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

Upcoming Middle East programs

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 to be added to the waiting list! Please contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with questions.

Environmental Issues in Latin America & the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators
Saturday, April 21 | 9:00-5:00pm
UNC Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center, room 1009
More information coming soon!


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 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.