Professional Development

The Consortium regularly offers sessions at K-12 and community college conferences statewide. To keep updated on conferences and workshops, join our K-12 or community college listserv by contacting Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at

Upcoming Middle East programs

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources! 

Exploring Iran: Politics, Society, and Culture
Saturday, December 1 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UNC-Chapel Hill

K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies on Saturday, December 1 for an exploration of Iranian culture, politics, and society. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers will deepen historical and contemporary understanding of Iran with sessions by preeminent scholars in Iranian studies and make connections to the Iranian community in North Carolina. Teachers will explore the factors that led to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, as well as the revolution’s impacts on the Iranian government and people with Professor Omid Safi, Duke University. Teachers will then study Iranian politics and society after 1979, including relations between Iran and the United States within this broader framework with Professor Arang Keshavarzian, New York University. The second half of the workshop will focus on Persian culture and connections to North Carolina, including a panel with members of the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, a discussion of the cultural significance of Persian poetry, and interaction with the art exhibition Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora. This exhibition explores Persian art through objects of everyday use borrowed from Iranian community members in North Carolina. Teachers will also learn about classroom resources available from the Consortium.

Space is limited to the first 35 registrants. This workshop is FREE and open to any currently teaching educator or curriculum specialist in North Carolina. Registrants must be able to attend all hours of the workshop.

Registration is open HERE until spaces are filled. Please contact with questions.


  • 1.0 Renewal Credits (includes completion of pre-readings)
  • Access to scholars in Persian Studies
  • Activities and pedagogical training for teaching about Iran
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout

Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Culminating Workshop
Saturday, December 8
UNC-Chapel Hill

This final event in the year-long Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows program will feature a keynote presentation by a scholar on the importance of Middle Eastern and African studies and culturally-relevant pedagogy. The MEAC Fellows will also present curriculum they have created with fellowship themes and topics. This curriculum will be made freely available online for all educators. This is a closed event for the MEAC Fellows.

Other Opportunities

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is offering travel grants for NC educators to attend the annual fall meeting of SERMEISS (dates change slightly each year, but always in mid-October at the Valle Crucis Conference Center, Banner Elk, NC). If you are interested in applying, contact Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at by September 15 of the desired year. Please click here to download the application form.

• Open to secondary education and community college instructors in North Carolina
• The deadline for applications is September 15 of the desired year
• Please submit your resume or CV along with the completed application
• The applicant must intend on teaching in the consecutive school year
• All awards are a fixed $200, intended as a stipend for travel costs and registration, etc.
• Grant funds are awarded as reimbursements to teachers

World View, a public service program at UNC, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices, and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. World View organizes professional development opportunities including seminars and symposiums, workshops, online courses, on-site sessions, and study visits abroad. During these programs, participants immerse themselves with global knowledge and skills in order to integrate global education in all areas of the curriculum. Visit here to learn more about upcoming professional development programs.

Through World View, the Consortium supports the development of community college courses and course modules with Middle East content.  Click here for more information and to apply.
Below, please find sample community college modules developed with Consortium grant support:

  • Art Appreciation (ART111) – 2017
    Chellie LaPointe, Durham Technical Community College
  • Philosophical Issues (PHI215) – 2018
    Gaylyn Eddy, Robeson Community College
  • Theatre History I (DRA211) – 2018
    David J. Glover, Forsyth Technical Community College