Memphis

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.

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News and Announcements

October 26, 2018

Featured in Chalkbeat, this article describes the new youth initiative, Engage Memphis. The initiative aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young future voters on issues that affect their lives, such as school discipline, sexual assault and harassment policies, and diversity in schools. It is a collaboration with BRIDGES and Facing History and Ourselves. 

August 29, 2018

As students are returning to school at a challenging time in our democracy. At Facing History and Ourselves, we share an unwavering commitment to values that promote reflective and safe learning experiences, anti-bigotry principles, and a student-centered learning process. Read more about our new products that reflect those values.

   
August 3, 2018

The Facing History, Memphis Student Leadership Group are learning about the history of voting rights in the U.S. and will launch a social action campaign to re-engage voters.

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

Claude Steele presents at 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference

Claude Steele presents at 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference.

Facing History student Brittney S. at 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference

Student Brittney S. reads her poem "My Journey," about choosing a path to greatness, at the 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference.

Mayor A.C. Wharton at the 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton encourages nurturing an infrastructure of tolerance as we build the physical infrastructure of our cities.

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Memphis Events

2018

December

  • 31
    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Self-paced 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.

    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior

    This self-guided workshop introduces Facing History and Ourselves’ case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior, through multimedia resources, readings, and teaching strategies that engage students in this powerful history and the themes of decision making, ethics, and responsibility. This workshop is designed to provide lesson ideas and support to teachers who may have a limited amount of class time to teach about the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. This interactive workshop uses resources from the companion resource book Holocaust and Human Behavior and helps teachers develop a customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach and the one-week unit outline.
    12.31.18 - 8.31.19
  • 31
    Teaching Red Scarf Girl
    Self-paced 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.

    Teaching Red Scarf Girl

    This 5-hour self-paced online workshop introduces Ji-li Jiang's memoir, Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution, through multimedia resources, readings, and teaching strategies that offer educators an insightful window into the first tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution in China.
    12.31.18 - 5.31.19
    Online
2019

January

  • 9
    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

    Many teachers want their students to achieve emotional engagement with the history of the Holocaust and therefore teach this history with the goal of fostering empathy. Emotional engagement with difficult material takes time and often teachers are unsure how to include images and films from the Holocaust that some students might find emotionally disturbing.

    Online
    1.9.19
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 9
    And Then They Came for Us
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    And Then They Came for Us

    Join Facing History and Ourselves  and the Brooks Museum for a special screening of And Then They Came for Us.

    This history of Japanese American internment during World War II is retold in this documentary from Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider.

    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    1934 Poplar
    Memphis, TN 38104
    1.9.19
    7:00 pm
  • 16
    America Divided
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    America Divided: "Whose History?"

    Join Facing History and Ourselves and the Brooks Museum for a special screening of Whose History, an episode of the docu-series America Divided.

    Whose History, featuring correspondent Jussie Smollett, explores how Tennessee and Memphis in particular has faced our legacies of racism and white supremacy with a focus on the taking down of confederate monuments and the recognition of lynchings. The film includes interviews with Memphis activists and organizations working to create a more just and equitable city.

    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    1934 Poplar Ave
    Memphis, TN 38104
    1.16.19
    7:00 pm
  • 17
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.

    1.17.19 - 2.20.19
    Online
  • 17
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    Join us for our online course, Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, which will help you bring a fresh approach to exploring Harper Lee’s classic work with your students.
    1.17.19 - 2.20.19
    Online
  • 17
    The Bintel Brief and Immigration Today
    Workshop
    Tennessee

    Immigration and Integration: The Bintel Brief and Immigration Today

    This session will use excerpts of the Bintel Brief to raise universal questions about integration, assimilation, and acculturation, themes as timely now as they were when it was written.

     

    Goldie Margolin School for Girls
    388 Conwell Rd
    Beit Medrasha Room
    Memphis, TN 38120
    1.17.19
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 17
    Schindler’s List in the Classroom
    Webinar
    Online

    Building a Toolbox Against Hate: Schindler’s List in the Classroom

    How can we apply the lessons of the film Schindler’s List toward standing up to hatred in our own communities?

    This webinar will take place on January 17th at 1-2pm EST.
     

    Online
    1.17.19
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 23
    Igniting Student Agency Through Civics Literacy (MA)
    Webinar
    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.

    Igniting Student Agency Through Civics Literacy

    Join us as we explore the changing nature of civic learning and Facing History’s approach to nurturing students’ skills, knowledge, and dispositions for an active and engaged civic life.
    1.23.19
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Online
  • 23
    Rising Out of Hatred: A Conversation with Eli Saslow
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    Rising Out of Hatred: A Conversation with Eli Saslow

    Join Facing History and Ourselves for a conversation with Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.

    Saslow will share his insights about how white-supremacist ideals migrated from the far-right fringe to the streets of Charlottesville and beyond, in order to help us reconcile this polarized American moment and to better understand one another.

    University of Memphis
    499 University St
    University Center, Theatre
    Memphis, TN 38112
    1.23.19
    7:00 pm

February

  • 5
    A Conversation with Anthony Ray Hinton
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    A Conversation with Anthony Ray Hinton

    Facing History and Ourselves and International Paper are proud to present a conversation with Anthony Ray Hinton, author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, a powerful account of human dignity and hope and the fight for justice. Mr. Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985, and spent nearly 30 years on death row before he was exonerated in 2015. Today, Mr. Hinton works as a Community Educator for the Equal Justice Initiative.
    The Orpheum
    203 S. Main St
    Memphis, TN 38103
    2.5.19
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

March

  • 7
    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era

    This interactive online course for middle- and high-school teachers explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity. It includes Facing History’s free teaching resource: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy.
    3.7.19 - 4.10.19
    Online

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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
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
Kerry Hayes
Justin Jamerson
Dorothy Johnson
Carol Johnson-Dean**
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman**
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Jacqueline O'Bryant
Erin Ostrow**
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms**
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Megan Weinstein
Monica Wharton
Susan Mallory, Emeritus
Rachel Shankman, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

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115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

901-452-1776

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