This March 3-5, 2018, vTapestry partners Christine Maxwell and Rebekah Nix were pleased to represent The University of Texas at Dallas' (UTD's) Office of Information Technology (OIT), School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS), and School of Arts, Technology & Emerging Communication (ATEC) by sharing new research and resources (managed by Corinne Griffin, OIT Enterprise Systems Developer) at the 48th Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. UTD's Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies is the new 'home' of this inter-faith, international, and interdisciplinary event.
Focused on Critical Moments in the History and Memory of the Holocaust, it was a full weekend of learning, discussing, and networking by over 100 educators, historians, and lifelong learners with several general sessions presented by UTD students and faculty. Along with Dr Anne Balsamo (Dean of ATEC), Christine and Rebekah delivered a paper titled Remembering in the Future: Redesigning Holocaust Education for Digital Discovery that included an overview of the Fall 2017 semester pilots of MOHO (in HUHI 6320 and ATCM 7331) and reviewed examples of the developing DI Assignment Blazer/Calculator (ABC). Both initiatives were well-received by students, faculty, and scholars as several new opportunities for collaborative projects were identified for further integrating iterative knowledge discovery into academic research within the complex field of Holocaust Studies.