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The North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies encourages collaboration and cooperation in all aspects of Middle Eastern studies across Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, throughout the state of North Carolina, 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 North Carolina 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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Conference Builds Capacity for Arabic Language Teaching in North Carolina

Arabic greetings of marhaba (hello), sabah al kheir (good morning), and ahlan wa sahlan (welcome) were shared as attendees gathered for the inaugural conference of the emerging North Carolina Arabic Teacher Council (NCATC), November 13-14, 2021. “Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in North Carolina” was held at … Read more

Online Dialogues Connect Educators in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa

In Fall 2021, dozens of K-12 teachers from across the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) participated in two virtual Educator Dialogues, gaining strategies and resources to support newcomer students and globalize STEM education.  The dialogues, organized … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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