Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources
(most recent listed first)
• April 13, 2019: “Women and Gender in the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators,” Durham Technical Community College: Teachers joined Carolina K-12 and the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies to explore women and gender in the Middle East. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers learned about how women have shaped political, social, cultural, economic, and religious life of the Middle East, complicating media representations and orientalist portrayals of women in the Middle East.
• April 11, 2019: “World War I and the Middle East: A Workshop for Educators”, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC: This workshop explored World War I and its impacts on the Middle East, providing historical context to today’s struggles over belonging, identities, and the map of the Middle East. In addition to learning about global impacts of the war, teachers made local connections and explored “North Carolina & World War I,” an exhibit on North Carolina’s role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.
• March 22-24, 2019: Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities Conference Travel Grant: The Consortium provided funding for three community college educators to attend this conference, which shed light on current realities in Gaza and introduced participants to Gazan culture.
• February 28, 2019: The Consortium offered a session at the 49th annual NCCSS Conference in Greensboro, NC: The Destruction of Syria (Dr. Charles Kurzman shared historical information about the invention of Syria, independence, governance over time, and revolutionary movements that have left Syria in total chaos. Presenters answered audience questions about Syria, and Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies shared free classroom resources for teaching about Syria and the refugee crisis).
• January 23, 2019: Webinar with award-wining author, J. Zeynep Joukhadar: The Consortium collaborated with the Middle East Book Award to present a conversation with award-winning author, J. Zeynep Joukhadar on her book The Map of Salt and Stars.
• December 8, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program Culminating Workshop, UNC-Chapel Hill: This final event in the year-long Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows program featured a panel discussion on the importance of Middle Eastern and African studies and culturally-relevant pedagogy. The MEAC Fellows also presented curriculum they created with fellowship themes.
• December 1, 2018: “Exploring Iran: Politics, Society, and Culture,” UNC-Chapel Hill: K-12 teachers joined the Consortium for an exploration of Iranian culture, politics, and society. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers deepened historical and contemporary understanding of Iran with sessions by preeminent scholars in Iranian studies and made connections to the Iranian community in North Carolina.
• November 29, 2018: Area Studies & Outreach Conference, Chicago, IL: Outreach Coordinator presented: “Knowing your Neighbors: Engaging Community Experts in Outreach to K-12 Educators” to other outreach specialists.
• November 7, 2018: Bassem Youssef: The Joke is Mightier than the Sword,
UNC-Chapel Hill: In this special event for teachers who have participated in the Consortium’s intensive teacher fellows programs, teachers explored the Arab Spring and political satire, focusing on the Egyptian Revolution and the environment in Egypt today.
• October 17, 2018: The Consortium offered two sessions at World View’s fall Global Education Symposium for K-12 educators; Co-director Charles Kurzman gave a keynote lecture on “The Destruction of Syria,” and Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver gave a concurrent session on “Teaching about the Middle East through the Arts.” At our exhibiting table, teachers were able to learn more about our programs and resources.
• October 11, 2018: Webinar: “The Dark Continent: (Re)Thinking and (Re)Defining The Way We Study and Learn Africa:” We partnered with the National Humanities Center to offer this webinar on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT, featuring Terza Lima-Neves, Professor of Political Science, Johnson C. Smith University. This seminar moved beyond sensationalized popular stories of Africa to focus on the current realities, successes and challenges as well as general themes illustrated through specific country examples from the African perspective, including content on North Africa. To access a recording of the webinar, please visit here.
• October 6, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Cultural Landscape & Community: Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
• September 8, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Cultural Landscape & Community: Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, Raleigh
• August 14, 2018: The Consortium offered two sessions on “Teaching About the Middle East Through the Arts” at the World View Global Education Summit, North Buncombe High School, Weaverville, NC.
• August 10, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Migration and Diaspora: NC African Services Coalition, Greensboro
• June 24-29, 2018: “Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics: A Summer Institute for Educators,” Duke University. 38 teachers from across the country joined us for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers deepened understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East.
• June 22, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Shared Histories & Cultural Retention: Middle East & African Food, Charlotte
• April 28, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Shared Histories & Cultural Retention: Masjid Omar Ibn Said, Fayetteville
• April 26, 2018: Webinar with award-wining author, Ibtisam Barakat: The Consortium collaborated with the Middle East Book Award to present a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.
