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

March 28, 2017

Over 2,200 Memphis students poured into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday to see Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one-woman show that uses music to tell the story of Lisa Jura, a Jewish refugee during the Holocaust.

February 26, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves, with support from The Allstate Foundation, the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, and the Orpheum Theater will welcome over 2,500 students from a diverse array of Memphis schools for Mona Golabek’s performance, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, on March 7, 2017.

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.

Events

Upcoming Events

2017

April

  • 27
    Building Bridges and Welcoming Stories
    Webinar
    Online

    Building Bridges and Welcoming Stories: A Conversation with Julie Mann

    Join Facing History Teacher Leader Julie Mann, of Newcomers High School in Queens, NY, for a webinar highlighting her "Building Bridges, Welcoming Stories” project. She will share projects that can build a bridge between immigrants and their new communities and challenge stereotypes about immigrant identities.
    4.27.17
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Event

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
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $430.00

    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

    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
  • 8
    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.

    6.8.17 - 7.12.17
  • 8
    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.
    6.8.17 - 7.19.17
  • 15
    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.

    6.15.17 - 8.2.17
  • 20
    Holocaust and Human Behavior (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.

    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

July

  • 10
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Workshop
    Missouri
    $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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    7.10.17 - 7.12.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
    7400 Grant Rd
    St. Louis, MO 63123
  • 18
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
    Workshop
    Tennessee
    $270.00

    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.

    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.

    7.18.17 - 7.19.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103

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Videos

Memphis Students: HHB Elective Prepared Us for the Future

Students share how deeply exploring Facing History’s seminal resource changed their thinking and prepared them for their futures. This panel took place at the Rachel Shankman Symposium.

Memphis Student Leaders on How Facing History has Shaped Their Lives

“I used to think Memphis History was just sad, now I see Memphis is empowering.” Here more from Memphis Student Leaders and Alumni.

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. Addie speaks at the 2015 Memphis Benefit Dinner.

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