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!

Apply now to the 2020 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program

March – December 2020
The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a funded, eight-month intensive fellowship for teachers to explore Middle Eastern and African history, cultures, and diaspora through structured experiential learning experiences across North Carolina. Running March to December 2020, this program aims to enhance teacher expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies in part by making relevant connections to local communities.
Intensive Professional Development | Earn CEUS | $300 Stipend

Join us for a session at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference: Understanding Racism in the Arab World and Beyond

Details and Register.
Join Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a session on issues related to race and racism in the Arab world, including a presentation by a UNC scholar and resources for teaching about difficult topics. In this session, a UNC scholar will present research on racism in the Arab world, with specific examples from Lebanon and Tunisia. Presenters will answer audience questions about the Middle East, and Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies will share free classroom resources for teaching about race, racism, and other difficult topics with students. Teachers will deepen content knowledge of the Arab World and receive teaching strategies and resources.

Andalucía: History and Culture of Muslim Spain

Monday, March 2, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, NC

K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, UNC Center for European Studies, and National Humanities center for a one-day interdisciplinary workshop to explore “Al-Andalus,” the name given to Spain during 800 years of Islamic rule. During this time, Andalucía flourished as a center for learning, development and the arts, generating poetry, music, philosophy, and more. In this one-day workshop, teachers will learn about the history of Andalucía and the nature of the coexisting (or convivencia) of various cultural groups, as Andalucía was at the crossroads of several civilizations resulting in a blend of European, Spanish, Islamic, Arab, African, Middle Eastern, and Jewish civilizations. The program will also explore issues of cultural diversity and coexistence as well as intolerance and conflict, and how this relates to global issues today. Teachers will receive materials and strategies for teaching about Andalucía in the K-12 classroom. Earn .7 CEU.

REGISTRATIONSpace is limited to the first 20 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 February 25 or until spaces are filled. Please contact with questions.
*Substitute scholarships available*

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.

Travel to Jordan this summer with the Consortium and GEEO!

July 10-17, 2020
We are thrilled to partner with GEEO again this summer on their trip to Jordan for educators. This 8-day trip will take place from July 10-17. We will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites. GEEO offers cost-subsided travel programs for educators during the spring, winter, and summer. The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers – and you can earn PD and graduate credit. They are a lot of fun! The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
Visit to sign up.

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