• April 21, 2018: Environmental Issues in Latin America & the Middle East, UNC Chapel Hill: K-12 teachers joined the Duke-UNC Consortia in Middle East and Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a day-long interdisciplinary workshop to explore environmental issues in Latin America and the Middle East. During this interactive one-day workshop, teachers explored pressing global environmental concerns including issues related to water, climate change, mining, and environmental activism, as well as comparative ways to examine these issues across regions.
• March 1, 2018: Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program site visit: Migration and Diaspora: Al Sarah and the Nubatones, Durham
• February 24, 2018: Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East, A Workshop for Educators, UNC-Chapel Hill: During this creative one-day workshop, teachers learned about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle Eastwith world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, and explored how music and the arts can be an avenue to engage students in cross-cultural learning with Pierce Freelon. Click here to view the workshop agenda. Click here to view Hip-hop and Peacebuilding Teaching Resources.
• February 16-17, 2018: Program orientation for the Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program.
• February 8-9, 2018: The Consortium offered two sessions at the 48th annual NCCSS Conference in Greensboro, NC: Learning and teaching about global Islam through the arts (Art helps us grow and evolve in our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. This interactive session will enhance understanding of Islam through a cultural arts perspective); and The Truth About Terrorism (Join Carolina K-12 & the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies as they share information, answer questions, and share free materials for teaching about terrorism in the US & abroad.)
• December 13, 2017: Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium, UNC Chapel Hill. NC world language high school students had the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/ltl/ for more information.
• December 2, 2017: Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics, Durham, NC: In this day-long workshop, teachers explored the historical, political, and cultural aspects of the Ottoman Empire as well as its legacies and Turkey today (recommended for secondary educators).
• October 26-27, 2017: World View Symposium: Human Rights and Social Justice | Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill: This global education symposium featured sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and to provide pedagogical strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching. Omid Safi gave a keynote presentation, “Need for Social Justice and Finding Peace.” At our exhibiting table, teachers were able to learn more about our programs and resources.
• October 12, 2017: Webinar: The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria:
We partnered with the National Humanities Center to offer this webinar on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00–8:30 pm EDT, featuring Professor Ellen McLarney, Duke University. This seminar explored the historical contexts leading to the eruption of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring in early 2011 with a focus on influence of religion, religious parties, and religious movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria—in the post-uprising elections, governments, and constitutions.
• August 22, 2017: Word View Partner’s Program: A World of Opportunity, Northside High School, Jacksonville, NC: The 2017 UNC World View Partners Program in Onslow County kicked off the school year with a focus on 21st century global issues and global education. We presented two sessions on “Teaching about the Middle East: Strategies and Resources.”
• August 15, 2017: Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast: A local study tour for educators on Middle Eastern food: This one-day professional development program offered a meaningful experience for teachers to deepen their understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and foodways. The day began with a lecture by a scholar of Middle East studies. Then, teachers traveled to a variety of food establishments in the Triangle area and had an interactive cooking experience.
• June 25-29, 2017: Summer Institute: The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present, Duke University. During this five-day workshop, teachers were introduced to key themes in contemporary Islamic Studies, exploring overviews of the Safavid and Ottoman empires and their modern counterparts in Iran and Turkey, as well as the impact of Islam in America today. Visit the summer institute website for more information. This program was hosted by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, with support from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
• June 22, 2017: World View Global Education Leaders Program: Professor Charles Kurzman presented ‘Teaching the Middle East,” and Outreach Coordinator presented “Strategies for teaching about the Middle East.”
• Saturday, May 20, 2017: Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program: Final Workshop. This final workshop featured presentations by each fellow on the curriculum they created as well as a panel discussion, “Broadening Minds: Exploring the Diversity of Islam” to discuss major themes from the year and wrap-up the intensive fellows program.
• April 8, 2017: Silk Road: Past and Present, a Workshop for Educators, UNC Chapel Hill. This day-long workshop explored the Silk Road and contemporary trade through art, music, and presentations by faculty and staff from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, and Duke University. Please see the Silk Road Worskhop Schedule here.
• Friday, March 31, 2017: Sounds of Kolachi, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows. Presentation on Pakistan and Sufi traditions by David Gilmartin, NC State University.
