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September 14, 2017

The release of this resource coincides with the current national discussion about race, history, and our collective national identity following the white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville, and the desecration of The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston.

June 6, 2017

The Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program (CAI), Facing History and Ourselves, and The Allstate Corporation announce the launch of the Better Arguments Project, a national series of town hall meetings to encourage Americans to engage each other in better, more productive debates about core American ideals.

May 10, 2017

GrubStreet, the nation's largest and leading creative writing center, is partnering with the Boston Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves to host a Write-In in solidarity with recent refugees, immigrants and all people in Boston on Friday, May 19.

May 1, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves announced the 10 student winners of the 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest on May 1. The contest is an annual event inviting students from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom to provide their perspectives on a topic that helps shape their world.

 

April 25, 2017

Keynote speaker Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist and author of the best-selling book Enrique’s Journey, will discuss her own experiences as an upstander working with undocumented children. Through her writing, Nazario strives to fully immerse the reader in the harrowing and perilous journeys that these children undertake.

March 14, 2017

Over 200 students from across the Chicagoland area will gather to hear journalist Wesley Lowery discuss the changing landscape of journalism and the rise of social media on March 15 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed.

February 28, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, are excited to present a Youth Lead Community Conversation featuring Ron Haviv on Wednesday, March 1 at The Maltz Museum from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Haviv, an award winning and Emmy nominated photojournalist, has been telling stories through his remarkably captivating photos for three decades.

February 26, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves, with support from The Allstate Foundation, the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, and the Orpheum Theater will welcome over 2,500 students from a diverse array of Memphis schools for Mona Golabek’s performance, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, on March 7, 2017.

February 2, 2017

Beginning today, secondary school students and their teachers in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom have the opportunity to win over $25,000 in scholarships and prizes through Facing History and Ourselves’ third annual Facing History Together Student Essay Contest, “Making Choices in Today’s World.” This year’s contest is inspired by the powerful quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate.

November 7, 2016

Facing History and Ourselves and the Institute for the Future, with support from The Allstate Foundation, are partnering to host an online game for social change, ​Face the Future: A Game About the Future of Empathy​.​ Face the Future will virtually gather secondary school students, educators, and community members from around the world ​to think about what empathy might look like in the year 2026—and how that future will impact the choices we make today.​ The game will take place November 13–14, 2016.

July 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cleveland Region of Facing History and Ourselves Launches Northeast Ohio Schools Network

Building on 40 years of experience, the Cleveland branch of the international education nonprofit Facing History History and Ourselves has partnered with ten schools -- public, private, and parochial -- across Northeast Ohio. The joint partnership, known as the Northeast Ohio (NEO) Schools Network aims to transform school culture and climate through curriculum development, school-wide programming, and whole-staff engagement. The result is schools that are more respectful, reflective, and participatory. These are conditions necessary for deep learning so students can gain critical thinking skills, empathy, civic responsibility, and the belief that they can make a difference.

June 1, 2016

The nonprofit organizations Facing History and Ourselves and Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) announced today a multi-year partnership that will integrate JPEF’s educational materials into Facing History’s Holocaust and Human Behavior educator resources and professional development. The collaboration is aimed at engaging teachers and students across the globe in an exploration of resistance through the narratives of Jewish partisans.

May 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Memphis's Facing History and Ourselves announces the people and groups who will be memorialized on the “Upstanders Mural," the South Main public art project.

May 2, 2016

The international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves today announced the seven student winners of The 2016 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. The winning students and their classrooms and teachers will receive over $9,000 in scholarships and prizes. 

This year’s contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World,” invited students to reflect on the themes, characters, and settings from Harper Lee's classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in order to make connections to their own experiences. Nearly 4,000 7th-12th grade students from across the U.S. submitted an essay.

May 2, 2016

This year’s contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World,” invited students to reflect on the themes, characters, and settings from Harper Lee's classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in order to make connections to their own experiences. Nearly 4,000 7th-12th grade students from across the U.S. submitted an essay.

April 28, 2016

This year’s contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World,” invited students to reflect on the themes, characters, and settings from Harper Lee's classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in order to make connections to their own experiences. Nearly 4,000 7th-12th grade students from across the U.S. submitted an essay.

Thornton’s “Black Is” was selected from nearly 4,000 student submissions from across the U.S. and was featured in Huffington Post Teen.

April 26, 2016

Today the White House announced a new partnership between the nonprofit education organization Facing History and Ourselves and First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative. Facing History and Reach Higher will partner around our shared mission of empowering U.S. high school students to create a better future for themselves and their communities. 

Facing History and Ourselves works to end bigotry through education, reaching more than 4 million secondary school students each year across the globe. The Reach Higher Initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school.

April 11, 2016

The international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves is calling on students, teachers, and members from the community to help choose the 2016 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest winners by visiting the contest site: contest.facinghistory.org/mockingbird/. Voting opens today, April 11. Constituents can vote once a day on the contest site every day for their favorite essay until voting closes on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET

March 3, 2016

Boston-based global education organization Facing History and Ourselves today announced the establishment of the Harper Lee Memorial Award. The award, along with a scholarship of $1,000, will be given to an outstanding entrant in Facing History’s current United States-based student essay contest “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World.”

