Memphis

Our Memphis office serves more than 545 schools in the Memphis area, Chattanooga, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Office

Since our Memphis office opened in 1992, Facing History has provided professional development and resources for over 3,439 area teachers. Our content and methodology enhance the goals and objectives of Tennessee's state frameworks, including history/social science and English/language arts, and the Common Core State Standards. Our semester-long Facing History high school elective course has been certified by the Tennessee Department of Education and is currently taught in 25 high schools. The Shelby County Schools have adopted Facing History units as a mandate for the social studies curriculum in grades 6-8. We also have a robust presence in over 30 independent and parochial schools. Our program staff works also works with schools in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, KY. For more information about our work in the Memphis area, please contact us at (901) 452-1776.

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Address

115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

Contact

901-452-1776

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News

February 2, 2016

Memphis TV station WMCA talked with Marti Tippens Murphy, Memphis Facing History director, and Lauren Kennedy, Urban Art Commission member, about the expectations and excitement surrounding the Memphis Mural Project. Some Memphians, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Ida B.

May 18, 2016

Facing History’s Memphis director Marti Tippens Murphy and intern Lamisa Hasan, both Rhodes College alumni, are working together to complete the Memphis Mural Project.

May 5, 2016

Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis today announced the people and groups who will be memorialized on their “Upstanders Mural,” a public art project that will cover one entire wall of their office complex at 115 Huling Avenue in the South Main district of downtown Memphis. 

May 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Memphis's Facing History and Ourselves announces the people and groups who will be memorialized on the “Upstanders Mural," the South Main public art project.

April 28, 2016

The Facing History and Ourselves community mourns the loss of Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, 81, who passed away this past Monday, April 25. Rev.

Events

Upcoming Events

2016

September

  • 26
    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is an international and aspirational document created by Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others, in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. This online workshop will prepare you to bring this history into your classroom.
    9.26.16 - 9.30.16
    Event
  • 29
    Teach-In
    Student Leadership Event
    Tennessee

    Facing Ourselves: How Do We Deal with Difference?

    Join us for a multi-generational, cross-community conversation about our community and ways we can make it safer and more inclusive.

    Margolin Hebrew Academy
    390 S White Station Rd
    Memphis, TN 38117
    9.29.16
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Event

October

  • 5
    Fostering Civil Discourse
    Webinar
    Online

    Fostering Civil Discourse: A Webinar for Educators

    In this webinar, Senior Associate for Program Staff Development Jocelyn Stanton will model strategies designed to help you navigate these challenging times and support your students to develop effective skills for civic participation.
    10.5.16
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 6
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education into ELA curricula through the exploration of themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward other members of their communities.

    10.6.16 - 11.9.16
  • 6
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    10.6.16 - 11.16.16
  • 13
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course, we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.
    10.13.16 - 12.7.16
  • 13
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs in their attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
    10.13.16 - 11.30.16
  • 13
    Holocaust and Human Behavior in Jewish Settings
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in a Jewish Setting

    Grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values, this online course examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the connection between Jewish history and identity, the moral questions inherent in everyday life, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.
    10.13.16 - 12.7.16
  • 19
    Fostering Civil Discourse
    Webinar
    Online

    Fostering Civil Discourse: A Webinar for Educators

    In this webinar, Emily Weisberg, Program Associate, Jewish Education will model strategies designed to help you navigate these challenging times and support your students to develop effective skills for civic participation.

    10.19.16
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 24
    2016 Memphis Benefit Dinner
    Benefit Dinner
    Tennessee

    2016 Memphis Benefit Dinner

    Benefit Co-Chairs Dorothy & Fred Johnson and Meggan & Daniel Kiel invite you to join us on Monday, October 24, for an inspirational and thought-provoking evening with community leaders, educators and students. This annual benefit supports our vital work that impacts over 215,300 students each year in the Memphis area.
    Hilton Memphis
    939 Ridge Lake Boulevard
    Memphis, TN 38120
    10.24.16
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Event

November

  • 3
    Children of Willesden Lane
    Workshop
    Tennessee
    $10.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Children of Willesden Lane: A Refugee Story

    In this workshop, we will introduce you to tools and resources for teaching The Children of Willesden Lane. This will be complemented later in the year by the musical performance, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, by Mona Golabek, Lisa Jura’s daughter.

    11.3.16
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    TBD
    Memphis, TN
  • 13
    Face the Future
    Community Event
    Online

    Face the Future: A Game About the Future of Empathy

    Facing History and Institute for the Future will pioneer an online game for social change that will convene students, educators, and community members from around the world to imagine what a better future might look like in 2026. The game will take place November 13–14, 2016.

    11.13.16 - 11.14.16
    6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
    Event

December

  • 5
    Resistance During the Holocaust
    Online Workshop
    Online
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    Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans

    Join us for a three-day online workshop to explore our new unit, “Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans.”  This resource, created in partnership with Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, helps counter the portrayal that Jews were helpless victims, lacking the courage or means to fight back. 
    12.5.16 - 12.7.16
    Event
2017

January

  • 23
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    The shooting of Michael Brown and the protests that followed became a flashpoint for the discussion about race, policing, and justice. Using the information aftermath of Ferguson and a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will examine how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world, and how news literacy skills and concepts can help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and become effective civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

    1.23.17 - 1.25.17
    Event

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