Since 1992, our Memphis office has provided professional development and resources for over 3,931 area teachers. These educators have reached 267,600 students in 668 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.

Brendan Ward: A Student Leader Using His Voice for Others

Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History student leadership group. Addressing hundreds at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group.

Teaching is Learning: Virtual Message from Margot Stern Strom, Memphis 2012 Benefit Dinner

Margot Stern Strom addresses educators, students, and community members in Memphis

Facing History Memphis Alumni Recount Transformative Learning Experience

Memphis alumni recount how insights learned with Facing History have impacted their lives


Memphis Events



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    Memphis 1968

    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.

    Memphis 1968

    Join us for a four-hour workshop that examines Memphis in 1968. Learn about the political, economic, and legal conditions that brought Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to Memphis . Explore the challenges of poverty, unemployment, lack of education, and the strike of the sanitation workers that propelled Memphis to front of the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll use multimedia resources to explore the impact King had on civil and human rights in the United States and what work still needs to be done to realize his “dream.”

    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Clayborn Temple


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    Community Conversation
    Community Event

    Enrique’s Journey: A Community Conversation with Sonia Nazario

    Presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The Orpheum Theatre.

    Orpheum Theatre
    203 S Main St
    38103 Memphis
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


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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 - 3:30 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
Kerry Hayes
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
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
Monica Wharton
Barbara Williams

* Emeritus Advisory Board

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Memphis, TN 38103
United States


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