February 25, 2016

Nearly 5,000 Northeast Ohio middle and high school students will attend free performances of Mona Golabek’s acclaimed one-woman show, The Children of Willesden Lane at John Hay High School.

February 17, 2016

Today through March 16, middle and high school students across the U.S. have the opportunity to win individual and classroom prizes up to $2,500 as part Facing History and Ourselves’ second annual Facing History Together Student Essay Contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World.” One high school senior will be awarded a $2,500 Upstander Scholarship, with their educator receiving a $250 Classroom Award. Five $500 Upstander Awards will be given to 7th-12th grade students, with their educators receiving Classroom Awards valued at $250. 

January 20, 2016

Facing History and Ourselves plans to recognize remarkable figures in Memphis’ history in a new mural at their offices in the South Main district. Known as “upstanders,” these citizens have taken positive action in the face of injustice and will be honored through the Memphis Upstanders Mural. 

To identify subjects for the Memphis Upstanders Mural, Facing History and the UrbanArt Commission (UAC) are calling on the people of Memphis to submit their ideas of who should be depicted. Submissions will be accepted online from February 3 through February 29. 

January 8, 2016

Facing History and Ourselves announced today that Jeremy Cramer will join the international education nonprofit organization as its Chief Development Officer, beginning the first week of February. Facing History helps educators empower young people to make the essential connection between history and the ethical choices they face in their own lives.

Cramer will lead Facing History’s multi-city development team to expand its reach to new donors while deepening relationships with current supporters. His efforts will raise critical funds to provide educators with the resources they need to help their students become thoughtful, well-informed citizens who practice civility and preserve human rights.   

December 9, 2015

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The City of Boston and ArtsEmerson, is excited to present a Community Conversation featuring Bryan Stevenson on Wednesday, December 9 at Emerson College from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Stevenson is one of the country’s most inspired thinkers and social justice advocates, and a leader in the movement to fight mass incarceration. He is a MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

November 24, 2015

In partnership with USC Shoah Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves has adapted video testimony from Foundation’s Visual History Archive into a carefully curated collection that complements its core resource, Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior.

November 19, 2015

Young people in Kenya now have a new tool to help them learn about difficult periods in Kenyan history and discuss justice, democracy, leadership, and their role as Kenyan citizens. It is an interactive, illustrated educational booklet, titled Learning from Our Past: An Exploration of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Kenya, created by the International Center for Transitional Justice and Facing History and Ourselves, in collaboration with Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

October 16, 2015

The Chicago office of international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation present a free Community Conversation event on Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m. with New York Times bestselling author, American photojournalist and human rights activist Lynsey Addario. Addario will discuss her memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, which is being produced as a feature film starring Jennifer Lawrence by Steven Spielberg. The November 12 event marks the 10th anniversary of Community Conversations and will be held at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL). Space is limited; reservations are strongly recommended at 312-345-3203 or facinghistory.org/communityconversations

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September 29, 2015

Facing History and Ourselves is proud to be the lead educational partner for Violins of Hope Cleveland (VOHC), a city-wide initiative focused on music and the Holocaust. The project is driven by five other local partners: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra, ideastream, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

August 6, 2015

The New Jersey State Legislature have passed on a resolution that urges Merriam-Webster, Inc. and the Oxford University Press to add the word “upstander” to their dictionaries.

July 28, 2015

Facing History and Ourselves – an educational and professional development organization that helps people of all ages confront the lessons of history – in partnership with the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom has launched the Give Bigotry No Sanction project to inspire thoughtful conversation about matters of religious freedom.

As part of this project, Facing History will publish Washington's Rebuke to Bigotry (Trade Paperback Original; July 28, 2015; $15.95),  an important book that shows how religious freedom, religious difference and civic identity are issues that are just as important today as they were in 1790.

May 11, 2015

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (May 12, 2015) – Facing History and Ourselves has announced nine recipients of the 2015 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants. Five winners for 2015, were awarded $6,000 and four runners-up were awarded $2,500. The grants will fund cutting-edge classroom collaborative learning project that inspire students to make a difference.

May 6, 2015

The Denver and Rocky Mountain States office of the international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, with co-chairs Brooke & Tom Gordon, and Dale & John Katzenberg will welcome Jonny 5 of the Flobots, as well as local teachers, students and community members at it’s annual Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Benefit dinners highlight Facing History’s work in the Denver area and honor the commitment of our supporters.

March 31, 2015

The New England office of the international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, with Co-Chairs Dale and Bob Mnookin and Heidi and Lew Pearlson, will welcome Michael Patrick MacDonald, teachers, and students at the 2015 New England Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The dinner highlights Facing History New England’s work and honors the commitment of its supporters.

March 27, 2015

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts (March 27, 2015) – Voters from around the world have chosen Shireen Afzal of the Woburn Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada and Arvaughn Williams of the City Arts and Technology High School in San Francisco, California as the winners of the 2015 Facing History Together Student & Alumni Upstander Scholarship Contest, the international nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves announced today.

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