David Patterson


  David Patterson
  The University of Texas at Dallas
  Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
  800 W. Campbell Rd., MS JO 31
  Richardson, TX 75080-3021

  Phone: 972-883-2100
  Fax: 972-883-2101

  Email: david.patterson@utdallas.edu


              Born in 1948 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, David Patterson is married to Gerri Patterson and has two daughters: Miriam and Rachel. He received a B.A. (1972) in philosophy from the University of Oregon and went on to earn an M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1978) in comparative literature from the same university. In 1990 he converted to Judaism.


Dr. Patterson currently holds the Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.. He has taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oregon. He has served as the Sutton Chair in the Humanities at the University of Oklahoma, a guest professor at Pepperdine University, and the Bornblum Chair in Judaic Studies at The University of Memphis. He has taught courses on Israel, Jewish thought, Kabbalah, the Holocaust, Judaism, ethics, masterworks of philosophy and literature, Russian literature, and others. An active member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Association for Jewish Studies, he has delivered lectures at numerous universities and community organizations throughout the world. He is also a consultant to the Philadelphia Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a participant in the Weinstein Symposium on the Holocaust, a member of the Advisory Board for the Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust, on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee State Holocaust Commission, the Facing History and Ourselves International Board of Advisors, Hadassah Academic Advisory Board, and a member of the Scholars’ Platform for the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Cambridge, England. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Stephen S. Weinstein Series in Post-Holocaust Studies (formerly Goldner Series), published by the University of Washington Press.  


              A winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Koret Jewish Book Award, Dr. Patterson has published more 30 books and more than 130 articles and chapters in journals and books in philosophy, literature, Judaism, Holocaust, and education. His writings have been anthologized in Yom Kippur Readings (ed. Dov Peterz Elkins, 2005), Holocaust Theology (ed. Dan Cohn-Sherbok, 2002), The Holocaust: Readings and Interpretations (ed. J. R. Mitchell and H. B. Mitchell, 2001), and Great Jewish Quotations (ed. Alfred Kolatch, 1996). His books include A Genealogy of Evil: Antisemitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihadism (forthcoming);  Sounding the Depths of the Soul (2009), Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Drawing Honey from the Rock (with Alan L. Berger, 2008),  Overcoming Alienation: A Kabbalistic Reflection on the Five Levels of the Soul (2008), Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust (2008),  Open Wounds: The Crisis of Jewish Thought in the Aftermath of Auschwitz (2006), Wrestling with the Angel: Toward a Jewish Understanding of the Nazi Assault on the Name (2006), Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought (2005), Along the Edge of Annihilation: The Collapse and Recovery of Life in the Holocaust Diary (1999; winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought/Philosophy); Sun Turned to Darkness: Memory and Recovery in the Holocaust Memoir (1998), The Greatest Jewish Stories Ever Told (1997), When Learned Men Murder (1996), Exile: Alienation in Modern Russian Letters (1995; winner of Choice Award), Pilgrimage of a Proselyte: From Auschwitz to Jerusalem (1993), The Shriek of Silence: A Phenomenology of the Holocaust Novel (1992), In Dialogue and Dilemma with Elie Wiesel (1991), Literature and Spirit (1988; first runner-up MMLA Book Award), The Affirming Flame (1988; winner of Choice Award), and Faith and Philosophy (1982). He is the editor and translator of the English edition of The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry (2002), and he is a major contributor and co-editor (with Alan L. Berger) of the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature (2002), as well as co-editor (with John K. Roth) of Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil, and the Holocaust (2005) and After-Words: Post-Holocaust Struggles with Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice (2004).  


Lecture Topics—Holocaust

              Religious, theological, and metaphysical dimensions

Uniqueness and universality of the event

Novels, diaries, memoirs, and literary response to the event

Implications for Jewish religious and secular life

Relationship between Israel and the event

Ethical issues during and after the event

Contribution of German philosophy to the event

The future of post-Holocaust Jewish thought


Other Topics in Judaica and Judaism

Jewish Mysticism

Judaism (holy texts, conversion issues, religious texts, religious concepts, etc.)

              Jewish thought

              Jewish history

              Jewish-Christian relations

              Jewish literature, including stories and storytelling

              Jewish education

Jewish social and cultural issues


Related Topics

              Islamic Jihad

              State of Israel


Address, Phone, E-Mail

              Office address: The University of Texas at Dallas

 Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

            800 W. Campbell Road, MS JO 31

             Richardson, TX 75080-3021


              Office phone:     (972) 883-2100

              FAX:                      (972) 883-2101

              e-mail: dapttrsn@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae