Eloise Gordon is an 8th grade student at Stanley British Primary School in Denver, Colorado. On May 8, 2013, she addressed teachers, students, and community members at the fifth annual Facing History and Ourselves Benefit Dinner in Denver. At the event, she talked about how studying the Holocaust in her Facing History and Ourselves class helped her connect with her own personal history. Below is an edited version of her speech.
In the description of the incident, and in interviews with some of the key people involved, a girl named Tina is mentioned various times. Although Tina played an important role in the ostracism that occurred among the seventh grade girls, she was not included in the interviews conducted as part of the Harvard/Facing History and Ourselves research study. The reason for this omission is that there were two eighth grade Language Arts sections in the school and Tina was in the section in which we were conducting interviews. All of the five other girls were in the other section where we were conducting interviews.
Two Facing History alumni bond over their past experience with the program.
John L. Loeb, Jr. has a story to tell. Actually, he has many stories to tell: scion of a storied family in American finance, tireless philanthropist and patron of culture, Ambassador to Denmark in the Reagan administration, advisor and trustee and board member to a host of institutions, honored recipient of countless service awards and recognitions.
The partnership between Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project calls upon Facing History’s unique pedagogy and the News Literacy Project’s deep understanding of the skills today’s students need to be critical consumers of news. This project integrates Facing History’s model, which asks students to make connections between history, current events, and their own lives, with the News Literacy Project’s goal to give students news literacy tools to become information citizens. Our work together aims to provide educators with the professional development and resources to help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and responsibly create and share news and information in a digital age.
Confronting Apartheid was created in partnership with the Boston University African Studies Center, part of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. The BU African Studies Center was founded in 1953 to promote excellence in research, study, publication, and teaching about Africa. We are pleased to partner with Facing History through our Outreach Program and with support from the US Department of Education, which has designated the BU African Studies Center a Title VI National Resource Center. The views in the materials do not represent those of the US Department of Education.