Facing the Past: Lynching and American Civic Memory

Posted by Karen Murphy on February 19, 2015

Sam Hose. Thomas Moss. Elias Clayton. Keith Bowen. Jesse Thornton. William Little. Jeff Brown.
They are just seven names of thousands of black Americans murdered by lynching, many of which were included last week in a report from Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) that identifies victims of lynching between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. It's a list that could go on for pages and, yet, still to this day remains incomplete.

The history of lynching remains widely unknown today, especially among many white Americans.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Reconstruction, News, Race and Membership, Teaching Resources, History

Talking About Paris: Citizenship in the Face of Division, Fear, and Hatred

Posted by Karen Murphy on January 12, 2015

Teaching after mass violence, including acts of terrorism, is incredibly challenging.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Democracy, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Immigration, Religious Tolerance, Teaching, Schools, News, Identity, Genocide/Collective Violence

After Eric Garner: One School’s Courageous Conversation

Posted by Dr. Steven Becton on December 10, 2014

As I prepared to write this post, I had to confront the most difficult, yet most important, person that I would be in conversation with: myself.

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Topics: Classrooms, Teaching Strategies, Democracy, Students, Human Rights, Safe Schools, Teaching, Schools, News, Identity, Teaching Resources, Teachers

Talking to Students About Ferguson

Posted by Mary Hendra on November 25, 2014

As a teacher, you carefully prepare for your students, plan your lessons, develop curriculum that will meet expectations of administrators, engage students, and build critical skills for academic success. And then, there are the news items – local or global – that capture students’ hearts and minds

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Topics: Classrooms, Facing History Resources, Safe Schools, Teaching, News, Identity, Race and Membership, Teachers, Civil Rights

The Passing of Thomas M. Menino, Five-Term Mayor of Boston and Friend of Facing History

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 31, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is saddened to note the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, at age 71. Mayor Menino was a champion for civic and educational equality, and a longtime supporter of Facing History.

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Topics: Boston, Schools, News, Facing History and Ourselves

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

Facing History Community Mourns Loss of Holocaust Survivor and Friend Dr. Maurice “Ries” Vanderpol

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 21, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is saddened to note the passing of longtime friend, mentor, and Facing History supporter Dr. Maurice "Ries" Vanderpol. Ries, as his friends and family called him, died on October 19, 2014.

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Topics: News, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Facing History and Ourselves, Survivor Testimony, Video

Roger Brooks Named President and CEO of Facing History

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 20, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to share the following message to the Facing History community from Julie A. Leff and Tracy Palandjian, Co-Chairs of Facing History's Board of Directors, and Seth A. Klarman, Chair of our Board of Trustees.
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Topics: News, Facing History and Ourselves

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