• March 28-30, 2017: World View Spring Seminars: World View offered two seminars for K-12 and community college educators to learn more about Latin America, Africa and connections to North Carolina. Heeding Adichie’s warning about the dangers of a single story, World View’s seminar on Africa (March 29-30, 2017) – including N. Africa content – saught to highlight the diversity of lived experiences within the continent of Africa and the interconnectedness of Africa with other nations. At our exhibiting table, teachers were able to learn more about our programs and resources!
• March 2-3, 2017: North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference, Greensboro, NC: We presented two sessions: “Understanding the United States and Iran,” and “Religious Diversity in the Classroom: Learning and Teaching about Islam.”
• Thursday, March 2, 2017: Ajoka Theater: Dara, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows. Presentation on the Mughal Empire by Matt Cook, Professor of Postcolonial and South Asian Studies, NC Central University.
• February 12, 2017: Power of Poetry in the Classroom, During this innovative half-day workshop, teachers attended Mohammad Moussa’s Shattered Glass, then explored how spoken and written word can be used as a teaching tool in the middle and high school classroom with internationally renowned spoken word artist Kane Smego, particularly as a means to engage with social issues that connect to diversity, religious tolerance, and Islam.
• January 28, 2017: Islam in America: A Cultural History, In partnership with the National Humanities Center’s “America in Class Webinar” series, this free webinar posed the question, “What does it mean to be a Muslim American?” by addressing local and global, national and transnational identities led by Ellen McLarney, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
• Friday, January 27, 2017: Nani | Topeng Losari, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows. Lorraine Aragon, Adjunct Associate Professor for the Departments of Anthropology and Asian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill gave a presentation on Indonesian Cultural Arts.
• December 10, 2016, Visual arts workshop, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program.
• December 8, 2016, Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium, UNC Chapel Hill. NC world language high school students had the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/ltl/ for more information.
• November 12, 2016, Migration and Human Rights: Stories from Latin America and the Middle East, Duke University. The regions of Latin America and the Middle East are both influenced by contemporary migration patterns and concerns over human rights. These regions also share a history of connections via migration and the creative sharing of culture. This workshop will focus on migration, displacement, and human rights in the context of Latin America and the Middle East, as well as connections between these two regions.Download the agenda here. Download the reading guide here. Download the flyer here.
• November 9-10, 2016 World View Community College Symposium: From Local to Global: Exploring Environmental Sustainability. This day-a-half program explored significant global issues related to the environment and sustainability, offered best practices in global education, and provideed educators an opportunity to incorporate global components into the curriculum. At our exhibiting table, teachers were able to learn more about our programs and resources!
• October 25, 2016: Youssou N’Dour: Sufi Songs, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows. Barbara Anderson, Associate Director, African Studies Center; Lecturer, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies presented on “Sufism in Senegal” prior to the performance.
• October 19, 2016: World View’s Fall K-12 Global Education Symposium: Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning, The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education – This symposium explored Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning. Come visit our exhibiting table and learn more about our programs and resources! Click here for more information.
• September 18, 2016: Ping Chong & Company: Voices of Muslim Identity, Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program. Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor and Kenan Rifai Scholar of Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies presented on “Islam in America and the Diversity of Muslim American Identities” prior to the performance.
• August 16, 2016: “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” Study Tour, Greensboro, North Carolina. This program was a partnership between Guilford County Schools, Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro. This one-day Professional Development study tour provided a meaningful immersion experience for teachers, deepening understanding of Islam, as well as the cultures of Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the Triad. Click on the Study Tour tab for more information and resources!
• August 11, 2015: “Full STEAM Ahead” A cross-discipline program exploring global STEM & art education, World View Partners Program, Greensboro, NC: Outreach Coordinator Presented 2 sessions: “Using Hip Hop for Global Literacy: Exploring the Arab Uprisings through Lyrical Texts” (Lesson Plan: Exploring the Arab Uprisings through Hip Hop) and “Strategies for Teaching about the Diversity of the Middle East” (Click here for the lesson ideas).
• July 8, 2016: Anne Chesnutt Middle School Enrichment Day at UNC: Hosted day-long workshop for a language immersion school with sessions on the three cultures represented in their world language programs: Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
• June 28-July 12, 2016: Trip to Morocco!! In conjunction with GEEO (Global Exploration for Educators), a non-profit teacher-travel organization, the Consortium supported a trip to Morocco . Click here for all of the details and the itinerary! In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, the Consortium’s Outreach Coordinator accompanied the group to provide additional knowledge and help process the experience for the classroom.
