2019 Chicago Benefit Lunch

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago

Change happens when preparation meets opportunity. Young people have always been, and are today, at the forefront of social movements that have transformed societies around the world. Facing History and Ourselves gives young people, through our work with educators and in schools, the tools they need to be agents for change.

Save the date for our Chicago Benefit Lunch on Thursday, April 11, 2019 celebrating the power of youth agency, voice, and civic engagement. Together we can help prepare the next generation to face history NOW.

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When & Where

Thursday, April 11, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration
12:00-1:30 PM - Lunch and Program

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Can't attend? You can still support our work with a gift!

Keynote Speaker

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems -- hunger, drug addiction, immigration -- and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes. She was also a finalist for a third Pulitzer, in Public Service.

She is best known for Enrique's Journey, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, Enrique's Journey won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Upstander Award

We are proud to present our 2019 Facing History Chicago Upstander Award to Jerry Newton and David Weinberg. David and Jerry have dedicated their lives to social justice issues critical to the fabric of our democracy, supporting education, human rights, women’s rights and reproductive rights locally and internationally.

In 2016, they re-imagined The Weinberg/Newton Gallery as a space to create dialogue about the many social justice issues that concern our local Chicago community and beyond. In collaboration with artists and non-profit organizations, the Gallery works to cultivate a culture of consciousness and inspire change by way of exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, artist talks, and more.

This past summer, Facing History and Ourselves was proud to partner with the Weinberg/Newton to present the Weight of a World exhibit. Conceived of as a tool, Weight of a World presented artworks that elicited lessons to be learned – and to be taught – from global conflict, local lore, and cultural identity. The works recognized the roles of individuals within the long arc of history: how we are formed by our contexts, and how we may impact what comes next.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 Chicago Benefit Lunch.

Silver Benefactor

Bronze Benefactor



Our Work in Chicago

In Chicago, demand from teachers, administrators, and districts for Facing History's professional development is growing at a rapid pace. Adding to our work across the region, we are poised to begin a deeper partnership with the Chicago Public Schools - bringing Facing History's rich curricula to every middle and high school in the district. Facing History's ever-expanding teacher network in the greater Chicago region allows us to reach more than 570,000 middle and high school students in public, independent, charter and religious schools each year. Every day, Facing History provides teachers with the tools they need to empower students to become engaged, informed, and active citizens of tomorrow.

Learn more about our impact on the Chicago Page.

Chicago Advisory Board


John Brooklier, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
Ellen B. Carmell**
Steve Cohen
Linda Burns Coleman
Nicholas Colvin
Theresa Cothern
Lilly Farahnakian
Kristyn Friske
Jill Garling*
Karen G. Harrison*
Amy Kaplan
Kevin Keefe
Christopher D. Lueking
Richard Melcher**
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick**
Michael Pucker**
Peggy Salamon, MD
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe*
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise*

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221.

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