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The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies encourages collaboration and cooperation in all aspects of Middle Eastern studies across our two campuses and across disciplines. We study the Middle East as the region extending from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, and focus on interdisciplinary work.

As the recipient of a Title VI Middle East Studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Consortium is a National Resource Center.  We support our faculty, students, and also our community (K-12 and community college teachers as well as the general public) in deepening understanding of the Middle East. Whether you’re a scholar, student, teacher, or interested community member, the Consortium is here for you.

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The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is committed to deepening understanding of the Middle East in K-14 classrooms. Our outreach program supports K-12 and community college educators by offering professional development trainings, providing access to speakers, creating classroom resources, and more.

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UNC and Duke Area Studies Centers Support Globalizing Curricula Across Minority-Serving Institutions and Community Colleges

Educators from minority-serving institutions (MSI) and community colleges across the southeast led panels about how they utilize resources from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke area studies centers to advance global scholarship and integrate global curricula … Continued

Seminar for K-12 Teachers Provides Multifaceted View of the Middle East

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a partnership between the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, hosted a five-day, virtual seminar for K-12 teachers across the country from August 3-7. The seminar, “Diversities of the Middle East,” was funded by a Title … Continued

Learning through Languages Symposium Showcases High School Students’ Global Research

Ninety-seven high school students from across North Carolina participated in the fourth annual Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University on February 1, 2019. The event was organized … Continued

K-12 Teachers Complete Year-Long Fellowship on the Middle East and Africa

In December 2018, a group of thirteen K-12 teachers completed an intensive, year-long fellowship organized by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies (composed of the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center), UNC African … Continued

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