• March 22-23, 2015: World View Spring Seminar- Building Bridges: Cultural Respect and Equity in the Classroom, The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill. This Seminar explored issues of multicultural education and equity to build a culture and climate of respect in the classroom. Click here for the schedule and resources. Come visit our exhibiting table and learn more about our programs and resources!
• February 25-26, 2016: North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC. We presented two sessions: Strategies for Teaching about the Diversity of the Middle East (Click here for the lesson ideas) and The Truth About Terrorism (Click here for the lesson ideas)
• February 19-20, 2016: World War I and the Transformation of the Middle East, UNC Chapel Hill. The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies’ annual conference provided professional development for K-12 teachers. Teachers completed readings, attended a concert of Ottoman music, participated in sessions with scholars from around the world, and attended a special working lunch to discuss classroom applications. Click here for the complete schedule and speakers. Resources: WWI LiveBinder with LOTS of resources | WWI Workshop Notes | WWI Lesson Plans | WWI Reading Guide
• January 29, 2016: Arab Refugee Crisis in the 21st Century Conference & K-14 Workshop, Duke University: This exciting conference focused on the Syrian crisis provided professional development for K-12 and community college educators. Click here for the complete schedule and speakers. Teachers received: sessions with undergraduate and graduate students, professors, activists, journalists, and artists who hail from around the world! Catered lunch! Guided discussion on classroom applications! Resources: Activities for Teaching about Arab Refugees | Click here to the Workshop Notes! | Click here for the Reading Guide!
• November 22, 2015: MEOC Nuts and Bolts Outreach Workshop at MESA: Outreach coordinator presented on Needs-Based Evaluation: K-12 & Community College Teachers Say “We Need More Resources on the Middle East”.
• November 11-12, 2015: World View Community College Global Education Symposium “Global Human Rights and Social Justice”, UNC Chapel Hill
This community college symposium will focus on global human rights and social justice. Come visit our exhibiting table and learn more about our programs and resources!
• November 10-11, 2015: Area Studies & Outreach in the Social Studies Classroom, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
UNC area studies outreach coordinators presented on how evaluation strategies support high-quality resources for educators, while engaging in best practices. We discussed how collected data informs center strategies, and how different methods have improved the sustainability and quality of various programs.
• October 21-22, 2015: World View Fall Symposium, UNC Chapel Hill
The 2015 symposium will focus on global environment and sustainability. Come visit our exhibiting table and learn more about our programs and resources!
• October 2-3, 2015: NC English Teachers Association Conference, Asheville, NC
Outreach Coordinator Presented “Using Hip Hop for Global Literacy“. Lesson Plan: Exploring the Arab Uprisings through Hip Hop.
September 27, 2015, Disgraced: A Workshop for Educators on Muslim American Identities, Center for Dramatic Art, UNC Chapel Hill: This workshop for secondary educators began with viewing a matinee performance of Disgraced, followed by two sessions to discuss the themes presented in the play. Disgraced, an award-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, tackles controversial questions of race, relationships and identity in contemporary American society. Click here for the READING GUIDE, and ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.
• September 12, 2015: Religious Beliefs and Religious Violence Seminar (offered by the UNC Program in the Humanities), Chapel Hill: Outreach Coordinator did a special working lunch session for teachers on strategies for teaching the diversity of the Middle East.
• August 11, 2015: “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” Local Study Tour, Triangle, NC. Click the link above for resources and more!
• August 6, 2015: “Navigating Global Literacies”: World View Partners Program, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Outreach Coordinator Presented “Using Hip Hop for Global Literacy“. Lesson Plan: Exploring the Arab Uprisings through Hip Hop.
• March 25-26, 2015: “The Modern Middle East” World View Spring Seminar, Outreach Coordinator presented “Hands-On Resources for “ReOrienting” the Middle East”.
• March 20, 2015: “The Modern Origins of Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East” Seminar, Program in the Humanities, Outreach Coordinator presented to K-12 teachers “Hands-On Resources for “ReOrienting” the Middle East. Resource: Common Misconceptions about the Middle East
• February 12-13, 2015: North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference, Greensboro, NC: Visit our exhibition table to sign up for our listserv and learn about our resources!
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