Kenneth Turan is a celebrated film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, and was a featured speaker at Facing History and Ourselves’ 2014 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner. The dinner, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday, January 27, celebrated Facing History’s 20 years of work with students, teachers, and schools in the Los Angeles area and featured clips from the film Ender’s Game. The evening honored founding Advisory Board Chair of Facing History in Los Angeles Karen Sulzberger, a friend of Turan’s.
Los Angeles Confidential Magazine has featured Facing History and Ourselves' Los Angeles Benefit Dinner, which celebrates 20 years of serving teachers and students in the Los Angeles area. The event will pay tribute to Karen Sulzberger, whose vision and support have been essential to Facing History's growth in the last two decades. Among her many contributions, Sulzberger was instrumental in bringing Facing History’s "Choosing to Participate" exhibit to the Los Angeles Public Library, where it was seen by thousands of visitors.
A program that has helped Facing History and Ourselves provide in-depth educator support and training to teachers and administrators at four low-income schools in Los Angeles got a boost Wednesday with the unveiling of a new government initiative that will steer millions of federal dollars into improving education, housing, and public safety in hard hit areas around the country.
This reading comes from the resource Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior.
The Jewish Journal has previewed Facing History and Ourselves' upcoming educator workshop for the Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) exhibition, on display at UCLA. The exhibit tells the story of the 20,000 Jewish refugees who found safe refuge in Shanghai from 1933-1941. The workshop will focus on how teachers can use personal narratives by rescuers and survivors as a way to bring this history into their classrooms.
The Los Angeles-based entertainment news website The Wrap has featured photos from the premiere of the new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. The event was part of Facing History and Ourselves’ Community Conversations series sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. Directed by Shepard’s friend Michele Josue and edited by Facing History alum Liam McNiff, the film introduces Shepard as he is remembered by his close friends and family.
Award-winning filmmaker Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don't Cry, spoke to Deadline Hollywood, endorsing the work of Facing History and Ourselves and celebrating new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Facing History hosts the film’s Los Angeles premiere October 8 at the Pacific Design Center.
On September 28, Facing History and Ourselves in Los Angeles hosted its second annual “Every Voice Matters” summit, which drew over 150 students, parents, teachers, and administrators from fifteen schools in Facing History’s Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network. Summit participants had the opportunity to screen the new animated short film Listening is an Act of Love, which depicts six stories from StoryCorps’ innovative ten-year oral history project. Each story reflects universal themes of identity, family, choices, and positive participation.
Facing History and Ourselves has partnered with several departments at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), including the Confucius Institute and the Center for Jewish Studies, as well as the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office of Hongkou District to present “Jewish Refugees in Shanghai,” a first of its kind exhibit on view at the UCLA Hillel from October 27 through December 14.