In 2015 Facing History and Ourselves celebrated ten incredible years of Community Conversations, marking the decade with its first ever event in Boston.
George Washington would have been 284 years old today. Facing History’s recent book, Washington’s Rebuke to Bigotry, on his 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, looks at the United States’ first president’s views on religious freedom, and is a powerful resource for exploring these essential civic lessons within U.S. history.
Charlie Kolodziej shares why he openly embraces his identity as a gay teenager.
On Yom HaShoah, we celebrate moments of bravery and resistance with three partisans' stories to shed light on this important part of Holocaust history.
What do Facing History and Ourselves classrooms really accomplish? Where do our students go after graduation? And how does our approach actually change their lives? We find one answer in the story of a Dominican teenager who immigrated to New York City less than a decade ago.
Find thoughtful, intentional teaching strategies and lessons for teaching about Charlottesville and the fight against hatred and bigotry.
One of Facing History's Program Associates reflects on the 2017 events in Charlottesville, Viriginia one year later. Understanding Charlottesville one year later requires bravely confronting American history and the ongoing struggle between those whose vision of this country excludes and those who seek justice while establishing space for more belonging.
As any Facing History teacher will tell you, many of our lessons begin with stories of identity.
A book recently came into my possession that has been tossed around in my family like a hot potato for several generations.
Entitled Religion and Slavery: A Vindication of Southern Churches, the book's author was James McNeilly, a Presbyterian minister and confederate veteran from Nashville, Tennessee. Inside the front cover is an inscription from the author to my great-great-great-grandmother.
"To Corinne Lawrence: A tried and true friend of many years—and a devoted lover of the Old South which I have tried to vindicate."
Last week, the United States media reported on an event that took place at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
A month ago, UCLA student Rachel Beyda put herself forward as a candidate for a student judicial board position. In the interview process, a student board member asked her, "Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?"
Members of the board then debated her candidacy and her ability to be unbiased.