Memphis

Since our Memphis office opened in 1992, Facing History has provided professional development and resources for over 2,600 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

Kenrick Hall, Room 16
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104-5581
United States

Contact

901-452-1776

Raising Ethical Children: Discussing the Film "Selma" with Young People

A Memphis Student Leader Using His Voice for Others

Reflections from the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner

Memphis Director Featured in The Commercial Appeal

Events

2015

March

  • 30
    Using Music to Explore History: The Stax Records Story
    Workshop
    Tennessee
    $0.00

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    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 during their recording at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, during the civil rights movement. The stories of the artists, the music, and the lyrics provide a window into the ways that music can inspire social change. 

    Participants will be introduced to our new resource, The Sounds of Change, which was developed in collaboration with The Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The lessons include activities that help teachers and students analyze lyrics, explore the historical contexts in which the songs were written, and grapple with questions about human behavior.

     

     

    3.30.15
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    926 East McLemore Avenue
    Memphis, TN

April

  • 21
    Parent Student Teach In
    Community Event
    Tennessee

    Parent Student Teach-In

    Experience Facing History at the grassroots level and get a snapshot of what students learn, do, and feel in their Facing History classes every day. 
     
    Members of Student Leadership groups from Memphis-area schools will facilitate interactive sessions for small groups of parents and community members using Facing History resources.
     
    Dinner will be served following the event.

    Central High School
    306 S Bellevue Blvd
    Memphis, TN 38104
    4.21.15
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

June

  • 9
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $500.00

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    Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    *3 Day Seminar with Online Component

    Online: June 2-8

    In Person: June 9-11

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial, as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this seminar 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. Participants will investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.

    6.9.15 - 6.11.15
    Christian Brothers University
    Buckman Hall, Montesi
    650 E Parkway S
    Memphis, TN 38104
  • 23
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $30.00

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    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This seminar 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.

    6.23.15 - 6.25.15
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Christian Brothers University
    Buckman Hall, Montesi
    650 E Parkway S
    Memphis, TN 38104

July

  • 14
    Chattanooga: Teaching the Reconstruction Period
    Seminar
    Tennessee
    $30.00

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    Chattanooga: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of the democracy are most vulnerable? This seminar explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.

    7.14.15 - 7.16.15
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Staff Development Building
    1161 West 40th Street
    Chattanooga, TN

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About Facing History

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

Videos

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.