The Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series

Concerns of the Lively Mind

Our Journey Home

My Life and Work in Dallas

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Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies
Director of Holocaust Studies
School of Arts and Humanities

Friday, April 20, 2018
2-3 p.m.
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
Graves Ballroom A, DGA 1.102

The public is invited to attend this free lecture.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth takes us on her life's journey, through the turmoil of the Holocaust and post-war Russian occupation to the triumphs of self, love and family. Fleeing from her native Hungary, through Austria to Germany, Dr. Ozsváth's path brought her to Texas and ultimately The University of Texas at Dallas. As a literary scholar, historian and touchstone, Dr. Ozsváth continues to shed light on the past and share her insights with the next generation of scholars.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth

Zsuzsanna Ozsváth is founder and director of the Holocaust Studies Program. She has published a number of articles, dealing with aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as with the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the 1980's, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust studies.

"The Holocaust Studies Program, with its combination of scholarly research, education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and its distinguished lecture series, is one of the distinguishing hallmarks of UT Dallas. The program's success is a result of Dr. Ozsváth's passionate dedication and charismatic leadership," Provost Hobson Wildenthal said when she was named to the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies in 2003.

In the field of translation, she started out with rendering and publishing a significant number of German and Hungarian poems and short stories in journals, but the culmination of her work in this field has been three volumes of poetry, each with UT Dallas professor Frederick Turner. Ozsváth has also published books and several articles on writers and poets of the Holocaust.

In 2009, she was named to The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, a newly formed state commission by Gov. Rick Perry. The commission is intended to provide educational materials to schools and colleges and help implement course studies and awareness programs of the Holocaust and other genocides.

In 2010, Ozsváth published her chilling memoir, When the Danube Ran Red, which tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, living under the threat of the Holocaust. The book has received reviews in a variety of journals such as The Sewanee Review, The English Review and Hungarian Literature Online.

Ozsváth received her doctorate in German literature from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Polykarp Kusch

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Dr. Polykarp Kusch was Nobel laureate in physics in 1955 and came to The University of Texas at Dallas in 1972. At UT Dallas, he was Regental Professor and served on the physics faculty.

His distinguished science career was complemented by his superb teaching. He delighted students with his presentations of physics experiments in his "Phenomena of Nature" classes.

Before coming to UT Dallas, Dr. Kusch had served as professor, vice president, provost and dean of faculties at Columbia University.

When he retired in 1982, UT Dallas established a program of annual lectures with the theme "Concerns of the Lively Mind" to honor Dr. Kusch.


Kusch Lectures

2021 Denise Park The Amazing Aging Mind: A Scientific Journey
2019 Alex R. Piquero Nothing Fake Here: Debunking the Immigration/Crime Relationship
2018 Zsuzsanna Ozsváth Our Journey Home: My Life and Work in Dallas
2017 Hobson Wildenthal The Lifecycle of a Science from Conception to Metamorphosis
2016 Suresh P. Sethi Conflicts in Supply Chains and Contracts that Restore Efficiency
2015 R. David Edmunds Defending the Omaha Nation
2014 Ray H. Baughman Nanotechnology for Fun and Profit
2013 Bhavani Thuraisingham Reactively Adaptive Malware
2012 Aage Møller The Malleable Brain
2011 Ram Rao From Perfection to Retail Competition
2010 Rainer Schulte Life as Translation
2009 John Hoffman The Phoenix Mission to Mars
2008 George McMechan 3-D Imaging of Earth's Energy Resources
2007 Alice J. O'Toole How We Represent and Recognize Faces
2006 Edward J. Harpham Adam Smith's Lost World of Gratitude
2005 Lawrence J. Overzet Industrial Plasmas: Enabling the Future
2004 Clay Reynolds A Cow Can Moo: The Irony of the Artistic Lie
2003 Roderick A. Heelis Our Space Environment
2002 Rajiv Banker Pay for Performance: Myth or Reality?
2001 Emily Tobey The Bionic Ear: Connecting Technology to Societal Change
2000 Stephen Rabe Debate Without End: Vietnam - 25 Years After
1999 Irving Hoch Urban Population and the Quality of Life
1998 Hanna Ulatowska Narrative in Human Experience
1997 A. Dean Sherry From Molecules to Man: A History of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
1996 Hal Sudborough Permutatios, Pancakes and Philogeny
1995 Robert Xavier Rodriguez The Mystery of the Two Worlds
1994 Frank Bass The Evolution of a General Theory of the Diffusion of Technological Innovations
1993 Bert Moore Passions of the Mind
1992 Gerald Scully Institutional Technology and Economic Progress
1991 Brian J. L. Berry Deeper Societal Structures - Glimpses Through a Macroscope
1990 William Hanson Our Solar System: A Perspective
1989 Robert Corrigan Tragedy - The Tragic, and The Historical Moment
1988 Sandy Friel-Patti The University in the Community
1987 R. Chandresakaran Education of High Quality: Can This be Achieved?
1986 Wolfgang Rindler Gravitation: From Newton to Einstein
1985 Anthony Champagne Science and the Edges of Life