Liz Vogel

Liz Vogel joined Facing History in 2001, and currently serves as Los Executive Angeles Director. She leads a strategic plan to significantly increase both the number of schools participating in Facing History programs, and the funding to support it. Liz hails from the Jersey Shore but claims fierce allegiance to her California lifestyle.

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A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea

Posted by Liz Vogel on November 21, 2018

 

Our second Book Cafe is coming up on Sunday, December 2, 1-3 PM featuring A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel. RSVP by emailing me at liz_vogel@facinghistory.org.

"Nervously they waited to board. Doaa shifted from foot to foot in the long line to get through customs. Hamudi clutched his mother's arm, while Saja and Nawara sat on their suitcases, standing only to shuffle forward whenever the line moved. It felt as if every part of the journey were about waiting. Jordanian customs officials seemed to be singling out Syrians for security searches, and Doaa's family was asked to come forward with their luggage, while a group of Egyptian travelers were waved through. Doaa lifted her suitcase onto the table in front of the customs officers. When they unzipped her luggage, she looked at what she had hastily selected in the overwhelmingly emotional last hours at home: two dresses, a couple of pairs of pants, two blazers, a few skirts, several veils, and a few accessories. She stared at the meager contents of her suitcase and thought of the books she had left behind because they were too heavy - one about dream interpretation, a few novels, poetry by Nizar Qabbani, and a workbook on English grammar. She pictured her small teddy bear that lit up and made a kissing sound when she squeezed it, and her fashion sketches of clothes she dreamed of wearing in a future she no longer had." (from Chapter 4, Life as a Refugee)

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Topics: Book, Refugees, Refugee Crisis

Facing History Book Cafe

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 17, 2018

You may be familiar with the Japanese word tsundoku, a noun that describes a person who buys books but never reads them, and then lets them pile up everywhere.
 
I can relate!  My reading list grows almost daily. I'm drawn, more than ever, to books that can help make meaning of the world around me. It's no surprise that I gravitate to stories tied to the big questions that Facing History examines: identity and belonging, we and they, racial justice, civic engagement.
 
That's why this year I'm piloting a Facing History Book Cafe, to help me read some of the incredible books I've stacked up in my home and office! Every other month, I'll host a bookclub conversation in a private home, open to teachers, students, donors, community members and friends. I've chosen a selection of books (see below) from a variety of genres - YA fiction, memoir, historical nonfiction and social commentary. 
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The Unknown Upstander in Operation Finale

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 5, 2018

Operation Finale, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Oscar Isaac and Haley Richardson, is now playing in theaters. Based on a true story, the film details the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Nazi Final Solution, in Argentina in 1960.

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2018-19 Back to School Message

Posted by Liz Vogel on August 13, 2018

Liz Vogel, Los Angeles Director for Facing History and Ourselves, shares some thoughts and upcoming opportunities for Southern California educators as schools start the school year.

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A Back to School Message from Liz Vogel

Posted by Liz Vogel on August 15, 2017

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Topics: Back-To-School

Upstanders from 2017 LA Partnership Schools

Posted by Liz Vogel on June 6, 2017

Upstanders: those who do not simply stand by in the face of injustice, but understand that each one of us can make a difference

Each year, we invite our Los Angeles Partnership Schools to nominate an individual or group that has demonstrated the qualities of an Upstander in their school community. This year’s theme, Building Empathy, clearly resonated; many schools had difficulty choosing just *one* person or group to nominate! Together with The Allstate Foundation, Facing History is proud to recognize the effort and action of the following Upstanders in communities across Los Angeles.

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Topics: A View from the Classroom, Upstanders

Empathy is Vital

Posted by Liz Vogel on December 2, 2016

I recently sat down with comedian Sarah Silverman and LA Advisory Board member Jesse Stern. A few months ago, Sarah posted an image with Facing History's original resource book, Holocaust and Human Behavior, calling it one of three books that has most shaped her life.

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Topics: Alumni, Empathy, Upstanders, Holocaust and Human Behavior

Giving Back to Facing History and Ourselves

Posted by Liz Vogel on November 28, 2016

I met Suzanne Ellis Wernevi on our first day of freshman year in college. We lived on the same hallway, became fast friends, and have shared countless adventures over the last two decades.

Suzanne is also a Facing History alumna, and I credit her with bringing me to Facing History over 15 years ago. As I considered my first job with Facing History, a tiny nonprofit I’d never heard of, it was Suzanne’s instant endorsement that sealed the deal.

Today, Suzanne owns a jewelry business, Luna & Stella, in Providence, Rhode Island, and she has chosen to support Facing History in two ways:

On #GivingTuesday, November 29th, Luna & Stella will donate 20% of all sales to Facing History.

Then, through December 31st, use the code FACINGHISTORY and Luna & Stella will donate 20% of your purchase price to Facing History. This way each customer knows exactly how much will be donated.

 

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Topics: Alumni, Community, Empathy

Facing Ourselves is Not Easy

Posted by Liz Vogel on November 11, 2016


The first days after the election have over-delivered on what I feared most: an open platform for bigotry, hate and violence.
 
White students in schools chanting "Build the wall,'" "White power," and "Heil Hitler."
White students formed a 'wall' to block Latino students from entering school.
Rainbow flags burned.
Confederate flags raised.
Muslim girls and women attacked on the subway, on the street, in stores and in school.
 
 
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Start Somewhere

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 22, 2016

Last night, I lay awake replaying the day's headlines in my mind; in particular the news of fatal shootings of black men by police in both Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC. The kids were asleep, and my partner, who is black, was on his way home from his weekly basketball game. He was later than usual, and I slipped into a momentary panic, wondering if something was wrong. Was he pulled over while driving home? His tail light went out a while ago; did he ever get that fixed? Are his windows tinted too dark? Was he speeding to get home a little faster? I reminded myself that we live in LA, as if that could reassure me. But I recalled Ezell Ford, Donnell Thompson, and Brandon Glenn, just to name a few black men killed by police in Los Angeles in the last year. 
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Topics: Racism, Parents, Human Behavior

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