Memphis

Since our Memphis office opened in 1992, Facing History has provided professional development and resources for over 3,190 area teachers. Our content and methodology enhance the goals and objectives of Tennessee's state frameworks, including history/social science and English/language arts, and the Common Core State Standards. Our semester-long Facing History high school elective course has been certified by the Tennessee Department of Education and is currently taught in 25 high schools. The Shelby County Schools have adopted Facing History units as a mandate for the social studies curriculum in grades 6-8. We also have a robust presence in over 30 independent and parochial schools. Our program staff works also works with schools in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, KY. For more information about our work in the Memphis area, please contact us at (901) 452-1776.

Address

115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

Contact

901-452-1776

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Events

2016

February

  • 25
    Look What a Wonder
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    A Community Conversation: Look What a Wonder

    Join us for a Community Conversation and performance of the acclaimed gospel musical, Look What A Wonder, by Walter Robinson.
    Michael D. Rose Theater
    University of Memphis
    499 University Street
    Memphis, TN 38111
    2.25.16
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • 29
    The Stax Records Story
    Workshop
    Tennessee
    $0.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Using Music to Explore History: The Stax Records Story

    What is the role music can play in shaping the way we see ourselves and others? What can we learn about the past by focusing on music? This workshop explores these questions and others, as well as the relationship between music and social change through five classic soul songs recorded at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, during the civil rights movement. 
    2.29.16
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    926 East McLemore Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38126

March

  • 3
    All the Way
    Reception
    Tennessee

    "All the Way"

    Please join us for a benefit performance of the acclaimed play, All the Way.

    The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, All the Way takes us to November, 1963. An assassin’s bullet has just catapulted Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A man with towering ambition and appetite, LBJ finds himself embroiled in passing the Civil Rights Act as he campaigns for re-election and searches for the recognition he so desperately wants.

    Playhouse on the Square
    66 Cooper St
    Memphis, TN 38104
    3.3.16
    5:30 pm

April

  • 7
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education into ELA curricula through the exploration of themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward other members of their communities.
    4.7.16 - 5.11.16
  • 11
    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities

    In this five-day online workshop, we will introduce you to content that will broaden your teaching of World War II beyond its usual European focus to include the Asia-Pacific theatre. Through the lens of an overlooked moment in history — the 1937 Nanjing Massacre when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Chinese men, women, and children — we will discuss universal questions relating to war crimes and human behavior in times of crisis, and explore post-war legal efforts to hold individuals and nations accountable.
    4.11.16 - 4.15.16
  • 12
    Introduction to Facing History: Choosing to Participate
    Webinar
    Online

    Introduction to Facing History and Ourselves: Choosing to Participate

    Our fifth webinar in this series provides an overview of the final step of our Scope and Sequence, "Choosing to Participate," which connects events from the past to issues we confront in society today. This step also includes contemporary stories of courage and compassion that exemplify how ordinary individuals can change the course of history by making informed choices and standing up for others. Program Associate Andrew Reese will share resources and model activities that you can use in your classroom right away.

    4.12.16
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

June

  • 7
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $490.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    This seminar examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups.

    6.7.16 - 6.10.16
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • 9
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    6.9.16 - 7.20.16
  • 9
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education into ELA curricula through the exploration of themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward other members of their communities.
    6.9.16 - 7.13.16
  • 16
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs when they were part of the attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course, we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
    6.16.16 - 8.3.16
  • 16
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups.
    6.16.16 - 8.10.16
  • 21
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $0.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This seminar introduces educators to Facing History's new resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.
    6.21.16 - 6.23.16
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Staff Development Building
    1161 West 40th St
    Chattanooga, TN 37410

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About Facing History

Facing History teaches students to think for themselves and widen their perspectives. This short video tells the story of what we do, how we do it, and the many ways that you can take part.

Videos

Memphis Student Leaders on How Facing History has Shaped Their Lives
Three student leaders and one alumnus speak at the 2015 Facing History Memphis Benefit Dinner on the impact Facing History has had on their lives. The Student Leadership group brings together students from schools across Memphis that study a Facing History curriculum. Together, these students learn and develop leadership skills required of teaching, speaking, organizing, and facilitating discussion among peers.
A Memphis Student Leader Reflects on Her Facing History Experience
Get inspired by Addie as she talks about the type of work she and other Facing History Student Leaders from Memphis are getting done together.
A Mission to Empower Students: "Wire" Actress Sonja Sohn on Urban Education
Actress and activist Sonja Sohn speaks at Engaging Education: Rethinking Learning, Teaching, and Achievement in Urban Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, in November 2012. In this excerpt from her remarks, Sohn explains how she needed to face her own personal history before she was able to grow, find her purpose in life, and give something positive back to the world.

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