Section 508 Website Accessibility

Skip to site navigation Skip to main content
Skip to main content
Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff

Office of Vice President and Chief of Staff
News and Media
Related Links

Office of Vice President and
Chief of Staff
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
Fax:     (239) 590-1066

Press Release


McShane Selected for U.S. Holocaust Museum Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University assistant professor of art history Megan Colleen McShane participated in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2005 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty seminar "The Holocaust and Anti-Semitism in France" Jan. 5-11 in Washington D.C.

Participation was limited to 20 professors from U.S. institutions and one international participant who teach a course on 20th century France.

The seminar, the sixth in a series of CAHS programs aimed at strengthening Holocaust teaching at the university level, was comprised of daily sessions examining the prewar background of anti-Semitism in France, the Jewish refugee crisis of the 1930s, the anti-Semitic policies of the Vichy government, the role of public opinion in the Holocaust in France, Jewish responses to the Holocaust, and Holocaust memory and Holocaust denial in French national consciousness.

"This seminar and the lessons of the Holocaust are particularly important today, when anti-Semitism appears once again to be on the rise in France and elsewhere," director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Paul Shapiro said. "Assisting college faculty who teach this difficult subject is one of the museum's highest priorities."

The seminar is endowed by Edward and David Hess in memory of their parents, Jack and Anita Hess, who believed passionately in the power of education to overcome racial and religious prejudice.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies promotes the development of the field of Holocaust studies through research, fellowship programs, publications and conferences. The CAHS is also linked with institutions of higher education through activities that foster quality teaching about the Holocaust at American colleges and universities.

A public-private partnership, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ( ) is a federal institution whose educational activities and outreach are made possible through private donations. More than 250,000 individuals, foundations and corporations helped build the institution and currently support its programs and operations.

For more information, contact McShane at (239) 590-7427.

[Back to the Press Release Archives]