Give Bigotry No Sanction

Posted by Adam Strom on October 24, 2014

The recent row over Bill Maher and Ben Affleck's heated discussion of Islam on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher strikes me as an opportunity for a civic lesson–one rooted not in debating who is right or wrong, or who is bigoted or not, but one, that, in true Facing History and Ourselves fashion, is rooted in history. At Facing History, we have learned that history often provides a needed distance from which we can illuminate the present and inform more productive civic dialogue.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Choosing to Participate, Human Behavior, Human Rights, Facing History Resources, Religious Tolerance, News, Readings, Identity, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, History

Memory and Legacy: Matthew Shepard, 16 Years Later

Posted by Michele Josue on October 12, 2014

Sixteen years ago this month, on the night of October 6, 1998, two young men robbed, kidnapped, and tortured a young man named Matthew Shepard simply because he was gay.

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Topics: Classrooms, Film, Bullying and Ostracism, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Safe Schools, Identity, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves

Using Art, Literature, and Poetry to Study Untold Stories from History

Posted by Karen Scher on September 30, 2014

Forty-one years ago this month, a violent military coup in Chile led by Army Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet overthrew Salvador Allende's democratically-elected government.

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Topics: Classrooms, Art, English Language Arts, Teaching Strategies, Democracy, Memory, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Facing History Resources, New York, Teaching, Identity, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, Teaching Resources, History

“Un Odio Conveniente – La Historia del Antisemitismo” Free Online Spanish Language Workshop

Posted by Julia Rappaport on August 31, 2014

Later this month, Facing History will host “Un Odio Conveniente – La Historia del Antisemitismo,” a free online workshop in Spanish on the history of antisemitism.
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Topics: Online Tools, Professional Development, Antisemitism, International, Human Behavior, Human Rights, Teaching, Holocaust, Teaching Resources, History, Facing Technology

5 Ways to Celebrate the 51st Anniversary of the March on Washington

Posted by Julia Rappaport on August 25, 2014

Thursday marks the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Teaching Strategies, Democracy, Human Rights, Readings, Identity, Teaching Resources, Video, History

What Is It Like When Your Child Comes Out?

Posted by Julia Rappaport on August 20, 2014

“I think my daughter is one of the most remarkable people I know. I would do anything in the world for her,” Facing History Cleveland office director Mark Swaim-Fox told the Cleveland Magazine blog last weekend, after participating in the 2014 Gay Games in her honor.

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Topics: Cleveland, Bullying and Ostracism, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Identity

In Cambodia, Teaching a Difficult History

Posted by Jessica Lander on July 23, 2014

A woman who was interned in Auschwitz came to speak to our class.

We were in 7th grade and she gathered us around her.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Student Voices, Cambodia, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, History

Facing History Notes Passing of Civil Rights Champion and Journalist, John Seigenthaler

Posted by Julia Rappaport on July 15, 2014

Facing History is saddened to note the passing of lifelong civil rights champion, politician, and tireless journalist John Seigenthaler. Mr. Seigenthaler died Friday. He was 86.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Film, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Video, History

Holocaust Rescuer Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Posted by Julia Rappaport on July 9, 2014

Today Holocaust rescuer Raoul Wallenberg is being posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Wallenberg, who passed away two years ago, was a Swedish envoy who protected Jewish Swiss citizens during World War II, saving tens of thousands of Jews.

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Topics: Film, Antisemitism, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, Video, History

What Can "To Kill a Mockingbird" Teach Us About Ourselves?

Posted by Dan Sigward on July 7, 2014

Nearly 54 years to the day after it was first published, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird comes out as an ebook for the first time on July 8.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, English Language Arts, Democracy, Choosing to Participate, Human Behavior, Human Rights, Readings, Identity, History

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