K-12 Teachers: Apply for the Middle East & African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Carolina K-12 and the UNC African Studies Center invite currently practicing K-12 teachers and curriculum coordinators across North Carolina to participate in the 2018 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state. From visiting a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro to dining at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte to attending a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, this program aims to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina and develop culturally competent pedagogy. Read more ›

World View Receives UNC Food for All Grant to Bring Conflict Kitchen to Chapel Hill

Every three years the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chooses a university-wide common theme to call on the campus and all of its members and resources to mobilize around a common issue facing our society. This year the theme is Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives. World View is dedicated to supporting this initiative and has incorporated it into our K-12 global education symposium, Human Rights and Social JusticeRead more ›

Attend “Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics” Workshop

Secondary educators: Attend the “Turkey: From the Ottoman Empire to Contemporary History and Politics” workshop, presented by the Duke Islamic Studies Center with support from Qatar Foundation International and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. The workshop will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Duke University. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Read more ›

Discount for Friends of World View: Carolina Performing Arts China Orchestra

This school year World View will explore East Asia through the spring seminar and global study visit program to China.

Leading up to these great programs, we wanted to share an announcement on behalf of our friends at Carolina Performing Arts. They are offering special pricing on tickets for the November 2, 2017 evening program featuring China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra with Lü Jia, music director and conductor.

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Attend Free Workshops from the NC Council on the Holocaust

The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust offers free one-day, multi-county teacher workshops on the Holocaust throughout the state. The Council reimburses for public school substitute teachers. The workshop is designed for social studies, language arts and media specialist teachers working with grades 6-12 and educators will be awarded 0.6 CEUs upon completion.

The workshops include sessions on how to teach the Holocaust using best practices, a Holocaust survivor story and in-depth exploration of one of the following topics relevant to the Holocaust: history of the Holocaust, history of Antisemitism, propaganda or resistance.

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Educators: How to Help with Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Education Week recently shared pictures and stories about the devastation of Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. Readers were deeply affected and asked how they could help, and as a result Education Week published a list of ways educators can help from afar:


Read the full article here.

Apply for the Council Scholar Award Program

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte is committed to the expansion of international education in area schools. For the 24th year, they are running their Council Scholar Award Program, designed to reward outstanding teachers or administrators who have demonstrated a commitment to international education.

Applicants must be K-12 grade teachers or staff members with significant student contact in a Mecklenburg, Iredell, Cabarrus, Lincoln, Gaston or Union County school (public or independent). Read more ›

Culture Not A Costume

On the evening of October 31 the streets will be filled with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins, but also Pikachus, Elsas, doctors, astronauts, and more. Costumes that may be fun and games to some, can be hurtful or offensive to others.

Dressing in costumes that represent an entire culture can lead to generalizations and stereotyping. It can alienate and disrespect members of a community. Talking with students about the history of Halloween and how to best pick a costume by looking at them critically is important. Are the costumes they see on the media, in big box stores or in large Halloween-themed stores perpetuating stereotype or bias? Does the costume mock an individual or a religion? Just a quick search on one large retailer’s website produced dozens of choices for Mexican, Native American and geisha. Many of them portray these cultures in negative stereotypes. Read more ›

Register for “The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt and Syria,” a Free Webinar

Join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the National Humanities Center on Thursday, October 12, 2017 for a free webinar – “The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt and Syria” – with Professor Ellen McLarney of Duke University. Register here today: nationalhumanitiescenter.org/webinars.

This seminar explores the historical contexts leading to the eruption of the uprisings known as the Arab Spring in early 2011. After a brief introduction to politics in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria, we turn to the flowering of music, art, graffiti, poetry, film and digital media that gave expression to the revolutionary unrest. This seminar looks at how this cultural production functioned as a catalyst for political change, as art flourished as the authoritarian state’s censorship on political and artistic expression broke down. The second part of the seminar turns to the aftermath of the revolutions and the democratic processes and movements that emerged out of the Arab Spring. We focus on the influence of religion, religious parties and religious movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria – in the post-uprising elections, governments and constitutions. Although the 2011 uprisings initially seemed to be lit by the same spark, they had very different outcomes in these different cases.

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month – And Resources for Connecting Hispanic Heritage to the Classroom

 Hispanic Heritage Month is dedicated to recognizing the impact and influence of generations of Hispanic Americans on the United States, both as a nation and as a society. Originally established in 1968, Hispanic Heritage month takes place from September 15 to October 15. The 15th of September corresponds to independence days in five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Independence celebrations in Mexico, Chile and Belize also occur during the second half of September. 

Hispanic heritage has a long and rich history in the United States and continues to shape American society and culture. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately one fifth of the total US population is Hispanic. The US Census bureau uses the term “Hispanic” as a reference to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Integrating connections to Hispanic heritage in curricula across grade levels presents an opportunity for educators to develop global competencies and build critical literacy. There are many opportunities throughout the school year to make connections to Hispanic heritage. Read more for some possibilities and resources. Read more ›