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!

“Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” Professional Development Workshop in Greensboro, NC
Wednesday, October 9, 8:30 – 1:30pm | .5 PDH offered
In this half-day professional development workshop, teachers will explore various dimensions of the Middle East as well as make local connections to the Greensboro area. Sessions will feature speakers from UNC Chapel Hill and the Greensboro community and address history, cultures, migration, and diaspora. Teachers will gain strategies and materials for teaching about the region from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. For more information, contact  Jonathan Permar
Director of Social Studies, K-12,
This workshop is a collaboration between the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Guilford County Schools.

She Who Tells a Story: Women and Gender in the Middle East
A Workshop for Educators
Monday, October 28 2019 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
K-12 teachers are invited to join the Ackland Art Museum, Carolina K-12, and the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to explore the topic of women and gender in the Middle East.  During this interdisciplinary, arts-integrated workshop, teachers will learn about how women have shaped political, social, and cultural life of the Middle East, while making connections to the Ackland’s special exhibition, She Who Tells a Story:  Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World.

The workshop will highlight the diversity of women’s experiences in the region. Sessions by university faculty will complicate media representations and orientalist portrayals of women in the Middle East, highlight women’s activism in the region, and illustrate women’s social contributions in the Middle East. Teachers will also engage with She Who Tells a Story, which introduces the pioneering work of leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. Teachers will also learn about classroom resources available from the Consortium, Carolina K-12, and Ackland Art Museum. CEUS offered!

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. This workshop is 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 October 21 or until spaces are filled. Please contact with questions.

A number of substitute scholarships (up to $120) are available for teachers whose schools can not cover the cost of a substitute. Please indicate on this form that you would like to be considered for a substitute scholarship.

Presentation at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Conference: “Learning Through Languages: An Opportunity for Students to Show Global Expertise”
Friday, October 25 – Round 4 – 2:30 – 3:20
This session aims to provide teachers with information on the annual Learning through Languages Research Symposium (LTL) at UNC, a unique way for students to conduct and present research in their language of study. Through multiple perspectives (LTL directors, participant teachers, students) this session will feature strategies for guiding students to create research projects on global issues, share resources and examples of LTL projects, and ideas to incorporate this project in everyday classes.

Workshop: Global North Carolina Bringing International Competencies to Teachers & Classrooms
November 2, 2019 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Duke University
Expand global competencies and area studies knowledge in this one-day workshop. Sessions will address immigration trends, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, as well as diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of different global communities in North Carolina, preparing teachers to navigate global issues in the classroom. Workshop is free of cost; CEUs available. Space is limited, register here today.
Sponsored by the NC Department of Instruction & the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers

Webinar: “Understanding the Modern Middle East” with Akram Khater (NC State) Tuesday, April 21 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
FREE of charge! For more information and to register (required), visit here.
Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as turmoil-laden, sectarian and tribal pre-modern world. In this webinar, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the 20th century, and to understand the complexities and familiarity of its peoples and societies. The webinar will feature Akram Khater, Professor of History, Khayrallah Distinguished Professor of Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University. This event is in partnership with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

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 20 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 20 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