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Sarah Brady | October 30, 2018

Exploring Iran: Politics, Society, and Culture
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UNC Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center

K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for an exploration of Iranian culture, politics and society. During this interdisciplinary one-day workshop, teachers will deepen historical and contemporary understanding of Iran with sessions by preeminent scholars in Iranian studies and make connections to the Iranian community in North Carolina. Teachers will explore the factors that led to the Iranian Revolution of 1979, as well as the revolution’s impacts on the Iranian government and people with Professor Omid Safi of Duke University. Teachers will then study Iranian politics and society after 1979, including relations between Iran and the United States within this broader framework with Professor Arang Keshavarzian of New York University. The second half of the workshop will focus on Persian culture and connections to North Carolina, including a panel with members of the Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, a discussion of the cultural significance of Persian poetry and interaction with the art exhibition Reminders of Home: Persian Art Connecting Homeland and Diaspora. This exhibition explores Persian art through objects of everyday use borrowed from Iranian community members in North Carolina. Teachers will also learn about additional classroom resources available from the Consortium.

Space is limited to the first 35 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 Monday, November 26 or until spaces are filled. Please contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with questions.

Download a flyer for the workshop here.