Facing History Trustee Publishes New Book
With her book Hearts on Fire, educator, activist, and longtime Facing History and Ourselves friend, Jill Iscol, hopes to inspire visionaries of all ages, all over the world, to take action and make the world a better place.
“My hope is that the book will inspire people to take action about the societal problems they see and the causes they care about,” Iscol, an Honorary Trustee of Facing History, said by phone recently. “And that means everyone has a role to play.”
Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action is Iscol’s first book. Co-authored with Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Iscol self-published it in 2011 and in January, 2013, Random House released the title under its own imprint. Hearts on Fire features the first-person accounts of 14 successful young leaders as they explore questions like, What are your hopes for the world? What are your dreams for the future?
Iscol, who has been involved with Facing History for more than two decades, said working with Facing History’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Margot Stern Strom helped plant the seed for Hearts on Fire. “One of the reasons I wrote this book was because I was so inspired by people just like Margot,” Iscol said. “She was one of the inspirations for me to write this book.”
Today Iscol heads the IF Hummingbird Foundation. She has served on Facing History’s New York Advisory Board and helped launch a Facing History summer course at Teachers College at Columbia University for pre-service and in-service teachers.
“I still believe Facing History is one of the most effective and outstanding organizations that exists of its kind,” Iscol said. “For teachers, for children, for communities. It’s just the gold standard.”
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Facing History’s Julia Rappaport wrote this article. For questions or tips on what Facing History is doing in your community, email her at Julia_Rappaport@facing.org.