Change happens when preparation meets opportunity. This is the moment. Join us on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom for the annual New York Benefit Dinner to celebrate 25 years of work with teachers, students, and schools in the New York area. Together we’ll explore where we’ve been and how with your support we can help the next generation face history NOW.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:00-7:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:00-9:00 PM Dinner and Program
9:00-10:00 PM Dessert Reception
141 West 54th Street
New York, New York 10019
R. Derek Black was raised in one of the most prominent families leading the white nationalist movement. His father founded the first white nationalist website and online community, Stormfront, and Derek spent the first two decades of his life as an enthusiastic activist in his family’s movement. While attending a liberal arts college, amidst an enormous uproar by the students over his presence, he began to engage with friends through a weekly Shabbat dinner in the dorms. Through long, private and sometimes painful, conversations with a person he met at those dinners, he conceded that the evidence for the ideology he had fought so hard to promote did not hold up, and that he had actively caused harm by promoting it. He renounced the white nationalist movement in 2013 and has spent the years since then coming to terms with his identity. Today he is a graduate student in history, and the subject of Eli Saslow’s new book, Rising Out of Hate.
Derek will be joined in conversation by Allison Gornik, a great influence in his decision to change his ideology, and Marc Skvirsky, Facing History’s Chief Program Officer.
We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 New York Benefit Dinner.
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Each year, our network of over 12,000 middle and high school educators in the tri-state area reaches more than 870,000 students in over 2,000 schools. We provide educators with powerful curriculum, innovative professional development, and follow-up support on a range of topics including racism, antisemitism, bullying, immigration, and identity. As students explore the complexities of history and current events, they reflect on the choices they confront in their own lives.
For more information please contact Erin O’Donnell at [email protected] or at 646-998-5840 x223.