the comfort and safety of their own home at lower costs without having to worry about travel and lodging expenses.

DATES: August 14 – 16, 2020

Special COVID-19 Pricing:
Only $12 to attend the 3-day academic conference!

Register today to take advantage of this low price before it increases!

Only $9 for GCRR Academic Society Members

Keynote Speakers!

  • Prof. Zev Garber

    • Prof. Garber is Emeritus Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College and has served as Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the University of California at Riverside and as President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH). Currently he is Editor of Iggeret (newsletter of NAPH), Founding Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Shoah series (UPA), Emeritus Editor of Shofar; Founding Editor of Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies, and Editorial Advisor to Western States Jewish History. Also, he was the Visiting Rosenthal Professor at Case Western Reserve University (Spring, 2005). Author of many academic articles and hundreds of reviews, his book publications include Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism (1986), Methodology in the Academic Teaching of the Holocaust (1988), Teaching Hebrew Language and Literature at the College Level (1991), Shoah: the Paradigmatic Genocide (1994), Perspectives on Zionism (1994), What Kind of God? Essays in Honor of Richard L. Rubenstein (1995; consultant editor), Peace, In Deed: Essays in Honor of Harry James Cargas (1998), Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies (2000), Post-Shoah Dialogues: Rethinking Our Texts Together (with Steven Jacobs, Henry Knight, and James Moore, ed., 2004), Double Takes: Thinking and Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts (with Bruce Zuckerman, 2004), Shoah and Israeli Writing ( 2005), Mel Gibson’s Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and Its Implications (2006), The Impact of the Shoah in America and in Jewish American Life, Casden Annual, vol.6, USC ( 2008),  Jesus in the Context of Judaism: Quest, Con-Quest, or Conquest? (2010), The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation (2011), Teaching the Historical Jesus: Issues and Exegesis (Routledge Press, 2015), HaMaskil b’`et Hazoth:Sefer HaYovel l-Moshe Pelli (Hakibbutz Hammeuchad, 2017; co-editor with Lev Hakak and Shmuel Katz), and Judaism and Jesus (with Ken Hanson, 2020). Finally, Maven in Blue Jeans: A Festschrift in Honor of Zev Garber was published by Purdue University Press in 2009.

  • Dr. Charles David Isbell​

    • ​Dr. Isbell holds four university degrees and a Diploma in German literature, including a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University (1973), where he studied ancient Near Eastern and biblical languages, literatures, and linguistics under Cyrus Gordon, Hebrew Bible with Nahum Sarna, and Cuneiform languages with Ernest R. Lacheman. He is an original member of the translation committee of the NASB (The New American Standard Bible), completed in 1971. Born in Marksville, Louisiana, Dr. Isbell grew up as a native speaker of Cajun French, graduating from Crowley (Louisiana) High School in 1962. Dr. Isbell’s taped interview (2018) housed in the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, preserves his dialect of Cajun French in the archive. Other modern languages he speaks and reads include Hebrew, continental French, Italian, German, and Yiddish. Since beginning his academic career in 1972, at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Isbell taught at two graduate theological seminaries before coming to Louisiana State University. Dr. Isbell has taught numerous languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Aramaic, and Akkadian cuneiform) as well as a broad range of courses in Bible (history, literature, and theology), rabbinic thought, and anti-Semitism. At Louisiana State University since 1997 (Director of Jewish Studies from 2002-2007), he teaches graduate-level and under-graduate classes in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His most recent classes include the Old Testament, Religions of the World, the Holocaust, Hebrew Prophets, Religion and Politics, and Hebrew language.

  • Dr. Kenneth L. Hanson

    • ​Dr. Hanson is an associate professor in the University of Central Florida Judaic Studies Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1991. He has since published five books, including: Dead Sea Scrolls: The Untold Story (San Francisco, Council Oak Books, 1997),Kabbalah: Three Thousand Years of Mystic Tradition (San Francisco, Council Oak Books, 1998), Words of Light: Spiritual Wisdom from the Dead Sea Scrolls (San Francisco, Council Oak Books, 2000), Secrets from the Lost Bible (San Francisco, Council Oak Books, 2005), and Blood Kin of Jesus (San Francisco, Council Oak Books, 2010). He has also published a number of scholarly articles focusing on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Judaism of late antiquity. His research was featured in the 2007 History Channel documentary, "Banned from the Bible II." Dr. Hanson continues to give public lectures in multiple venues. He teaches a wide range of Judaic Studies courses, including Jewish history and culture, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible.

  • Dr. David Patterson

    • ​Dr. Patterson holds the Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas. He is a commissioner on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, a member of the Executive Board of Academic Advisors for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitsm and Policy (ISGAP), and a member of the Executive Board of the Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. He has lectured at universities on six continents and throughout the United States. A winner of the National Jewish Book Award, the Koret Jewish Book Award, and the Holocaust Scholars’ Conference Eternal Flame Award, he has published more than 35 books and more than 220 articles, essays, and book chapters on topics in literature, philosophy, the Holocaust, and Jewish studies. His most recent books are Shoah and Torah (SUNY, forthcoming), Elie Wiesel’s Hasidic Legacy SUNY, (forthcoming), The Holocaust and the Non-Representable (SUNY, 2018), Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins (Cambridge, 2015), Genocide in Jewish Thought (Cambridge, 2012), and A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad (Cambridge, 2010).

Call for Presenters!

Religious and/or Holocaust specialists, as well as researchers, professors, graduate students, and other scholars are encouraged to submit abstract proposals (200-500 words) to present at this year’s International Holocaust and Religion academic conference. All research presentations will then be published in an upcoming supplemental issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM). Presenters can also feature and promote their own publications during the conference for free!

Abstract Proposal Deadline: June 1st, 2020

Presentation Guidelines

Presentations can take any number of forms, including hosting a discussion panel, interviewing a Holocaust survivor or specialist, presenting a research paper, teaching a classroom lesson, or leading a workshop. Presenters can even video record their presentation outside of the event, rather than host a live session, and then have GCRR show that video recording to conference attendees.

Regardless of the format, we ask that presenters adhere to the following stipulations:

  • Time length for lectures, paper presentations, and classroom lessons:

    • between 20-45 minutes

  • Time length for discussion panels, interviews, and workshops:

    • between 20-90 minutes

  • ​All presentations (except for pre-recorded presentations) will require at least a 30-minute Q&A session at the end for attendees to engage the presenter.

  • Presenters must be members of the GCRR Academic Society

Presentation Capabilities

Cost of Attendance

The following are the only costs associated with attending the conference:

  • To attend the 3-day international academic conference:

    • $12.00 USD​ Ticket Registration

  • To present at the conference:

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