Chicago Benefit Lunch

The Chicago Benefit Lunch scheduled for May 15, 2020 has been canceled. 

While we’re disappointed we won’t be able to gather in person for this year’s Benefit Lunch, we are pleased to invite you to our virtual Community Conversation series!

Amid these unprecedented times, we recognize the importance of coming together as a community—no matter our physical distance.  We invite you to gather your family and join the Facing History community for an engaging and thought-provoking online series. Learn more and register for an upcoming conversation here.

2020 Keynote Speaker

Facing History Chicago is excited to announce that Dr. Jelani Cobb will be our 2020 Benefit Speaker. Dr Cobb is a staff writer for The New Yorker and Ira P. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. Dr. Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, and was praised for combining “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian.” Dr. Cobb will lead us in a conversation exploring the history and present struggles for voting rights and civic engagement in the United States.

2020 Chicago Upstander Award

We are proud to present the Facing History and Ourselves 2020 Chicago Upstander Award to Latham & Watkins, LLP.

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, their lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supporting initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Since 2004, Latham & Watkins has partnered with the Facing History office in Chicago, supporting our work in the Chicago Public Schools and across the region. We are honored to have Latham & Watkins’ Partners, Christopher Lueking and Michael Pucker, serve on our Chicago Advisory Board. Whether it is through providing pro bono legal services, financial and in-kind support, or volunteer time, Latham & Watkins is dedicated to serving the legal community, Chicagoland, and the world.

2020 Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 Chicago Benefit Lunch.

Silver Benefactor

Bronze Benefactor


CIBC  |  Colliers  |  ITW
Joffrey Ballet  |  Loop Capital

Facing History and Ourselves provides unique sponsorship opportunities and benefits for businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in supporting the Chicago Benefit Lunch. Please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221 for more information.

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 in the second year of a 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 750,000 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

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

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