Changemakers and Upstanders: Striving for Social Justice in our Times

Change Makers and Upstanders

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Changemakers and Upstanders: Striving for Social Justice in our Times

New England Facing History and Ourselves 2017-2018 Forum Series


Facing History and Ourselves values the connections between the past and the present and uses the lens of history to provide a framework for understanding today's issues. How can we understand the ever changing landscape of the United States and world? How can we help our students—and ourselves— engage in the unfolding present? Facing History New England will be hosting a series of three forums this academic year to explore these questions. The forums will invite educators, school leaders, and community members from across New England to examine the complex times we are living in.


FORUM THREE - Changemakers and Upstanders: Striving for Social Justice in our Times

Social justice requires a understanding of history and its legacies. Those legacies shape our response to injustice today. Join us and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as we explore ways to deepen our understanding of civic action for ourselves and our students. Featuring Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. Professor Allen will engage us in understanding participation and civic action with her framework “10 Questions for Changemakers.”

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to sponsor a  conversation between two powerful voices for social change:

Professor Danielle Allen is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship. She is the author of many books and publications, including, her new memoir Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown vs. the Board of Education, and Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.

Dr. Terrence James Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Roberts is the author of "Lessons From Little Rock" a powerful memoir takes readers through a rocky and violent year of attempted integration, helping us realize that the historic events of the Little Rock integration crisis happened to real people to children, parents, our fellow citizens. In 1999, he and the other people of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton. 


Click below to explore our full series of forums:


FORUM ONE - History, Democracy and Civic Courage


FORUM TWO - A New Conversation About “Race”?


Gutman Library Harvard University
6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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