Community Conversations

For over a decade, Facing History and Ourselves has partnered with The Allstate Foundation to bring together communities around the country through meaningful dialogue about today’s most profound issues. Students, teachers, parents and community members from all walks of life gather during these free events to respect diversity, promote tolerance and create social change.

Join us - in-person or online - as we host distinguished speakers from a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. Stories have the power to impact our lives, challenge our collective thinking, and create new history makers. Come add your voice.

We've wrapped up our spring Community Conversations. In the mean time, you can explore our favorite Community Conversations from the past ten years. 

Past Community Conversations

A collection of videos from Facing History and Ourselves’ Community Conversation series, presented in partnership with The Allstate Foundation.

Understanding Genocide: One Choice Can Make a Difference

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen is the author of Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, which is about reconceptualizing, understanding, and finally stopping genocide. By interviewing victims, perpetrators, politicians, aid workers, and others affected by mass violence, Goldhagen identifies the consequences of choices made by individuals and implores us to influence those choices to prevent genocide and mass violence.

A Problem from Hell: Samantha Power Talks about Genocide

Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, discusses some of the reasons it is so hard to combat genocide and outlines a continuum of possible intervention responses. Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide in 1944 and the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide four years later, but the United States did not ratify the Convention until 1988.

Isabel Wilkerson: The Warmth of Other Suns, and America's Great Migration

In The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson tells one of the greatest under-reported stories in American history: a time when some six million black Americans fled the American South for an uncertain existence in the urban North and West. Their leaving became known as the Great Migration. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is the story of three who made the journey, of the forces that compelled them to leave and of the many others—famous and not so famous—who went as far as they could to realize the American Dream. Isabel Wilkerson spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting. This Community Conversation was presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver.

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