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French selected for seminar on teaching about the Holocaust
Dr. Sandra French has been named one of 20 scholars who will participate in the Mandel Center’s Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar in January 2016. The program is for college and university faculty who are teaching or preparing to teach Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses. The theme of this year’s seminar is “After the Holocaust: Teaching the Post-war World.”
In 2014 French taught a course that analyzed Holocaust-related monuments and memorials. The seminar is an ideal beginning to French’s spring sabbatical, where she is researching communicative strategies used to memorialize the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews and others during World War II.
In Spring 2017, French will integrate her experience from the seminar and her research into her COMS 414 class -- Critical Analysis of Public Discourse. Students will study the challenge of representing the Holocaust to future generations. “The opportunity to participate in the seminar, and be with these other scholars, will help the class, help the course material and help my research,” French says. This year’s seminar will be held during the first week of January at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Dr. French earned her B.S. at Radford University, M.A. at Wake Forest University and Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication, the Southern Communication Journal, the Journal of Business Communication, and Business Communication Quarterly.