Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, law professor, and the son of Holocaust survivors. His novels include: The Golems of Gotham (2002), which was named one of San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Books and one of the New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2002; Second Hand Smoke, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 1999, and the novel-in-stories Elijah Visible, which received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in 1996 for the best book of Jewish-American fiction. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among other national publications.
Thane is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in human rights, legal humanities, law and literature, and also directs the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. He is the author of The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right, which was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004. His forthcoming novel for young adults, The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, will be published by
Rachel Shankman is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and was born in a displaced persons camp in Munich, Germany. In 1991, Rachel joined the Facing History and Ourselves staff and is now the Memphis Regional Director. Facing History and Ourselves is a national educational organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in civic education that encourages the skills, promotes the values, and fosters the ideals needed to sustain a democratic society. They offer interdisciplinary programs, resources and speakers for middle and high school educators that relate the past to the world today. Working with the Memphis Advisory Board, Rachel provides leadership on implementing educational and community programming for the region. She also plans, organizes, and participates in Facing History workshops and other professional development activities for educators. Visit Facing History and Ourselves, www.facinghistory.org.
Prior to coming to Facing History, Rachel served as the first woman President of Beth Sholom Synagogue, has served on numerous boards and was a graduate of Leadership Memphis, Class of 1994. She is listed in Who's Who for the year 2000 and is the recipient of the
Women of Achievement Award in the category of initiative. She was also received
the Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice from Christian Brothers
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