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Strangers When We Meet

Posted by Guest Blogger on March 14, 2019

Special Guest post, with permission from Aine Greaney

I watched the woman cross at the traffic lights and start walking up my side of the street. She disappeared among strolling tourists, but then, there she was again. My hackles rose in recognition, and I recalled something Maya Angelou once said: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Eight years after my first and only encounter with that woman, I remembered in an instant how she made me feel.

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The Quest for Equal Rights through Nonviolent Protest: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Hrant Dink

Posted by Guest Blogger on April 9, 2018


April 4 was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The impact that Dr. King made spanned not just the South nor just the U.S. but influenced and continues to influence people around the world to raise their voices, pick up their pens, and speak of justice for all. Dr. King built on the momentum of Gandhi and made nonviolent protest an essential pillar of any civil rights movement. We see this influence even 50 years later in the life and assassination of Hrant Dink.

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Hope on Days with a Heavy Heart

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 4, 2016


Who am I?

Does it really matter?

 That goes from…





Gender. Sexuality.

And we can go on and on and on.”

This project was the brainchild of 7 educators across five content areas. What better way to end the school year than with a Civil Rights Spoken Word Showcase?

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Topics: Art, Spoken Word, Racism

“Powering Up” Facing History’s Unit on the Reconstruction Era

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 27, 2016

Malia Warner has taught at Beverly Hills High School for 11 years, and is a member of the Los Angeles Teacher Leadership Team for Facing History and Ourselves. In 2015, she participated in our "powering up" project with her United States History class. She describes her experience.

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Topics: Reconstruction, Teaching, Using Technology, Powering Up Facing History Lessons, Tech Innovation

Star Wars and Facing History

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 24, 2016

As we prepare for our summer seminars at Facing History, we start seeing connections to our work everywhere, even Star Wars. It turns out we aren't the only one! We are pleased to share the following excerpt from the soon-to-be-released, The World According to Star Wars, from the chapter, Rebels, by Cass R. Sunstein.

Star Wars isn’t a political tract, but it has a political message. After all, it opposes an Empire to a Republic, and a First Order to a Resistance, and its heroes are rebels, who want to return peace and justice to the galaxy.

That’s one reason for the universal appeal of the saga. Whatever your political convictions, and wherever you live, you’re likely to see an Emperor of some kind, and you’re likely to have some sympathy for the rebels or the Resistance. Your teacher or your boss might seem like an Emperor. Maybe your nation’s leader reminds you of Palpatine; maybe the opposing party is the Resistance….

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Critical Thinking, Bystander, Book, In the news

Telling History Forward

Posted by Guest Blogger on January 21, 2016

This is the time of year many Facing History teachers introduce their students to a study of the Holocaust - humanizing an event that can otherwise seem overwhelming. Many teachers use art or writing as part of the way students both process and share their learning, and the Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest is one way to do that with the added benefit of an authentic, external audience.

Hear one teacher describe her experience.

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behavior

The Promise of Los Angeles

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 24, 2015

LA2050 is an initiative that invites us all to innovate, imagine and create the future of Los Angeles. Facing History LA has a vision for strengthening the opportunity for youth to shape Los Angeles to be more compassionate, more engaged. Here one teacher shares his experience of this work. If you like what you read, vote for us in the LA2050 competition and share with others! We'd love to give this opportunity to youth from all over Los Angeles.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Urban Education, Upstander, Community Event, A View from the Classroom

Leaving a Mark

Posted by Guest Blogger on June 24, 2015

In the new Facing History video with Ben Kingsley my favorite image is the split image of a young woman, the viewer sees half of the back of her head and half of her face. This challenges me.

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Topics: Facing History PSA, A View from the Classroom

One Of Us? Or One Of Them?

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 13, 2015

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Choosing to Participate, Bullying, Critical Thinking, Facing History PSA, Upstander, A View from the Classroom

Upstanders: a Look Into a Middle School Classroom

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 7, 2014


On the first day of school, as each group of kids arrives for class, I meet them outside the door. I introduce myself and talk to them about how we enter the room ready to learn. I give them some guidelines: sit anywhere you want, share the space, everyone has to be included, don’t split up by genders. When we come in, we have to get in “the Zone” right away. That means our bodies and minds are focused and ready to take on the day. The same way we get ready before a big game or a performance, our actions show we are ready to be our best selves. The kids know what to do: they walk in; make sure their volume is at a level that isn’t disruptive to others; check for a note on the board; turn in any work that is due; kick off their shoes (literally and figuratively); grab a novel/magazine/map/nonfiction book; and find a cozy, safe place to curl up in and read for five to ten minutes while our minds settle in.

On that first day, it’s not exactly serene. They do come rushing in, scour the nonfiction shelves, magazine racks, and library, and eventually nestle into their respective spaces. Gradually, they relax into the reading—a few on a couch, others on beanbags, some on the rug. In stocking feet, minds deep into reading, a few moments of solace in a very hurried day."

Welcome to the classroom of Sara Ahmed.

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Topics: A View from the Classroom

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