Reflecting on the Rachel Shankman Symposium
On March 26, 2015, the Memphis office hosted the inaugural Rachel Shankman Symposium. Created in recognition of our founding Memphis director, this year's symposium celebrated the Facing History and Ourselves Elective course, and the commitment and creativity of those who teach it. Nearly 100 Facing History educators, students, and board members, joined us to engage with new scholarship, find inspiration, and connect with the larger Facing History community.
Raising Ethical Children: Discussing the Film "Selma" with Young People
The movie Selma brings to life the important civil rights era moment of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. For young people, who didn’t experience the march firsthand, the film provides a wonderful opportunity to explore what happened and how the historical moment still resonates today.
Our “Raising Ethical Children: Questions and Ideas for Discussing Selma" guiding document can help facilitate that conversation by providing historical context and questions for discussion that encourage young people to wrestle with issues of identity, inclusion and exclusion, respect for differences, and the value of participation.
Memphis Director Featured in The Commercial Appeal
"The Commercial Appeal has featured a guest column, "Learning to Have the Difficult Conversations," from Marti Tippens Murphy, director of the Memphis office on how educators can bring difficult conversations into the classroom in light of events such as the shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
Facing History and Ourselves is actively used in history, literature, interdisciplinary, government and specially designed Facing History electives in schools all over Tennessee. In addition to being incorporated into K-12 schools, Facing History is also taught in colleges and universities. Our program associates work with educators to help them use these materials in the most appropriate ways.
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About Facing History
Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History student leadership group. Addressing hundreds at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group.
Margot Stern Strom addresses educators, students, and community members in Memphis
Memphis alumni recount how insights learned with Facing History have impacted their lives
Jayanni W., a Facing History alumna, reflects on the importance of Facing History.
Student Brittney S. reads her poem "My Journey," about choosing a path to greatness, at the 2012 Memphis Urban Education Conference.
Mahal shares her experiences on a field trip to Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum.