“The Wire” Actress Addresses Crowds in Memphis

Actress and activist Sonja Sohn from HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire addressed Facing History and Ourselves audiences this week in Memphis, Tennessee.

Op-Ed from Margot Stern Strom Published in "Commercial Appeal"

Facing History and Ourselves’ co-founder and executive director Margot Stern Strom recently published an op-ed piece in the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal newspaper.

Semifinalist Upstanders Contest Voting Extended to Nov. 14

Due to Hurricane Sandy and differences in international school schedules, we are extending voting on our semifinalists until Wednesday, November 14 at midnight. Vote today!

Facing History Receives Renewed Highest Rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator

For the second year in a row, Facing History and Ourselves has received the highest rating of four stars from the independent nonprofit organization Charity Navigator, whose mission is to help individuals make intelligent giving decisions by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

A Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s. A 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. Granito shows how multiple efforts--the work of the lawyers, the testimony of survivors, a documentary film, the willingness of a Spanish judge to assert international jurisdiction--each become a granito, a tiny grain of sand, adding up to tip the scales of justice. Length: 104 minutes.

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Brookline Survivor Featured in “Boston Globe”

The longtime president of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston (AAJHSGB),  a friend of Facing History and Ourselves, and frequent classroom speaker, Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter has stepped down from his post, the Boston Globe has reported.

Arbeiter, who helped found the AAJHSGB in 1952, has worked with Facing History students in New England for many years, sharing his own story of survival during the Nazi regime when he was sent to Starachowice labor camp in Poland from 1942 until the camp was liberated in 1945.
 

The Nanjing Massacre Remembered: A Panel Discussion in Toronto

Facing History and Ourselves will co-host and participate in a panel discussion in Toronto, Ontario, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Chinese men, women, and children. Facing History’s Senior Research and Development Associate Fran Sterling will be featured as a panelist alongside novelist Joy Kogawa, educator Gerry Connelly, and playwright Diana Tso. The discussion will be lead by CBC Radio’s Michael Enright.

"Jewish Journal" Features Upstander Contest

The Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal recently featured the 20 semifinalists of Facing History and Ourselves’ Upstander Contest, which honors outstanding educators from secondary schools across the globe. One finalist, and winner of a $5,000 grant to continue work in their community, will be announced November 20, 2012.

Responding to Riots with Art: Facing History Students in London

Facing History and Ourselves students in London have responded to violence with art and the results were presented to the city mayor at a banquet held this month. At the annual City Banquet, students from the City Academy, Hackney, unveiled a thought-provoking and powerful series of canvasses done in response to the 2011 London riots to the Lord Mayor David Wootton and guests.

The canvasses were created after students participated in a series of workshops led by Facing History’s Michael McIntryre, senior programme coordinator for the London office.

Engaging Education: Facing History in Urban Schools

MEMPHIS –Steve Becton, who helps lead Facing History and Ourselves’ urban education initiatives, spends his days bringing quality education and learning opportunities to inner-city students and teachers. Since joining the Facing History staff in 2001, Becton has worked with students, educators, and administrators on issues of race, class, and cultural difference.

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