History Heard is building a vast tapestry of modern American, and now modern "world" history, by creating thousands of video interviews with first person witnesses to events. The project is entirely created and managed by high school and middle school students. The purpose is to bridge the ever-widening gap between teachers who are bound exclusively to printed text for historical research and a generation of students who are increasingly comfortable with a video format. The videos are created according to a firm set of standards that preserve their value as primary source material and the safety of the students involved.
With the recent controversies surrounding the American Presidency, check the videos in our "politics" section to brush up on your history! Here's our interview with Sid Davidoff, who was number 12 on Nixon's infamous Enemies List.
To see more history come to life, visit our Videos page!
This year, History Heard continues it’s “globalization” with more and more student leaders contributing from every corner of the planet! When we first began History Heard, even many supporters believed it was an interesting but perhaps “overly ambitious” project. A decade later we have dozens of fascinating interviews, which have been created by student leaders working on several continents, and which have been viewed in classrooms and living rooms tens of thousands of times! Thanks to the incredible work of the student leadership team each year, even our “overly ambitious” goals have been far surpassed. It is with incredible pride that we announce the global leadership team for the school year 2018 – 2019. As was our plan from the very first day, it’s important to remember that the day to day leadership of History Heard remains entirely student managed! This year’s leadership team is:
Global Student Director - Rebe Cires
Rebe is a senior at the Hastings School in Madrid, Spain. Also a leader at her school, Rebe has been actively involved with History Heard since she was a freshman. She is well known for her dedication and incredible work ethic!
Student Director for North America - Raphael Munchenbach
Student Director for South America – Rafael Marques
Student Director for Paraguay – Henrique Schechter
Student Director for Brazil – Ana Breyer
Student Director for Sao Paulo – Laura Somoza
Student Director for Europe – Laura Salem
Student Director for the United Kingdom – Mateo Baygual
Student Director for American International Schools Worldwide – Leo Gelband
Last year, as History Heard continued to grow, the leadership team was expanded to a directorship with nine members. This change ensured that no policy votes could be “tied.” Following its success, the nine member leadership team will now be a permanent part of the History Heard management model.
I'm pleased to announce some great news! With the outstanding student management team, I have been working to expand the global reach of History Heard. Discovering talented students who are willing to make the time and energy commitment to build History Heard isn't always easy. Fortunately, Nick Lorch, a student at the Uruguayan American School in Montevideo, Uruguay has stepped forward! We're pleased to announce that Nick will be History Heard's very first Student Director from Uruguay! We're excited to have Nick on board our management team.
I’m pleased to announce an exciting and capable team of students to assist me and help to lead History Heard during the coming year.
Rebe Cires will serve as the Student Director for Spain and Portugal. Her work last year in expanding the reach of History Heard within Europe has been amazing!
Raphael and Ines Munchenbach will serve as Student Co-Directors for France and Belgium. This will be a History Heard “first.” Raphael and Ines are a brother and sister who will be working together as a team!
Nina Stallone will serve as the Student Director for Latin America. Working with Nina will be a strong team of Student Directors responsible for individual Latin American countries.
Henrique Schechter will serve as the Student Director responsible for Paraguay. Henrique has done an outstanding job during the past year and will be the first History Heard Student Director from Paraguay!
Rafael Marques will serve as the Student Director responsible for coordinating History Heard with all of the British International Schools around the globe.
Gabriel Kligerman will be continuing his outstanding work and contribution by serving as the Student Director for Brazil. As Brazil faces an era of turbulent change and continues to be an important player on the global stage, Gabriel will oversee, coordinate, and build History Heard's presence in schools, museums, organizations, and governmental agencies.
Zlata Uzdenova will continue as the very first Student Director responsible for Russia. A native of Tomsk, Siberia now studying in California, Zlata adds a new base for History Heard.
Laura Somoza will break new ground for History Heard as she begins her role as the Student Director responsible for a “city,” Sao Paulo, Brazil. With a population of more than 10 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and the 5th largest city on the planet. It’s sheer size makes it as important to History Heard as many countries.
I should note that while this team of student leaders is an amazing asset to History Heard, our goals can’t be achieved without the commitment of students and teachers around the globe. Every student who creates an interview, every teacher who brings History Heard to a classroom for the first time . . . these are the anchors of our initiative! History Heard isn’t an organization . . . History Heard is you!
Congratulations to each of you and now . . . let’s get to work!
