2020 New England Benefit Dinner

The New England Benefit Dinner scheduled for May 7, 2020 has been canceled. 

While we’re disappointed to have had to cancel this year’s Benefit Dinner, we are pleased to invite you to our latest 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, pour a glass of your favorite beverage, and join the Facing History community for an engaging and thought-provoking online series. Learn more and register for an upcoming conversation here.

2020 Featured Speaker & Upstander Award Recipient: Ambassador Samantha Power

We are honored to present Ambassador Samantha Power with the inaugural Facing History and Ourselves New England Upstander Award.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School. Power’s book, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World (2008) and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (2019), which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

2020 Sponsors

Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the 2020 New England Benefit Dinner. Please contact Marisa Diaz at [email protected] or at 617-735-1681 for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities.

About Our Work in New England

Each year our network of over 13,800 educators in New England reaches more than 970,000 students. We offer educators resources, professional development and follow-up support on a range of topics including racism, antisemitism, bullying, immigration, and other current histories. We have worked system-wide with the Boston Public Schools for several decades, and have created curriculum resources in History and Social Studies. We work with many systems in New England offering school-wide support addressing issues of school culture and social/emotional learning.

Learn more about our impact on the New England Page.

New England Advisory Board

Deborah L. Plummer, Chair*

Cara Ahola
Daren Bascome
Jeffrey Bloomberg
Lisa Blumenthal
Lynda Bussgang**
Beth Clymer**
Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Sally Currier
Michael Denning
Jane Edmonds
Matt Epstein
Marsha Feinberg
Rena Finder
Wendy Fischman**
Ilyse Greenberg
Keon Holmes
Jill Karp*
Susie Kaufman**
Emily Leventhal*
John F. Levy
Karen Secunda Levy**
Kristen Lucken
Mim Minichiello
Dale S. Mnookin
Lisa Mooney*
Tracy Palandjian**
Heidi Pearlson**
Frances S. Putnoi
Marci Sapers
Judy Saryan
Stacy Scott
Dana W. Smith**
Jody Snider
Julie Swartz
Susan W. Tofias**
Karen Tucker**

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, contact Marisa Diaz at [email protected] or 617-735-1681.

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