Chicago Benefit Lunch

Friday, May 15, 2020  |  Hilton Chicago

The Facing History Chicago Advisory Board invites you to save the date, Friday, May 15, for our annual Facing History Chicago Benefit Lunch featuring New Yorker staff writer Dr. Jelani Cobb. This event will celebrate and support Facing History’s work to empower students in Chicago and around the world to use knowledge and compassion to stand up to racism and bigotry.

When & Where

Friday, May 15, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Program

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave
Grand Ballroom

Keynote Speaker

Facing History Chicago is excited to announce that Dr. Jelani Cobb will be our 2020 Benefit Speaker. Dr Cobb’s 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.


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

Stacy Sharpe, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
John Brooklier
Greg Cameron
Ellen B. Carmell**
Steve Cohen
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
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise*
Aretae Wyler

*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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