Since 1992, our Memphis office has provided professional development and resources for over 4,804 area teachers. These educators have reached 356,300 students in 627 schools throughout Memphis, Chattanooga, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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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 independent and parochial schools.

News and Announcements

August 14, 2017

Resources to help educators manage the difficult conversations around the bigotry and hatred demonstrated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

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.


Get to know our work through stories told by teachers, students, scholars, and partnering organizations.

2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner with Jelani Cobb

Keynote speaker Jelani Cobb at the 2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner.

Nina Katz & Rachel Shankman Interview - On Cable Tonight

How can we prevent other genocide? How can we make our communities a better place to live?

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 Events



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    American Creed
    Community Event

    In turbulent times, what ideals do we all share?
    In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds and points of view to explore American ideals and identity. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

    American Creed Special Screening

    Join Facing History and Ourselves and WKNO for a special advance screening of the documentary film American Creed. The film screening will be followed by small group discussions facilitated by Facing History Program staff, which will engage viewers in a bold conversation about what it will take to uphold American democracy.

    This event is free. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
    Light refreshments will be served

    Rhodes College - Hardie Auditorium
    2000 North Parkway
    Memphis, TN 38112
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    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 workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers.
    6.5.18 - 6.7.18
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves - Memphis Office
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    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    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.


    6.19.18 - 6.21.18
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Staff Development Building, John Ross Room
    1161 West 40th St
    Chattanooga, TN 37410

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Facing History, Memphis Advisory Board

Tina Fockler, Chair

Toney Armstrong
Joey Beckford
Janice Berlin
Paul Berz
Phyllis Berz
Reggie Crenshaw
John Daniel
Jerry Ehrlich
Tara Engelberg
Mimi Grossman
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
Kerry Hayes
Carol Johnson
Dorothy Johnson
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Jenny Turner Koltnow
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Susan Mallory*
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Erin Ostrow
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms
Rachel Shankman*
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Andie Uiberall
Megan Weinstein
Monica Wharton
Barbara Williams

* Emeritus

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