Professional Development

PDwordleThe 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

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!

Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East, A Workshop for Educators
Saturday, February 24, 2018, FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005 | UNC-Chapel Hill
K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then explore how music and the arts can be an avenue to engage students in cross-cultural learning with Pierce Freelon, Durham-based professor, musician and social entrepreneur. Teachers will also learn about resources offered by Carolina K-12 and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies related to these themes and more. The workshop will end with teachers attending a performance by Omar Offendum at UNC Chapel Hill. His poetry and music build on American hip-hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues of identity, belonging, and diaspora.
Click here to view the workshop agenda.

Register HERE today! Please contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with questions.

“SERMEISS in Medieval Spain: Guided Tour of the Lands of Al-Andalus” June 7–19, 2018
The Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar is pleased to offer five travel grants up to $500 to attend “SERMEISS in Medieval Spain: Guided Tour of the Lands of Al-Andalus” June 7–19, 2018. This educational trip will provide an on-the-ground exploration of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Southern Spain, led by Dr. Andrew Kurt, Assistant Professor of History at Clayton State University (Morrow, GA). Please visit for more information and the application. Program price ($2,587) includes all transportation in Spain, lodging, sight entry fees, and breakfast plus one meal per day. Airfare not included.

  • The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

For more information about the trip, please contact Professor Andrew Kurt at For questions about the application process, please contact Emma Harver,

***Insider tip:  K-12 teachers, you can also apply for Qatar Foundation International’s Teacher Professional Development Awards for this trip: K-12 teachers in the social sciences or arts: Qatar Foundation International is providing $2000 grants for teachers to participate in PD programs related to the Arab World. This includes attendance at workshops, conferences, summer institutes, seminars, or educational courses. Funds can go towards travel and registration costs associated with the attendance of relevant* professional development events including. *Content of the event should be directly related to the Middle East or the Arab world. If the event is not explicitly related (i.e. social studies conference), the applicant must demonstrate relevancy. For more detailed information and how to apply and please visit here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis dependent on funding availability. This + the SERMEISS grant would pretty much cover the trip, with the flight cost remaining.

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 dowload the application.

• 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 units with Middle East content. Below are examples of courses developed with Consortium grant support.