2015 marks a decade of partnership between Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation. Over the past ten years, together we have held over 100 Community Conversations in ten cities, engaging more than 70,000 teachers, parents, and community members in meaningful dialogue about today's most profound issues, including respecting diversity, promoting tolerance, and creating social change.

Upcoming Community Conversations

Join us as we celebrate this milestone with a series of events, across the country and online. With the theme of “Stories Matter," we will host distinguished speakers from a wide range of experiences and perspectives, for conversations about the power of stories, particularly those from news and social media, to impact our lives, challenge our collective thinking, and create new history makers.

November 5 in Cleveland - Sonia Nazario

November 12 in Chicago - Lynsey Addario

December 9 in Boston - Bryan Stevenson

Register to Attend a Community Conversation

Add your voice to the conversation. Register to attend the Community Conversation near you. 




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    Community Conversation featuring Sonia Nazario
    Community Event

    Community Conversation featuring Sonia Nazario

    Join us for a Community Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario. She has written about social issues for more than two decades, most recently for the Los Angeles Times. Her astonishing bestseller Enrique’s Journey chronicles her reporting on a Honduran boy’s epic journey to the united States in order to find his mother.

    Lakewood Civic Auditorium
    14100 Franklin Blvd
    Lakewood, OH 44107
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    A Community Conversation with Lynsey Addario
    Community Event

    A Community Conversation with Lynsey Addario

    American photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s work regularly appears in The New York TimesNational Geographic, and Time magazine. She vividly captures conflicts and humanitarian and human rights issues across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Lynsey has received numerous awards for her work, including a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting and the MacArthur Genius Grant.

    AMC River East 21
    322 E. Illinois St.
    Chicago, IL 60611
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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    A Community Conversation with Bryan Stevenson
    Community Event

    Talking About Injustice: A Community Conversation with Bryan Stevenson

    Join us for a Community Conversation with Bryan Stevenson, attorney, human rights activist, and author. A MacArthur fellow and Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration in the United States.

    Paramount Mainstage at Emerson College
    559 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

5 Questions for Pulitzer-Winner Sonia Nazario

Watch Past Community Conversations

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

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.
Nicholas Kristof on the Moral Challenge of Global Gender Inequity
Journalist Nicholas Kristof explains the world's male/female ratio and describes gender inequity around the world as "the central moral challenge of our times." Kristof spoke at a March 2010 Community Conversation in Chicago sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation.