2017 New England Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place

For 40 years, Facing History and Ourselves has equipped educators and youth with tools that empower them to wrestle with difficult issues through the lens of history. Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the annual New England Benefit Dinner as we honor this milestone and celebrate the future of our work in New England and across the globe.

This premier fundraising event gathers 800 business, education and civic leaders from across New England and directly supports our vital work with students and teachers. We’ve been doing this work for 40 years, and it’s never been more important. Facing History students will change the world for the better if we help them pave the way.

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When & Where

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Program and Dinner: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Westin Copley Place Hotel
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA, 02116

Keynote Speaker

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen" (March 2017), "A Chinaman's Chance," "The Gardens of Democracy," and "The Accidental Asian." Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.

See the Highlights from the 2016 New England Benefit Dinner:

Ron Haviv with Phillip Martin at 2016 New England Benefit Dinner

Photojournalist Ron Haviv and Senior Investigative Reporter Phillip Martin discuss the moment and emotions Haviv captured on film in Ferguson, MO. This dialog is part of the keynote presentation at the 2016 New England Benefit Dinner.

Bosnian War Refugee: Healing Through Telling Her Story

Facing History Resource Speaker Jasmina Cesic explains how she gets as much as she gives from the students with whom she shares her experiences as a Bosnian refugee.


Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in the New England area and worldwide.  

About Our Work in New England

Each year our network of over 7,500 educators in New England reaches more than 529,000 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

Karen Tucker, Chair *
Patricia S. Bellinger **
Jeffrey Bloomberg
Lisa Blumenthal
Lynda Bussgang **
Beth Clymer **
Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Sally Currier
James Andrew Watson David
Jane Edmonds
Marsha Feinberg
Rena Finder
Wendy Fischman **
Tyler Hardy
Tina Henderson
Jill Ellen Karp *
Susan Kaufman **
Emily Leventhal *
John F. Levy
Karen Secunda Levy **
Kristen Lucken
Dale S. Mnookin
Lisa Mooney *
Tracy Palandjian **
Heidi Pearlson **
Deborah Plummer **
Frances S. Putnoi
Marci Sapers
David Schechter
Stacy Scott
Dana W. Smith *
Jody Snider
Julie Swartz
Susan W. Tofias, M.S.W. **

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, contact Farrell Boucher at [email protected] or 617-735-1619.

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