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!

K-12 Twitter Chat: International Education Week
Thursday, November 7 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate International Education Week by joining us for a special #NCisGlobal Twitter chat on November 7th from 8:00 – 9:00 PM!  This Twitter chat is co-hosted by the NCDPI Global Education Committee, UNC-Duke Consortium for Latin American And Caribbean Studies, Center for European Studies, Carolina Navigators, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Carolina Asia Center, and the African Studies Center! This chat will follow the Q1/A1 format. Use #NCisGlobal, #NCIEW, and @NCGlobalEd  to follow the conversation on your Tweetdeck or app! See the questions below.

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