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FGCU Art Gallery Opens 'The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture' Exhibition with Public Reception Oct. 5

FORT MYERS, FL -Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and media to the opening reception for "The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture" 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Art Complex art gallery. The show runs through Dec. 9.

The exhibition explores the issues of anti-Semitism, discrimination and stereotypes, and focuses on effective use of graphics and imagery over the centuries to foster bigotry and social division particularly in Florida since the Civil War.

Sponsored by the Ann Jacobson Fund, the goal of the exhibition is to display the origins and mutation of hateful images, as well as sensitize and educate viewers to the continued use of propaganda.

FGCU President William Merwin provides opening remarks, followed by Ann Jacobson, a Holocaust survivor and visionary for the proposed Center for the Study of Judaism, Holocaust and Human Rights at FGCU.

Founding executive director and chief curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida Marcia Zerivitz presents a gallery talk about the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. The collection is on loan from the Jewish Museum.

In conjunction with this exhibition, FGCU unveils the proposed Center for the Study of Judaism, Holocaust and Human Rights.

"The purpose of the Center is to build a bridge between the University with its academic resources and the faith communities and rights groups active in Southwest Florida," associate professor of philosophy and religious studies Glenn Whitehouse said.

"From arts and lecture programs to public school teacher training to cooperative projects with local organizations, we aim to bring an understanding of Judaism, the Holocaust and human rights to the broader community."

The Center will be established through funds donated by the community.

Other related talks and lectures at the gallery include:

"Postmark: Anti-Semitic Images in Prewar Popular Culture" by Geoffrey Giles, 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19

"My Brother's Killer? Christianity and Anti-Semitism" by Glenn Whitehouse, 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25

"European Anti-Semitism and the Roots of Nazi Ideology" by John Cox, 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Admission and parking in FGCU Lot 7 is free for gallery related events. The gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays.

For more information, media representatives should contact Gallery Director Scott Snyder at (239) 590-7354 or

For more information about the proposed Center for the Study of Judaism, Holocaust and Human Rights at FGCU contact Whitehouse at (239) 590-7218 or

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