Memphis

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

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

Memphis is made of Upstanders. Their stories can inspire all of us to build a better world.

News

September 19, 2016

Facing History in Memphis recently launched the Memphis Neighborhood Schools Network, which will engage 11 schools from Midtown and Frayser in a deep dive info Facing History and Ourselves with the goal of improving an entire school’s culture.

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.

Events

Upcoming Events

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
  • 31
    Teaching Salvaged Pages
    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.

    Teaching Salvaged Pages: Using Diaries to Understand the Human Experience

    We will explore how the diaries and journals of young people during the Holocaust can be powerful historical and literary records. These powerful documents will help students confront the history of the Holocaust while examining adolescent choices, responsibility, and the impact of history on individual identity.
    1.31.17
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Hutchison School
    1740 Ridgeway Road
    Labry Hall, Room 114
    Memphis, TN 38119

February

  • 2
    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 civics education into ELA curricula. It explores important themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward others.

    2.2.17 - 3.8.17
  • 2
    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.
    2.2.17 - 3.15.17
  • 7
    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 Workshop: A Refugee Story

    Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl growing up in Vienna, was determined to become a concert pianist. In March of 1938, her dreams were shattered when German troops took over her homeland. Separated from her parents, Lisa was one of nearly 10,000 children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport—a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis.
    2.7.17
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • 9
    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.
    2.9.17 - 3.29.17

April

  • 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 civics education into ELA curricula. It explores important themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward others.
    4.6.17 - 5.10.17
  • 24
    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities
    Online Workshop
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities

    In this five-day online workshop, we will introduce you to content about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre that will broaden your teaching of World War II beyond its usual European focus. Through the lens of an overlooked moment in history—when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Chinese men, women, and children—we will discuss universal questions relating to war crimes and human behavior in times of crisis and explore post-war legal efforts to hold individuals and nations accountable.
    4.24.17 - 4.28.17

May

  • 9
    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism

    This webinar focuses on new materials that Facing History and Ourselves has developed on contemporary antisemitism.

     

    5.9.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event

June

  • 6
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Kentucky
    $0.00

    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This seminar features the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for 6th-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts.
    6.6.17 - 6.9.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Louisville, KY
  • 6
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $0.00

    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This seminar features the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for 6th-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts.

    6.6.17 - 6.9.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • 20
    Democracy at Risk (Chattanooga)
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $30.00

    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This seminar features the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for 6th-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts.

    6.20.17 - 6.22.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Chattanooga, TN

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Videos

Memphis Students: HHB Elective Prepared Us for the Future

Associate Program Director Steven Becton moderates a discussion with three students who share how the Facing History elective course on the Holocaust changed their thinking and prepared them for their futures. Our second annual Rachel Shankman Symposium, “Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World,” took place on March 15, 2016 on the University of Memphis campus. Students, teachers, and community members came together for this daylong symposium which focuses on the Facing History elective course, Holocaust and Human Behavior, currently taught in 29 Memphis-area schools.

Memphis Student Leaders on How Facing History has Shaped Their Lives

Three student leaders and one alumnus speak at the 2015 Facing History Memphis Benefit Dinner on the impact Facing History has had on their lives. The Student Leadership group brings together students from schools across Memphis that study a Facing History curriculum. Together, these students learn and develop leadership skills required of teaching, speaking, organizing, and facilitating discussion among peers.

A Memphis Student Leader Reflects on Her Facing History Experience

Get inspired by Addie as she talks about the type of work she and other Facing History Student Leaders from Memphis are getting done together.

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