New York

Since 1993, our New York office has helped over 15,000 educators reach more than 1 million students from 2,235 public, independent, and religious schools throughout the metropolitan area.

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Many of the schools we serve are implementing Facing History as a way to engage students in their own learning and develop civic skills.

News and Announcements

May 29, 2020

Having watched the events of the last week: the indignity Christian Cooper experienced, George Floyd's death at the hands of police, the sorrow and outrage of protesters in Minneapolis and around the country—all set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color and reinforces long standing inequities—we are hurting and grieving. A message from Facing History President and CEO, Roger Brooks.

February 24, 2020

From NY Daily News, read an article by Alhassan Susso, 2019 Facing History Upstander recipient: "When I arrived in the United States at the age of 16 from The Gambia, I had a visa, $20, two pairs of pants and a shirt. Like many immigrants before me, not only was I dealing with my judgments of America, but America’s judgment of me."

January 26, 2020

From, read an article by Melanie Arroyave, Facing History alumna and New York Student Upstander: "When you know somebody’s story, it should be impossible to see them as anything other than human. Yet when I see the United State’s policies separating immigrant families—families like mine—what seems like more incidents of race and culture-based violence daily, and the growing distrust of people from immigrant communities, it makes me wonder how some people fail to see the humanity of their neighbors."

December 06, 2019

From Iohud, With swastikas and other symbols of hate regularly showing up in local schools, teachers must talk to their students about the rise of white nationalism and the dangers of falling prey to false arguments about race. "These conversations are not comfortable — that's a fact," said Juan Castellanos, associate program director for the New York office of Facing History and Ourselves. 

November 06, 2019

From The 74, at the Facing History School in Hell’s Kitchen, teaching slavery using the 1619 Project aligns with the school’s existing mission to “recenter” history around “people who are often forgotten.” Hear how the school is weaving Facing History and Ourselves concepts with the 1619 content. 

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Events in New York



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    The Collapse of Democracy: Lessons from the Nazi Era
    New York

    The workshop will be held via Zoom.

    The Collapse of Democracy: Lessons from the Nazi Era

    On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, join us along with Dr. Benjamin Carter Hett as we explore the fragility of democracy, the relationship between identity and authoritarian politics, and what lessons from Germany in the 1920s and 30s we can apply to today.

    November 19, 2020
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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    Teaching Memoir Series: Identity, History, and Choices
    New York

    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 Memoir Series: Identity, History, and Choices

    This three part series will draw on Facing History’s Witnesses to History Collection, to explore ways to engage youth in thinking about identity, reflecting on the impact of history on individuals and groups, and analyzing adolescent choices. The third session will feature Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know.

    This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers in the New York/New Jersey area. NY participants will receive CTLE hours and NJ participants can get PD hours upon completion.

    January 20, 2021 - February 10, 2021
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Melanie Arroyave at the 2019 New York Benefit Dinner

2019 Student Upstander Award Recipient, Melanie Arroyave, shares how interviewing a Holocaust survivor as part of her Facing History class helped her come to terms with her own family’s struggles, and how it shaped her future.

Alhassan Susso at the 2019 New York Benefit Dinner

2019 Teacher Upstander Award Recipient, Alhassan Susso, shares his story of his emigration from Gambia and how his early experiences in this country inspired him to become a teacher to empower immigrant families.

2018 New York Student Upstander, Emily Cubilete, Speech

Emily Cubilete shares her personal story as a Facing History high school student in NJ and a Criminal Justice graduate student.


Facing History, New York Advisory Board

Lori R. Fife, Chair*

Jennifer Aubrey**
Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Armando Bengochea
Pascale E. Berner**
Zoe Bernstein
Rob Beyer
Cecilia Chan**
Lee A. Daniels
Fleur Fairman
Mark Federman
Michael S. Feldberg**
Mark S. Fife*
Caren Osten Gerszberg
Bjorn Haines
Joseph Jackson
Julie Abrams Leff*
Tamara Levenson
Rachel Levin
Evan C. Meyers**
Mark Najarian
Jane C. Och**
Richard Perry*
Julia Pershan
Heidi Rieger
Lisa Shamus
Michael Shuman
David R. Trower
Kate Waisman
Shai Waisman

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

New York Speakers Bureau

Facing History New York's Speakers Bureau is a unique resource for educators. Bringing a speaker into your classroom illuminates the history you teach and helps students connect this history to the moral choices they make in their own lives. Our regional speakers bureau includes veterans of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and survivors of the Holocaust. 

Hosting a guest speaker in your classroom requires thoughtful preparation. Please follow our Speaker Visit Checklist.

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