The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present
Join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to key themes in contemporary Islamic Studies. Teachers will explore 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. Teachers will engage with scholarly texts, learn about classroom resources, and participate in experiential learning activities such as visiting a mosque. Throughout the summer institute, teachers will think about how to bring these themes into their classrooms and will work in groups or individually to develop curriculum or materials for classroom use. All expenses will be covered for selected participants including travel, accommodations, meals, and books required for the program. Read more ›
Africa in the Classroom & Community
Summer Institute for Teachers
August 2-4, 2017
The Center for African Studies Outreach Program at Howard University is hosting a three-day summer institute for highly motivated educators interested in reading, learning, and teaching about Africa. African Studies scholars will introduce educators to history, culture and contemporary issues in three African countries: Ethiopia, Mali and Angola. Educators who complete the 3 day course and design a related lesson will receive a stipend of $300. For more information, click here. Space is limited.
The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Not only does Newseum have physical presence in Washington, D.C., but it offers many resources through its website. Check out Newseum’s new and established classroom-ready materials to examine fake news and develop students’ critical thinking skills. Click here for highlights from Newseum’s activities, lessons, case studies and guest blogs. To engage in “Is This Story Share-worthy?, an activity where students use an infographic to gauge the value of a news story and weigh what they should do with it click here.
Singapore has a reputation for having a top place in international rankings for its rigorous and extensive educational system. Many US universities have already established campuses in Singapore including the Chicago Business School, NYU, John Hopkins, and Duke University. Singapore also holds numerous private schools and academies that serve the population of expatriates living there. Read more ›
The Rise of Asian Civilizations, A Summer Workshop
July 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
For hundreds of years, Asia has built rich civilizations known for their cultures and advancements in technology. Come join us for a day-long workshop as we dive deeper into the development of these Asian civilizations and their modern states through film, art and more while listening to the perspectives of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff. Teachers will also hear stories from the NC Asian refugee communities. This workshop is particularly relevant to world history, art, and dance teachers, as it is focused on civilizations’ development and cultural items, and their roles in the curriculum. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Please register here. Please see the Schedule here (small details still subject to change).
A small number of lodging scholarships (one night double occupancy hotel accommodations) are available for teachers traveling more than 200 round-trip miles to the training site. Please fill out this Lodging Application and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 16 to be considered for the scholarship. Teachers will earn 9 contact hours, or .9 CEUs, by successfully participating in the entire program. 8 hours will be earned on the day of the workshop, and 1 hour will be earned by completing 2-3 readings with accompanying reading guide prior to the program.
Students today need to be prepared for the global workforce. And educators at Durham Technical College are focusing on meeting that need. On May 11, 2017, educators LaTonya Steele, Michele Parrish and Stephen Brooks from one of World View’s partners, Durham Tech, conducted research at UNC-Chapel Hill on preparing global modules entitled “Doing Business in Global Markets” and “Technology in Today’s Global World” for the classes they teach: Introduction to Business and Network and Security Foundation. This research is supported by a grant they received from World View funded by the Center for European Studies as part of the NC Global Distinction Program. Read more ›
May 18, 2017
1:30-2:30 pm EST
Looking for a great end-of-the-school-year classroom activity? Join Women and Girls Lead for a Q&A with film subject Michelle Buyaki Nyatichi and filmmaker Koen Suidgeest from Girl Connected – a powerful documentary film about five inspiring girl leaders from five countries around the world.
1. WATCH: Organize a free screening (or assign as homework!) anytime before May 18. Use the free Engagement Toolkit for discussion and activity ideas. Want to send questions in advance? Use hashtag #GirlConnected on Facebook or Twitter, or email us directly!
2.SIGN UP: RSVP on the OVEE platform to get reminders and more information about the event. Test out the connection you will be using on May 18 to make sure you can access the platform with your firewall settings.
3. JOIN: Log in from 1:30-2:30pm EST May 18 and join the conversation with Michelle and Koen. Learn more about the Girl Connected Story Project and how you can record your own story using the StoryCorps App!
Click here for more information.
Teaching the EU Toolkits | K-12 Teachers
Download the Teaching the EU Toolkits, lesson plans + resources for teaching about contemporary Europe! Sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union to the US. If you would like hard copies mailed to your school free of charge, contact Noel Bynum. europe.unc.edu/teaching-the-eu-toolkits
Would your school or institution benefit from free professional development on contemporary Europe?
If your school or institution would like content rejuvenation on contemporary Europe, please reach out to us and let us know! We’d love to bring researchers to your school to present on the European Union, contemporary Europe, and the transatlantic relationship. Contact Noel Bynum for information on hosting an EU2U! Speaker
New Curriculum Resource on the Guatemalan Genocide
Video: “The Beauty of Resistance”
This video was created by UNC undergraduate student Caitlyn McHale, under the guidance of Rachel Schaevitz, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Public Humanities, in collaboration with the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas and the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. It was designed with a high school audience in mind and features UNC Professor Emilio del Valle Escalante and Duke Mellon Visiting Professor and Human Rights Activist Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj. The video examines the history of violence against the indigenous Maya people of Guatemala and how they have historically and continue to resist the multiple and brutal forms of state oppression.
Latin American & Caribbean Lending Library
The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers a Latin American & Caribbean Lending Library with sets of books available for K-12 level instruction free of cost. Educators may check out entire collections for one semester at a time. Through these collections, the Consortium hopes to encourage global awareness and provide exposure to Latin American and Caribbean cultures. For more information, please visit the lending library webpage. On this page you will find information about each of the available book collections, as well as a link to the request form. **Requests for the fall and spring semesters 2017-2018 are currently being accepted.**
Check out the Consortium’s revamped website!
Browse an array of resources, programs, and support for educators seeking to integrate Latin American and Caribbean content into the classroom.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Chávez, Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Outreach Coordinator.
Each year for the last 46 years, Earth Day – April 22nd – signifies the anniversary of the modern environmental movement and has become an annual event where activities are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day’s 2017 theme is “Environmental and Climate Literacy” and the goal is to achieve global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020. Learn more about Earth Day 2017, and ways to get involved by visiting the official Earth Day website. Read more ›