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: Upstanders, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Empathy, Alumni

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: Community, Empathy, Alumni

Student Voice: Chronicling the Life of a Holocaust Survivor

Posted by Guest Blogger on August 8, 2014

This month we have a special treat: Student Justin Muchnick shares his summer project chronicling the life of a Holocaust survivor. All of us who have had the privilege of meeting a survivor in person know the powerful impact of that experience. Justin’s evolving relationship with survivor Ziggy Silbert has spanned several years, and we look forward to hearing and publishing more of his thoughts in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we share this introduction and invite you to share below a lesson you learned from hearing a survivor speak.

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Topics: Holocaust and Human Behavior, Student Work, Alumni

What could Facing History do for you?

Posted by Mary Hendra on January 28, 2014

Every year, we acknowledge the impact of Facing History and Ourselves through our annual Benefit Dinner. It is a beautiful opportunity to recognize the work of educators, community members, and Facing History Advisory Board members in making our world a better place. Here is a small taste...

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Topics: Alumni, Community Event

Why students today need to know Matthew Shepard

Posted by Marti TippensMurphy on October 9, 2013

Tonight we are screening the L.A. premiere of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, a new documentary about Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student who was murdered 15 years ago this month. Directed by Shepard’s friend Michele Josue, and edited by Facing History alum Liam McNiff, the film introduces Shepard in all the richness and complexity of his identity - as remembered by his close friends and family.

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Topics: Alumni, Community Event

Who will lead us into the future?

Posted by Marti TippensMurphy on March 27, 2013

David Burstein is a 23 year old Facing History alumnus who thinks deeply about the role of young people in making change. He started the Westport Youth Film Festival while he was in high school, and is the executive director of Generation18, the nation's largest youth run voter engagement organization which he founded in 2006.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Alumni

Ask Better Questions

Posted by Jennifer Lenardson on February 20, 2013

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Topics: Bullying, Alumni, Community Event

What is going to be your spark this year? How are you thinking about making a difference?

Posted by Marti TippensMurphy on January 2, 2013

Jonathan Lykes is a Facing History alum at the University of Chicago. This performance piece --a call to action, "a siren," by Jonathan has stayed with me since I first watched it several months ago.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzQMN2qkcU4]

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Alumni

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