Global Student Director of History Heard
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we announce Marina Chang, a senior at the Taipei American School, in Taipei, Taiwan, has been selected to serve as the Global Director for History Heard during the 2017/2018 school year! Marina has some big shoes to fill as last year’s Global Director, Tamara Gelband heads off to the University of Pennsylvania from her home in Brazil. Thanks to the hard work of Tamara, Marina, several national directors, and student contributors from around the globe, last year was exceptional for History Heard. As this year’s student leadership team is assembled, we are confident that Marina will take History Heard to even greater standing as the world’s largest and most respected student managed History initiative!
I want to once again thank Amy and Kathleen for their effort creating History Heard several years ago. Without that first step, this amazing organization wouldn’t exist. And as we all understand, in today’s difficult world, we need more institutions like History Heard. I’d also like to thank the Global Directors who have preceded me as History Heard has grown and developed.
While the organization began in the United States, my goal for the coming year is to continue our global outreach. We’ve expanded to include participation from Asia, Latin America, and Europe. But, we need to better define the needs of schools on these continents and continue to offer more from History Heard. In addition, we still haven’t become a common classroom tool in Australia. With help from all of you, I’m confident that we can make great strides during the coming year!
As the Global Director for History Heard this year, I'm learning to grapple withsome interesting challenges. The time difference between Rio and Taipei is ten hours, which is often a challenge! I am extremely proud of the work Marina Chang is doing in Asia to introduce and promote the value of History Heard. It's remarkable to see our Regional Student Directors building and expanding the History Heard community. Great job Marina!
Political conflict is not a new concept and has always shaped the course of history. Acts of civil disobedience have helped to decide the outcomes of these conflicts. One of our Brazilian correspondents, Raphael Munchenbach, sat down with a man from Pakistan who walked with Gandhi during his peaceful protests.
Click here to see this interview now, or check out our videos page for more!
History Heard is growing! We're currently negotiating with over a dozen schools in South America that are interested in incorporating History Heard in their classrooms. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in supporting our project!
Check out our newest videos, including interview with olympic athlete Muriel Hurtis-Houairi, on our videos page!
A note from History Heard Global Student Director Tamara Gelband:
I'm honored to be named the 2016/2017 Global Student Director. It's my goal to expand the reaches of History Heard farther than ever before. History Heard is an incredible resource that grows richer with each person involved. That's why it's so important to not only expand within our own communities, but to reach out to communities beyond our own. As we say at History Heard, everyone has a story!
Now to work! We've had some amazing feedback from schools in South America about getting involved with our project and incorporating History Heard into their curriculums, and we're currently expanding in Europe and Asia. If you're a student or educator looking to get involved with History Heard or want to know more about how to incorporate History Heard videos into your curriculum, please contact us! We welcome your contributions to our project and look forward to hearing from you.
History Heard is boldly advancing its role from an American education initiative into an international classroom tool. This year, the founders and Directors of History Heard are pleased to announce our new leadership team.
Tamara Gelband has been named as the History Heard Global Student Director for 2016/2017. A high school senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tamara has been an important force in developing History Heard throughout South America. History Heard is somewhat of a "family affair" in Brazil. Tamara first became involved with History Heard when her older brother, Alan, now a student at Yale University, served as Global Student Director. He was the first student from outside the United States to be named to the position, and now Tamara will be the second! She grew up with History Heard and has made expanding the international role of the initiative her leadership focus. Tamara will be supported by a strong team of international leaders.
As the 2016/2017 Student Director for Asia, Marina Chang from Taipei, Taiwan, willcontinue her outstanding work building the presence of History Heard throughout Asia. Although a Taipei resident, Marina has formerly lived in South America, and she attends an American international high school.
The 2016/2017 Student Director for Europe will continue the multicultural experience for History Heard's leadership team this year. Rebe Cires lives in Madrid, Spain, but attends a British international high school and spends each summer in the United States.
As this new team of student leaders tackles the challenges of the upcoming year, we'd like to take a moment to thank KarinaSchecter from Naples, Florida for her outstanding service leading History Heard during the past year. Karina is now beginning her freshman year at Vanderbilt University. Karina, thank you and good luck in Nashville!
First person accounts of past generations are lost everyday. History Heard has created a way to preserve those stories. Video interviews provide a firsthand look at history from the people who were there. The videos can be used as interesting primary sources for students.
For centuries, knowledge and wisdom have been passed down from older generations to younger ones. Somehow in our fast-paced world, we've lost this tradition. It's time not only to bring it back but to improve it. The stories that people share can now be heard and seen all over the world at the click of a button.
Everyone has a relative or friend or knows of a local nursing home where they can sit down and talk to someone with an amazing experience that is waiting to be shared with the world. Everyone has a story.