S&T professor to speak on Quaker organization in Holocaust event series

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Refugees outside the U.S. consulate in Marseilles, 1941. Photo credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of Eric Saul.

Dr. Shannon Fogg, professor of history and interim associate dean for academic affairs at Missouri S&T, will give a talk titled “The American Friends Service Committee and the Holocaust in France” as part of the event series connected to the Americans and the Holocaust exhibit. The talk begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the S&T campus.

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that was created to provide aid to victims of World War I. After that war, the AFSC remained in Europe to help refugees from other conflicts and was present in France during the lead up to World War II. Due to the U.S.’s initial neutrality, the AFSC was able to continue aiding people in France even after the beginning of the Nazi occupation. Fogg’s talk will focus on the AFSC’s work to help Jews in France during the Holocaust, including its fundraising and publicity campaigns in the United States.

Fogg is a historian who specializes in the history of Modern France from the Enlightenment to the present, with an emphasis on social history. Her research focuses on daily life in France during and after World War II. She joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2004, and has since received the Faculty Research Award, the Faculty Teaching Award and the Faculty Service Award, and was named Missouri S&T’s Woman of the Year for 2014. Fogg received the 2009 Missouri Conference on History Book Award for her book The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers, which was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

For more information on these events, parent and teacher resources and recommended reading and viewing, please visit libguides.mst.edu/holocaustexhibit/events.

Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is an educational initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association. Missouri S&T’s library is one of 50 libraries nationwide selected to host the exhibit.

Americans and the Holocaust was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners — Joan and Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen and Rob, Nancy and Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och. The museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

For more information about the S&T events or to make arrangements for guided tours, please contact the Curtis Laws Wilson Library at 573-341-4008 or library@mst.edu.

About the Curtis Laws Wilson Library

The Curtis Laws Wilson Library is located on Missouri S&T’s campus at 400 W. 14th Street in Rolla. Dedicated in 1968, the library is named in honor of the dean of the university (then named the Missouri School of Mines) from 1941-1963. Learn more about the library at library.mst.edu.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires leaders and citizens worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum’s far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit ushmm.org.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of approximately 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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